Water Design Build Council Blog

The Olathe Water Treatment Plant Expansion: Fixed-Price Design-Build

Posted by John Doller, Senior Vice President, Carollo Engineers, Inc. on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 @ 06:30 AM

The decision of the City of Olathe, KS to pursue a design-build delivery method to expand the its existing 17-mgd water treatment plant to 36 mgd and then retaining Carollo Engineers to perform a feasibility study, were essential first steps towards achieving a successful project conclusion.

Following the feasibility study, the City not only contracted with Carollo for 30% design of the expansion; but also a joint venture of Carollo Engineers and Garney Construction to complete the design and construct the treatment plant expansion. This award-winning design-build project included the integration of membrane filters into the existing retrofitted lime-softening facility.

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Tags: Carollo, water design-build project

Defining the Role of Design-Build Delivery for Utility of the Future

Posted by Admin on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 @ 01:46 PM

WDBC Vice President Leofwin Clark conveyed to NACWA attendees at the 45th annual conference the message as to the role that design-build delivery has for achieving their vision of the Utility of the Future. Design-Build is a foundational approach to this topic – collaborative delivery is fundamental to the goals of the Water Resources Utility of the Future vision and to Innovative Financing.

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Tags: Collaborative Project Delivery

What Are the Top 3 Success Factors in Collaborative Project Delivery?

Posted by Linda Hanifin Bonner on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 @ 09:28 AM

In my day-to-day interaction with owners and industry colleagues, one of the most common questions asked over the years about design-build delivery has been… “What are the key success factors for a Design-Build (DB) or Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) project?”  

Is it a schedule-focused approach, or is it driven by technical innovation?  What about project costs: Should capital cost considerations drive project decisions, or are operations and maintenance costs better indicators of success?  

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Tags: Collaborative Project Delivery

Oppose Cuts to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program

Posted by Admin on Wed, Jul 08, 2015 @ 09:59 AM

This week, the House of Representatives will vote on a proposed fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that contains significant cuts to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program. The WDBC is urging its members in the water and wastewater industry to contact their Representatives TODAY to urge them to oppose these cuts.  It is critical that we make our voices heard on this issue. 

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Design-Build-Operate: Recommended Best Practices

Posted by Admin on Thu, Jul 02, 2015 @ 10:25 AM

Design-build-operate (DBO) offers an important expansion of the design-build (DB) project-delivery method for the water and waste-water industry. DBO comprises all of the components of DB -- including design, permitting, procurement, construction, and testing -- and also includes operation and maintenance (O&M) of the completed facility. Thus, the delivery of the project and services provided to the owner do not end at final acceptance; services continue through a defined operational term.

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Tags: design-build, best practices

WDBC Seeks Information about Federal Design-Build Delivery Projects

Posted by Admin on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

In furthering its ongoing research program, the Water Design-Build Council (WDBC) is seeking information identifying any type of federal project that has specifically used progressive design-build as its delivery method. 

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Tags: design-build, water design-build project

Design-Build Delivery: Nitrogen Removal to Benefit the Chesapeake Bay

Posted by Admin on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

The Hopewell Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility (HRWTF) is a 50 million gallon per day (mgd) secondary wastewater treatment plant, currently treating an annual average flow of approximately 27 mgd of combined wastewater from local industries and domestic sources.

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Tags: HDR, Wastewater Infrastructure

Progressive Design-Build Delivery Retrofits a Water Treatment Plant

Posted by Admin on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 @ 10:31 AM

In 2013, the city of Venice, Florida needed to retrofit its existing Reverse Osmosis (RO) 4.4 mgd, water treatment plant with new RO membrane skids that could meet the existing total dissolved solids (TDS) and flow conditions. To accomplish this task, the plant also needed to have the flexibility to decrease well withdrawals by second stage treatment and increase capacity without increasing well withdrawals through increased recovery.

As a result, the city’s overall goal for the project was to optimize the existing (treatment) system for the future and get the best performance out of the membranes by installing new pumps, cartridge filters, upgrading the clean-in-place system; and providing a new state-of-the-art fully automated SCADA system.

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Tags: Haskell, design-build

Recommended Best Practices: Preparing for a Water Design-Build Project

Posted by Admin on Tue, Jun 09, 2015 @ 01:49 PM

These “Recommended Guidelines for Best Practices,” Produced by the Water Design-Build Council, summarize the directions provided in the 3rd Edition of the Municipal Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook.

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Tags: water design-build project, best practices

Repairing Our Nation's Water Infrastructure: Dramatic Efforts Needed

Posted by Linda Hanifin Bonner on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 12:13 PM

The dramatic need for repairing and replacing the nation's water infrastructure was spotlighted last week across the U.S. by numerous organizations. But, this is not the first time, nor will it be the last!

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Tags: Wastewater Infrastructure