Water Design Build Council Blog

Managing Design-Build Projects for Water Infrastructure

Posted by Admin on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 04:30 PM

By Liz Kelly, CH2M HILL Senior Consultant

Liz Kelly presented at a half-day workshop, “Managing Design-Build Projects for Water Infrastructure,” on Tuesday, February 17, at 8:30 a.m., during the 2015 AWWA/WEF Utility Management Conference (UMC), held from February 17-20, in Austin, Texas.  Learn more about CH2M HILL’s participation in UMC 2015.

Delivery of water projects using alternative contracting approaches continues to be of great interest in the water industry. 

The three-hour workshop, sponsored by the Water Design-Build Council (WDBC), was a “problem-solving” interactive education session designed specifically for utility administrators and agency managers involved in capital water and wastewater projects. The overall goal of these sessions is to equip industry professionals with the essential knowledge they need to plan for and manage through the transition process, a design-build water and wastewater infrastructure rehabilitation and replacement project.

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Enhancing Innovation through Design-Build

Posted by Admin on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 11:01 AM

Authored by: Chitra Foster, Vice President, and Andrew Beaton of CDM Smith

Every owner knows that innovation is vital to building and maintaining water and wastewater infrastructure. If you’re looking at design-build delivery, you’re already moving in the right direction. Design-bid-build siloes engineers, contractors and owners in traditional roles. Design-build teams achieve a better final product with higher value and greater innovation, because engineers, builders and owners are given the agility to collaborate in an integrated process.

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What Are the Benefits of Using Design-Build Delivery Methods for Water and Wastewater Industry Projects?

Posted by Admin on Wed, Jan 07, 2015 @ 02:15 PM

It is well-documented through research data within the water industry, that design-build delivery methods for municipal water and wastewater projects are being used with increasing frequency across the United States. These predominant delivery methods include Design/Construction Management-at-Risk, Fixed Price Design-Build and Progressive Design-Build.

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Castle Rock (CO) Water Supply Augmentation Project

Posted by Admin on Wed, Dec 03, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

The Town of Castle Rock, Colorado, faced demand projections that exceeded their available water supply. The town identified properties for deep-aquifer well development and transmission to their newly constructed water treatment facility.

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Report Finds States' Use of Progressive Design-Build Has Doubled Since 2012

Posted by Admin on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 @ 11:30 AM

In 2012 the Water Design-Build Council produced a new Procurement Guide for Progressive Design-Build Projects for use by the water industry for infrastructure projects. The WDBC also released the findings of a separate research study reporting that legislative statutes in 13 key states (randomly selected throughout the United States) contained language representing impediments to furthering the use of progressive design-build as a delivery method for water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

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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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