My work in 2016 started with support on a new program for a terrific client that is all about building critical infrastructure. Together, we’re figuring out the best delivery method to share risk, manage cost, drive innovation and get a shovel in the ground. It’s no surprise that alternative delivery is front and center in our thinking. And, oops, there I go again.
For over 20 years we’ve been calling this "new way" of doing things alternative delivery. Except, we all recognize that design-build isn't the "alternative" any longer. In fact, design-build, construction management at-risk and even design-build-operate and public private partnerships are all now commonly accepted means to getting projects done right.
In reality, traditional design-bid-build is quickly becoming the alternative – the exception – in the project delivery tool-box.
A few years ago, the Water Design-Build Council adopted the term collaborative delivery to recognize this successful evolution of our industry. Owners have largely shifted from the practice of assuming traditional delivery is a given, and there is now wide acceptance of virtually any delivery model that will result in the best value to the public who pays the bills.
But occasionally I slip-up and forget how far we’ve come. So, my New Year’s resolution at the outset of my term as the 2016 Water design-Build Council president is to focus on collaborative delivery – not just as a term-of-art, but as the fundamental means for doing a better job to solve clients' challenges.
The Water Design-Build Council has proven its worth in supporting this outlook, and 2016 will build on its past successes. Indeed, collaboration is at the core of our priorities for this year:
- Further refinement and expansion of the Water Design-Build Council's Municipal Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook as a primary means of communicating our industry's best practices;
- Deep collaboration with DBIA, WEF, AWWA, and NACWA to ensure our educational programs and mutual interests in better public infrastructure are shared widely;
- Inclusion of our Advisory Members into the continuous gathering of lessons learned and thought leadership; and
- A continued commitment to original, groundbreaking research to provide insight to how we can all improve water and wastewater infrastructure.
On behalf of our member firms, please join me in this 2016 resolution to put collaborative delivery front and center. We’re looking forward to a great year.