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Stephen R. Gates, PE, BCEE, Elected 2018 President of Water Design-Build Council Board of Directors

image2.jpgThe Water Design-Build Council (WDBC) announced that Stephen R. Gates, PE, BCEE, Brown and Caldwell Senior Vice President, has been elected as its 2018 President of the Board, receiving the gavel from 2017 President John Doller in Dallas, TX. Transitioning from the role of the First Vice President/Treasurer, Gates chaired the Budget/Finance and Research Committees, and is in a leadership role on the Technical Practices Committee. He is responsible for development of Brown and Caldwell’s collaborative project delivery business, focusing on design-build, CMAR, and remediation services related to the environmental, water, wastewater, and energy markets provided to municipal, federal, and private organizations throughout North America.

After the election, Gates told WDBC members, “It is a tremendous honor for me to assume board leadership for the coming year and to collaborate with our membership to advance the important work of the Council. The Council continues to build on many years of success fulfilling its mission to advance design-build delivery methods to transform the water industry. With a strong and growing membership; a clear view of what we need to do to advance the mission with a newly refreshed and insightful strategic plan; strong staff support; tremendous energy and enthusiasm contributed by our Advisors; rock-solid financial standing; and an ever-strengthening alliance with the Design-Build Institute of America, the Council is stronger and more impactful than ever.

Our recent research and our members’ daily market engagement confirm that the use of collaborative project delivery in the water industry is growing at a steadily increasing pace. With Congress poised to fund infrastructure design and construction in a dramatic way soon, we are notably optimistic about the prospects for continued growth in the use of design-build project delivery in the water business to meet owners’ capital project delivery objectives for cost, quality, risk management, innovation and speed. As president, I am excited to do my part to advance the Council’s legacy as a sustainable, high performing organization - continuing at the forefront of thought leadership for collaborative project delivery in the water industry, remaining the leader in independent and objective research, and advancing to become the authoritative source for education in our specialty.”

Steve has a BS in civil engineering from Tufts University. He is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and is a licensed Professional Engineer in several states. Mr. Gates also serves on the Board of Directors for the Design Build Institute of America.

About the Water Design-Build Council

The Water Design-Build Council is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting best practices for the application of design-build and construction management at-risk in water and wastewater projects in North America. Above all, these best practices should enable owners to realize maximum value through superior design and construction, speed, cost savings, and focused accountability.

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