Water Design Build Council Blog

Allocation of Risk and Liability in a Design-Build or CMAR Project

Posted by Admin on Wed, Nov 12, 2014 @ 11:30 AM

Risk and liability allocation in a design-build or CMAR contract generally follows the principle that risks should be allocated to the party in the best position to manage them. Whether it is the owner or the design-build or CMAR firm that prepares the contract, a risk allocation matrix can provide a useful starting point.

A risk allocation matrix identifies potential risks across a project and then allocates or shares these risks between the owner and a firm. The objective is to reduce the owner’s risk-related costs by taking into account the following concepts.

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Progressive Design-Build Procurement Selection Process

Posted by Admin on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 04:16 PM

Progressive design-build procurement enables an owner to select the design-builder on the basis of qualifications. It is recognized, however, that some owners may not want, or may not have the ability (due to applicable law), to base selection solely on qualifications. The WDBC model documents, therefore, include RFQ and RFP templates for best-value (incorporating both price and non-price factors), as well as qualifications-only selection.

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Project Spotlight: Charnock Well Field Restoration Project (California)

Posted by Admin on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

In California and serving a population of nearly 90,000, the Santa Monica Water Treatment Plant and the City’s Charnock Well Field stand as examples of the issue faced by many utilities throughout the United States—limited fresh water supplies, mixed and/or emerging contaminants, and tighter regulations.

After more than a decade with the Charnock Well Field closed due to contamination from MTBE (a gasoline additive), the City reached a settlement agreement with the three major oil companies, whose leaking underground storage tanks caused the contamination. The settlements would fund a restoration project on the facilities. On the heels of the lengthy settlement process, Santa Monica faced an urgent need to move toward water self-sufficiency.

Drought limited the volume of water that could be delivered to Southern California from the state water project. Using the city’s groundwater wells is a sustainable way to provide water, and this project was on the fast track. In deciding to use progressive design-build delivery for this project, the city selected the design-builder based both on qualifications and approach to problem-solving, with an open-book cost estimate for construction to be made during the 30 percent to 60 percent phase of design.

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Project Spotlight: Longmont, Colorado, Water Treatment Plant

Posted by Admin on Fri, Oct 03, 2014 @ 05:12 PM

Located within Boulder County, the city of Longmont had been operating three water-treatment facilities: the Wade-Gaddis plant and two much older facilities known as the West plants. The city needed to replace the two aging plants due to more stringent regulator standards for drinking water and the increased demands of a growing population and economy. 

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Producing a CMAR Project Management Plan

Posted by Admin on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 @ 10:50 AM

Although many facts of managing a construction management at-risk project are similar to managing a design-build project, there are distinctive differences. Much like design-build projects, CMAR projects are also all about teamwork and reaping the benefits of constructor collaboration as early as possible in design development. In contrast, however, a CMAR project owner has separate contractual relationships with the CMAR firm and the designer.

Because of this, as well as other differences, owners overseeing a CMAR project should make the following considerations when putting together a project management plan.

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Project Spotlight: United Water New Jersey Water Treatment Facility

Posted by Admin on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 @ 11:19 AM

United Water New Jersey was facing a number of challenges: growing consumer demand, new stringent drinking water regulations from the New Jersey Department of Environment Protection, taste and odor issues in the treated drinking water, and aging water treatment plant equipment.

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Guidelines for Conducting the Procurement Process

Posted by Admin on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 @ 12:14 PM

Successful design-build or construction management-at-risk projects begin with a well-planned and thoughtfully executed procurement process. This process should be based on the owner’s objectives, expectations and priorities that are clearly defined. Together or independently, these variables can affect the timeline and complexity of the procurement process, in addition to costs.

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8 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Project-Delivery Method

Posted by Admin on Thu, Sep 04, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

When it comes to water and wastewater infrastructure projects, more and more owners are reporting quality project results that are both on schedule and within budget. The common denominator? Collaborative project-delivery methods. But for decision makers, choosing the best project-delivery method can be challenging – every project is different.

In order to select the best project-delivery method, here are the questions you need to consider:

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Project Spotlight: Orlando, Florida, Wastewater Treatment Project

Posted by Admin on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 @ 11:45 AM

With the goal of diverting freight traffic from Orlando, Florida, CSX offered to purchase the city of Winter Haven’s 1,200-acre spray field for the development of an intermodal station. The city wanted to sell the property in order to gain the financial benefit of the sale price, in addition to creating economic develop opportunities and additional tax revenue for the community.

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Project Spotlight: Carroll County, Maryland, Water Treatment Plant

Posted by Admin on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 @ 04:20 PM

In Maryland, the Carroll County Bureau of Utilities needed a 4-mgd expansion added onto their existing 3-mgd water treatment plant in order to adequately serve the county’s 31,000 residents. The bureau also needed to design and construct a new 24-inch water transmission main, as well ancillary equipment, structures and facilities.

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