The outlook for progress in the water infrastructure industry looks very bright; and Black & Veatch's 2015 Strategic Directions Report further confirms that collaborative delivery models such as design-build and construction management-at-risk are at the forefront of making it become a reality.
This report, which surveyed 454 qualified utility, municipal, commercial, and community stakeholders, more than half of which responding were utilities, found that they were either currently using, or already considering the use of, design-build as part of the delivery strategy to implement their capital programs.
The report also validated other industry sources claiming that the key advantages driving the use of collaborative design-build delivery models are scheduling savings, developing collaborative working relationships, the single point of responsibility, and cost savings. No longer considered an alternative delivery method, the benefits of design-build are not only continuing to drive the growing acceptance of DB in the market, but have now positioned it as “mainstream.”
While there are clear benefits outlined in the survey, the report also confirmed research data from the Water Design-Build Council (WDBC), indicating two of the single largest elements that raise owners' concerns when considering DB delivery: Loss of control and life cycle challenges.
WDBC's educational materials and programs confront these topics and provide further insight to resolving their concerns. Produced from WDBC’s research data, these education programs provide additional focus on loss of control and life cycle concerns, which are resolved through the recommended best practices and options embedded in the flexibility of collaborative delivery. Subsequently, control and life cycle are no longer concerns, but rather become assets to an owner's successful delivery of their vital water and wastewater infrastructure.
Please click here for more information about Black & Veatch's 2015 Strategic Directions Report. For more information about the Water Design Build Council's education series, and to learn more about how collaborative delivery can benefit your water or wastewater agency or utility, please see our website.