Water Design Build Council Blog

What Stimulates Innovation in Design-Build Projects?

Posted by Kevin D. Waddell, P.E. Estimating Manager - Civil | Foley Company on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

Innovation, what is it? Change, alteration, ingenuity, inventiveness. These are all words that describe the process and results of being innovative. 

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Topics: Black & Veatch, water design-build project

The Principles of Open-Book Pricing

Posted by Leofwin Clark, WDBC President and CH2M Vice President on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Several of our industry’s best collaborative-delivery methods— namely construction management at-risk (CMAR) and progressive design-build — rely on an open-book process for developing cost and pricing during preconstruction.

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Topics: CMAR, design-build

Design-Build in the Industrial Sector

As we observe the growth of design-build as a project delivery method in the municipal water market, I am reminded that our industry was a late adopter of collaborative delivery. In those early days of delivery method evaluation, some of us would point to the success achieved in the industrial markets using design-build as a reason to consider “alternative project delivery” in the design-bid-build world of water. But what is the reality of the industrial design-build market? 

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Topics: risk allocation, design-build, best practices, Collaborative Project Delivery

How Much Risk Should an Owner Transfer to a DB Firm on Their Project? 

One of the benefits of collaborative project delivery is that it allows owners to transfer risks to the design-builder that they would normally have to retain in a standard design-bid-build project delivery framework; however, owners should resist the temptation to divest themselves of all project risk and transfer everything to the design-builder.

Rather, owners should carefully weigh the cost/benefit of risk transference and develop a project risk allocation strategy.

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Topics: risk allocation, design-build, water design-build project

The North Davis Sewer District Biosolids Progressive Design-Build Project

With Utah’s population expected to nearly double by 2050, several of the biosolids treatment processes at or over capacity, and outdated technology hampering overall efficiency, North Davis Sewer District (“the District”) needed to expand and improve its facility.

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery

Design-Build Delivery: Not Just for 'Big' Water Projects

Quite often, many of the examples of publicized projects about design-build delivery are larger projects – which is not always an accurate representation of what is going on in the industry. For instance, a few months ago, I was partaking in my normal perusing of Google alerts for online items relating to projects in the water sector, when I spotted an intriguing newspaper headline from a small Ohio village.

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Topics: design-build

The Common Language between Utilities of the Future and Design-Build Delivery

This piece was originally published here on April 1, 2016.

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery

Fixed-Price Design-Build Selection

Posted by Doug Wachsnicht,Vice President, Goodwin Brothers Construction on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 @ 03:02 PM

The fixed-price design-build delivery method allows owners of water infrastructure to select design-builders that best fit the project budget, scope and schedule requirements.  With a good understanding of their overall project objectives, budget, and schedule requirements in the procurement process, owners can achieve the great success using fixed-price design-build.

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Topics: design-build

Mitigating Risks Through Collaborative Delivery

During the preliminary design or preconstruction phase of a project, developing a risk registry in parallel with the design, scope development and costing, gives the owner and the collaborative delivery firm a clear understanding of potential risks and their potential effects on delivering the final project.

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery

Key Steps to a Successful Transition to Owner Operations

Both the owner and the selected collaborative-delivery firm share responsibility for ensuring a smooth transition from construction to operation. This process actually begins during the planning stage, when the owner drafts the implementation plan. The transition process is later addressed in the owner’s procurement documents, contract, and final project implementation plan.

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Topics: design-build, Collaborative Project Delivery

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