Water Design-Build Council Blog

How Collaboration in a CMAR Project Successfully Delivered a Treatment Plant Expansion at UTRWD’s Riverbend Water Reclamation Plant

Posted by Sam Barraco, PE, Project Manager, Carollo on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 @ 04:09 PM

Upper Trinity Regional Water District’s (UTRWD) Riverbend Water Reclamation Plant (WRP), located in north central Texas near the city of Aubrey, needed to increase its capacity from 2 million gallons per day (mgd) annual average daily flow to 4 mgd with a peak flow rate of 16 mgd. This expansion was required to keep up with the economic growth occurring to the north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In order to increase capacity, a new influent pump station, new screening and grit removal headworks, a new sludge pump station building, modification of sequential batch reactor basins to conventional aeration basins with ballasted activated sludge, and new secondary clarifiers were required.

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Topics: Water Infrastructure

What are the Differences Between Collaborative and Design-Bid-Build Delivery?

The water design-build industry defines collaborative delivery methods as approaches to procuring and delivering a capital project that involve close collaboration among the owner, the designer, and the contractor—from design through completion. These include construction management at-risk(CMAR), both fixed-price and progressive design-build, design-build-operate (DBO), and public-private partnerships (P3).

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery, design-build

Insights Into the Use of “Earned Performance Fees” in Design-Build Projects

Posted by Doug Wachsnicht,Vice President, Goodwin Brothers Construction on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 @ 07:16 PM

One of the questions frequently asked by owners is how and when to use “earned performance fees” in water and wastewater design-build projects. In this context, earned performance fees are defined as monetary benefits established to attain a specific achievement or goal.

The use of earned performance fees with any delivery method can be a powerful tool that helps both the owner and design-builder to better align accomplishing the project objectives. However, in a design-bid-build project, the intent of earned performance fees is often to drive innovation, collaboration, schedule, and cost savings, which are all hallmarks of design-build delivery. This begs the question: Why use earned performance fees for design-build delivery projects? One of the answers is: When earned performance fees are used with a design-build delivery project, it further stimulates maximizing innovation, collaboration, schedule, and cost savings – well beyond what can occur in the limited design-bid-build process, since much of the contractual arrangements are already locked in once the project goes out to bid.

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery

Oh, the Benefits of Collaborative Startup and Commissioning

Posted by Bob Dudley, PE, Sr. Vice President, OBG and WDBC Board Member on Fri, Jul 06, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

The visible power of collaboration in a design-build delivery is never more evident than in the final phase of the project -- the startup and commissioning. Raise your hand if you can share a story about a startup that went wrong in a design-bid-build (DBB) contract—I bet most of you have your hands up!

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery, design-build

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

How An Operations-Focused Collaborative Delivery Method Leads To A Successful Project

Posted by John Gallegos and Tom Visosky, CDM Smith on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 @ 10:15 AM

The success of collaborative project delivery methods, especially progressive design-build, is due in large part to the immediate engagement of an owner’s operation and maintenance (O&M) teams— specifically during design development and preconstruction. While this approach may appear difficult to execute, it’s actually quite simple when completed systematically.

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery

Allowances Versus Contingencies: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Ken Slota, Construction Manager, PCL Construction on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 @ 02:05 PM

Allowances and contingencies are often confused with one another, but understanding their differences is crucial to successfully executing project contracts.

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Early Supplier Involvement During The Development of the Response to a Design-Build RFP

In April 2016, the design-build team of Foley Company and Black & Veatch was awarded the Blue River WWTP Odor Control Phase 1 design-build contract for Kansas City, MO, Water Services Department. The proposal submitted contained two parts: 1) technical proposal and 2) lump sum fixed price with a 20-year life cycle cost analysis. The criteria for selecting the design-build team was a point system developed to evaluate the team’s technical background, experience, project approach, lump sum fixed-price construction and engineering work, and the life cycle operation and maintenance cost analysis.

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Topics: design-build

How Treatability Testing and an Integrated Advanced Oxidation Treatment System Optimized Delivery Speed for a Water Treatment Plant Experiencing Harmful Algal Blooms

In June of 2013, utility managers at the Anderson Regional Joint Water System (ARJWS) in Anderson, South Carolina, began experiencing intermittent taste and odor impacts to their finished potable water. This led to customer complaints and public relations challenges for the utility. The problems were due to the increasing occurrence of algal blooms in their source water body, Lake Hartwell.

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery

Flexibility is the Name of the Game in Collaborative Delivery

Posted by David Kinchen, Associate VP and Director, Black & Veatch on Fri, May 25, 2018 @ 02:18 PM

One of the many overlooked benefits of collaborative delivery is the flexibility offered through the various approaches. In particular, utility and government agencies with limited resources for water infrastructure projects are finding that collaborative approaches such as progressive design-build delivery give them more flexibility to optimize not only the price, but also the overall result and experience for the owner agency and its ratepayers. In the recent article published in Water Innovations, and included in Water Online’s e-newsletter, “Collaborative Approaches that Deliver Flexibility” features a comparison of conventional delivery to various forms of collaborative delivery, with a focus on flexibility. Of the many benefits, adding more flexibility to how projects are evaluated, planned, designed, and ultimately delivered can help fill the gap between available and needed resources. Because every project or program has different drivers, stakeholder interests, and project conditions, rigidly adhering to a single approach for program or project delivery limits both the effectiveness of a solution and the value of the solution for ratepayers. Water system owners have an opportunity to become more flexible through collaborative delivery models, allowing owners to make best-value solution decisions through increased flexibility and improved information. These models offer varying degrees of flexibility and carry associated benefits as well as challenges. But in each case, flexibility is provided through collaborative behavior.  

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