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Top Collaborative Project Delivery Insights from 2016

splashing-splash-aqua-water-67843.jpegAchieving a successful collaborative project for the water and wastewater infrastructure – for both owners and industry members, is the underlying value of the Water Design-Build Council.

The collaboration component is accomplished when the various parties – the owners, design engineers, project managers, operations and maintenance and construction firms all work together as a unified team to build or upgrade the identified water or wastewater project.

Are there risks involved? Of course, there are – and it is through the collaborative process between the owners and design-build firm that these risks are equitably allocated.  More importantly, are there resources available to help you as an owner or industry member to navigate the process? Indeed, there are.

Each week, the Water Design-Build Council posts blogs from industry members with answers, advice and insights on these and many other questions.

This month we are recapping some of those that highlight many of the most commonly asked questions. As a valuable resource, the WDBC’s website also has documents that may be relevant to your project. Perhaps these will inspire you to try something new, or even spur a blog post of your own!

Is Your Organization Considering Using Collaborative Delivery?

By Leofwin Clark, WDBC President and Brown and Caldwell Vice President

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. ...


Mitigating Risks Through Collaborative Delivery

By David Odell, Vice President of Project Development, UCI, Wichita, KS

During the preliminary design or preconstruction phase of a project, developing a risk registry in parallel with the design, scope development and costing, gives the owner and the collaborative delivery firm a clear understanding of potential risks and their potential effects on delivering the final project. 

If the owner and the firm practice true collaboration during this phase, they can discover risks early and have them addressed by whichever party is best suited to resolve the issue. ...


Use Lego for Your Next DB, PDB or CMAR Project

By Leofwin Clark, WDBC President and Brown and Caldwell Vice President

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? ...




Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery