Water Design-Build Council Blog

Collaborative Delivery: Project Implementation Best Practices

Posted by John Giachino, Director of Client Services, PC Construction on Fri, Mar 16, 2018 @ 05:30 PM

Best practices for collaborative delivery project implementation are based upon relationships with a foundation of respect, openness and integration.

Team members working to implement collaborative delivery projects should understand that success relies on the ability of each team member to work cooperatively and to trust one another.

A collaborative approach focuses on defined project drivers, not individual accolades.

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Latest Technology Plus Progressive Design-Build Equals Win for Colorado’s Metro Wastewater Reclamation District’s Northern Treatment Plant

Posted by Steve Patterson, Design-Build Engineering Director, Jacobs on Fri, Mar 09, 2018 @ 01:00 PM

In May 2017, Colorado’s Metro Wastewater Reclamation District (Metro District) opened its Northern Treatment Plant (NTP), one of the most advanced treatment facilities in the western United States. The overall $475 million NTP program included a $302 million treatment facility that was delivered $35 million less than original budget estimate, and design and construction of the South Platte Interceptor, a nearly seven-mile gravity pipeline that conveys flow to the NTP. With capacity to treat 24 mgd, the NTP can serve 300,000 residents with room to expand to 750,000. Completion of the NTP ensures safe, reliable, and cost-effective water reclamation for the approximately 1.8 million Coloradans served by the Metro District.

Meeting the very stringent effluent limits established to protect the water quality of the South Platte River, the facility includes biological nutrient removal and tertiary treatment, including granular media filtration to meet effluent limits of 10 mg/L for total nitrogen and 1 mg/L for total phosphorus.

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Topics: progressive design-build

Common Questions (and Simple Answers) About Design-Build Delivery

Posted by Christy Wolfe, CPSM, HDR on Fri, Mar 02, 2018 @ 03:05 PM

What IS the difference between design-build and collaborative delivery?

They are essentially the same. Design-build (DB) is the term most are familiar with -- an integrated approach for new construction, additions, or renovations, where an engineer, architect (or designer), and the contractor collaborate under a unified contract to design and build the project. The use of the term collaborative delivery reinforces the collaborative relationships among the various parties as shown below.

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How Can Education Address Impediments in Using Design-Build/CMAR Delivery for Water and Wastewater Projects?

Primarily due to efficiencies with schedules and the overall work process for both utility owners and municipalities during the past five years, the use of design-build and CMAR delivery for water and wastewater projects has increased. As the WDBC’s recent research report revealed, the use of collaborative delivery methods is continuing to gain significant momentum in the water sector because of the education process. The other good news is that WDBC’s research data shows that external impediments – such as legislative and regulatory requirements - are decreasing and progress continues within the states on that specific challenge.

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Can Industry Partnerships and Private Financing Create Evolutionary Change in the Water Delivery Market?

During the past two decades, this industry has seen tremendous change in the way water infrastructure projects are delivered. Fifteen years ago, design-bid-build was by far the dominant delivery mechanism. Today, collaborative project delivery using fixed-price, progressive, and construction management at-risk methods has increased significantly and, for projects of any size, is becoming the delivery vehicle of choice.

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What is the Importance of Well-Defined Acceptance Standards on Treatment Plant Design-Build Projects?

Posted by Scott Thibault, PE, DBIA, Vice President - AECOM on Fri, Feb 09, 2018 @ 04:24 PM

shutterstock_566398444.jpgTwo of the most important elements of a treatment plant design-build project are the performance and acceptance standards associated with the start-up and commissioning of the treatment plant. Performance standards can be defined as the standards the plant needs to meet in order to operate in compliance with applicable permits over a range of typical operating conditions. Acceptance standards can be defined as the standards the design-builder must meet in order to satisfy the contractual requirements of the design-build agreement with the owner. Ideally, the performance and acceptance standards should be closely aligned. Problems can arise when contractual acceptance standards are overly conservative in relation to the normal performance standards of the facility.

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Managing Risks in Design-Build Delivery

Posted by Mark E. Alpert, PE, DBIA, WDBC Executive Director on Fri, Feb 02, 2018 @ 04:12 PM

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Findings in the research study of "Lessons Learned from Owners Using Design-Build Project Delivery" emphasizes that the key to successful design-build projects is an active and continuous collaboration between an owner and the selected project team.

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Hidden Risk Topics in Construction Contracts – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Posted by Mark E. Alpert, PE, DBIA, WDBC Executive Director on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 @ 04:40 PM

hidden-topics-in-construction-contractsAs discussed in the previous blog, the underlying principle of allocating and managing risk in projects using CMAR or design-build delivery methods is to embark upon a collaborative process between the owner and construction professionals with initial discussions on how to allocate specific risks to the party best positioned to manage and assume the risk. These decisions ultimately end up in the contract between the owner and construction professional.

As part of the initial discussions when formulating a contract, the following additional areas are highlighted for your attention. In addition, WDBC’s 2018 education program now includes a specific module on contracts which also addresses the elements of risk.

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Topics: risk allocation

Construction Contract Risk Allocation – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Posted by Mark E. Alpert, PE, DBIA, WDBC Executive Director on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 @ 01:26 PM

construction-contract-risk-allocationThe underlying principle of allocating and managing risk in projects using CMAR or design-build delivery methods is to embark upon a collaborative process between the owner and construction professionals with initial discussions on how to allocate specific risks to the party best positioned to manage and assume the risk. Chapter 3 of the WDBC Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook, Fourth Edition, Apportioning and Managing Project Risk, is an excellent resource on the subject of risk in collaborative delivery projects. However, the purpose of providing this more specific commentary is to share some of the risk allocating scenarios observed during the contractual process.

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Utilizing Design-Build Delivery to Provide Water Treatment Solutions on a Deadline

Posted by Bryan Bedell, DBIA, Haskell Water Division Leader on Fri, Jan 12, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

design-build-deliveryOwners often look to design-build delivery as a means to accelerate the overall schedule for their water or wastewater project. In fact, schedule advantage was cited as the #1 reason for selecting design-build delivery in a recent survey of owners conducted by the UNLV and Water Design-Build Council.

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Topics: design-build