Water Design Build Council Blog

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

The Use of a Continuous, Real-Time Approach in Collaborative Projects

Posted by Dan Reynolds, Vice President and COO, The Walsh Group on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

In design-build delivery, the construction management at-risk (CMAR) firm’s ability to provide real-time services in an integrated and collaborative environment, is key to delivering the project on a reliable schedule and with a higher level of assurance of meeting the GMP during preconstruction services.

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Topics: CMAR, design-build

Safety in the Integrated Project Delivery Approach

Posted by David O'Dell, Vice President of Project Development, UCI on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Safety on projects is increasingly important for a successfully completed project in financial outcomes, as well as public perception. In addition, it is just the right message to send to all of the team by saying that it is unacceptable for anyone to be injured.

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Topics: design-build, safety

What is Construction Management At-Risk?

Posted by John Awezec, HDR Integrated Delivery Director, WDBC Board Member on Wed, Jun 08, 2016 @ 04:46 PM

Throughout the North America’s design-build industry, there are a number of project delivery models that are successfully used for the design, construction and operation of water and water reclamation facilities. 

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Topics: CMAR

Smart Partnerships Involve Equipment Suppliers in an Evolving Water Design-Build Industry

Posted by Roman J. Aguirre, Evoqua Water Technologies, WDBC Advisor Member on Tue, May 24, 2016 @ 04:51 PM

Equipment vendors and technology suppliers are quickly becoming important players in collaborative delivery for the water industry. As technologies become more advanced, equipment suppliers offer a wide portfolio of state-of-the-art solutions with respect to operations, service impacts, and long-term performance.

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Topics: Wastewater Infrastructure, Water Infrastructure, design-build, Collaborative Project Delivery

Innovative Approach to Remediation System Design Brings EPC to Industrial Client

Posted by Tom Visosky, PE | Arcadis, Design-Build Director on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 @ 03:12 PM

Collaborative contract delivery solutions are not just for municipal clients. Arcadis is providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to improve the operating efficiency of a groundwater remediation effort.

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Topics: Arcadis, Collaborative Project Delivery

What's So "Progressive" about Progressive Design-Build

Posted by Leofwin Clark, WDBC President and CH2M Vice President on Thu, Apr 07, 2016 @ 02:40 PM


It’s political season and the news is filled with commentary on liberals and conservatives and... progressives. So what exactly is so progressive about progressive design-build?

Well, it's no surprise, but the label for this valuable delivery method doesn’t have any political meaning! Instead, it’s all about evolving the design-build process to meet the needs of owners that could not use – or preferred not to use – fixed price design-build:


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Topics: CMAR, Wastewater Infrastructure, Water Infrastructure, design-build

We Can't Afford to Be Reactive About Water and Wastewater Issues

Why does it take a crisis or public outrage to motivate policy officials to take action on water and wastewater issues? In 2016, the water quality and compliance issues impacting the public’s health and environment – with the crisis in Flint, Michigan, serving as a prime example – should not be happening. 

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Topics: Wastewater Infrastructure, Water Infrastructure, design-build

A Decade of Progress in Water Design-Build Delivery

As 2015 came to close, the city of Houston, Texas, awarded a $900 million progressive design-build project to a joint venture of Water Design-Build Council member firms CDMSmith and CH2M for the design and construction of a 320-mgd water purification project. The project would expand the northeast plant from 80-mgd capacity in order to meet the demands for water by residents and businesses. Immediately signing the contract, the project teams began work in early 2016.

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Topics: CMAR, design-build, water design-build project, Collaborative Project Delivery

"Can I Use Local Contractors in a Design-Build Project?"

A common question we hear is, "Can I use local contractors in a design-build project?" The short answer is, "Yes, you can." However, there are advantages and disadvantages to be considered.

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Topics: design-build


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