Water Design-Build Council Blog

David Kinchen, Vice President, Black & Veatch

David is an industry leader with 30 years of experience at the corporate, divisional, and project level including collaborative delivery (DB, P3, CMAR), EPC, hard bid, and cost plus projects in municipal water and wastewater, federal, heavy civil, heavy industrial, commercial, institutional, and transportation areas of the industry. As a thought leader in the water and wastewater design-build industry, David serves at the national board level for the Water Design-Build Council (WDBC) and Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). He has served in a number of roles throughout his career, including Vice President, Director, Chief Estimator, Project Manager, and Project Engineer for multiple top tier design and construction companies such as Black & Veatch, Skanska, Balfour Beatty, Atkins, and Rust Engineering. He has chaired multiple corporate growth initiatives and participates on corporate risk review boards

Recent Posts

Key Attributes of a Public-Private Partnership

Posted by David Kinchen, Vice President, Black & Veatch on Fri, Nov 03, 2017 @ 01:54 PM

Embracing collaboration, a key initiative promoted by the Water Design-Build Council, is much more than just a concept. Through the WDBC’s 12 years of existence, we have experienced a dramatic shift in delivery models. Whereas design-build and CMAR were considered “alternatives” just a few years ago, they are now the “go to” delivery tools for owners across the country. The reason? The benefits of true collaboration are showing how success can be achieved.

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery

Collaboration is Growing the Water Design-Build Industry

Posted by David Kinchen, Vice President, Black & Veatch on Fri, Apr 07, 2017 @ 02:22 PM

As I sit at the airport in Minneapolis reflecting on the week's events at the DBIA Water/Wastewater conference, I can't help but think about how much fun we have as an industry.

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Topics: design-build

The Common Language between Utilities of the Future and Design-Build Delivery

Posted by David Kinchen, Vice President, Black & Veatch on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 02:32 PM

This piece was originally published here on April 1, 2016.

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery

Message from the 2015 President: A Year Of Industry Accomplishments Capstones A Decade Of Progress

Posted by David Kinchen, Vice President, Black & Veatch on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 @ 04:49 PM


 As the final weeks of being President of the Water Design Build Council conclude in 2015, I stand amazed by what we have accomplished within the very spirit of collaboration that is design build.  Over the past year, the Water Design-Build Council has held true to its mission:

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Topics: WDBC Admin

A Positive Future for Design-Build Delivery: A Black & Veatch Report

Posted by David Kinchen, Vice President, Black & Veatch on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 @ 11:49 AM

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.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Water Infrastructure

When Does Protecting the Owner's Best Interest Jeopardize the Project?

Posted by David Kinchen, Vice President, Black & Veatch on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 @ 04:07 PM

As I reflect on this year's DBIA conference, I was encouraged by the dialogue between owners and practitioners during the General Session “Finding Common Ground Through Best Practices.” The open and candid discussion centered heavily on the key role owner's advisors (OA) and owner's engineers (OE) play during the life cycle of the project, from procurement planning through delivery and startup.

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Topics: risk allocation, design-build