Water Design-Build Council Blog

Leofwin Clark, WDBC President and Brown and Caldwell Vice President

As a vice president at Brown and Caldwell, Mr. Clark develops market strategy and leads at-risk (construction management at-risk, design-build, design-build-operate, P3, and program management at-risk) pursuits from identification and positioning through the proposal and negotiations processes. In addition to many years of membership on the DBIA Water/Wastewater Committee and as a DBIA Conference Co-Chair, Mr. Clark has served in several officer and board roles for the Water Design-Build Council, most recently as the Education Committee Chair.

Recent Posts

What’s Open-Book Pricing All About – How Does it Really Work?

(Excerpted from the Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook, 4th edition, and Education Program)

Several of our industry’s best collaborative-delivery methods—particularly CMAR and progressive design-build—rely on an open-book process for developing cost and pricing during preconstruction. This process is used to achieve agreement on cost and then a price for the construction effort to proceed. In turn, the price is typically implemented either as a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) or a fixed-price contract provision.

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Topics: progressive design-build

The Principles of Open-Book Pricing

Several of our industry’s best collaborative-delivery methods— namely construction management at-risk (CMAR) and progressive design-build — rely on an open-book process for developing cost and pricing during preconstruction.

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Topics: CMAR, design-build

Design-Build and Moore’s Law

If you’re using a computer to read this, you’ve probably heard of Moore’s Law.

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Topics: design-build

Use Lego for Your Next DB, PDB or CMAR Project

The collaborative delivery acronym soup is daunting: CMAR, GCCM, CMGC, PDB, FPDB, DBO, DBOF, DBFOMR, P3, PPP...well, you get the picture – string a few letters together and there's a delivery model to match!

This extreme fragmentation and segmentation is often a critical challenge for owners in the current collaborative delivery world.

So, how do you figure out what's best for your next project?

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery

The Principles of Open-Book Pricing

Several of our industry’s best collaborative-delivery methods— namely construction management at-risk (CMAR) and progressive design-build — rely on an open-book process for developing cost and pricing during preconstruction.

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Topics: CMAR, design-build

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

 

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

A Collaborative New Year’s Resolution for the Water Design-Build Council

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.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, CMAR, design-build

How Does CMAR Differ from Design-Build?

Early contractor involvement. (That’s good!) Constructability input with my engineer. (That’s even better!) A qualified contractor that knows the project before heading to the field. (That’s the best!)

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Topics: CMAR

Is Your Organization Considering Using Collaborative Delivery?

If your organization is considering using collaborative delivery, it's likely you're thinking about critical issues, such as permitting, design, stakeholder input, risk management and your construction deadline. If you are new to design-build, you're probably also considering whether you should use a progressive or lump-sum model, as well as how you might spur innovation by balancing prescriptive- and performance-based requirements. You might also be worried about developing an RFQ and an RFP to effectively evaluate practitioners and their ideas.

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery