Water Design-Build Council Blog

What Stimulates Innovation in Design-Build Projects?

Innovation, what is it? Change, alteration, ingenuity, inventiveness. These are all words that describe the process and results of being innovative. 

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Topics: Black & Veatch, water design-build project

What Stimulates Innovation in Design-Build Projects?

Innovation, what is it? Change, alteration, ingenuity, inventiveness. These are all words that describe the process and results of being innovative. 

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Topics: Black & Veatch, water design-build project

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

A Positive Future for Design-Build Delivery: A Black & Veatch Report

Posted by David Kinchen, Associate VP and Director, Black & Veatch on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 @ 11:49 AM

The outlook for progress in the water infrastructure industry looks very bright; and Black & Veatch's 2015 Strategic Directions Report further confirms that collaborative delivery models such as design-build and construction management-at-risk are at the forefront of making it become a reality. 

This report, which surveyed 454 qualified utility, municipal, commercial, and community stakeholders, more than half of which responding were utilities, found that they were either currently using, or already considering the use of, design-build as part of the delivery strategy to implement their capital programs.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Water Infrastructure

Project Spotlight: Charnock Well Field Restoration Project (California)

Posted by Admin on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

In California and serving a population of nearly 90,000, the Santa Monica Water Treatment Plant and the City’s Charnock Well Field stand as examples of the issue faced by many utilities throughout the United States—limited fresh water supplies, mixed and/or emerging contaminants, and tighter regulations.

After more than a decade with the Charnock Well Field closed due to contamination from MTBE (a gasoline additive), the City reached a settlement agreement with the three major oil companies, whose leaking underground storage tanks caused the contamination. The settlements would fund a restoration project on the facilities. On the heels of the lengthy settlement process, Santa Monica faced an urgent need to move toward water self-sufficiency.

Drought limited the volume of water that could be delivered to Southern California from the state water project. Using the city’s groundwater wells is a sustainable way to provide water, and this project was on the fast track. In deciding to use progressive design-build delivery for this project, the city selected the design-builder based both on qualifications and approach to problem-solving, with an open-book cost estimate for construction to be made during the 30 percent to 60 percent phase of design.

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Topics: Black & Veatch

Project Spotlight: Longmont, Colorado, Water Treatment Plant

Posted by Admin on Fri, Oct 03, 2014 @ 05:12 PM

Located within Boulder County, the city of Longmont had been operating three water-treatment facilities: the Wade-Gaddis plant and two much older facilities known as the West plants. The city needed to replace the two aging plants due to more stringent regulator standards for drinking water and the increased demands of a growing population and economy. 

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Topics: Black & Veatch

Municipalities Have Many Options in a Public-Private Partnership

Posted by Admin on Thu, Jul 03, 2014 @ 09:03 AM

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are a bit like snowflakes – no two are alike. In fact, for municipalities looking at alternative forms of funding for capital projects, there are a multitude of options that can make any arrangement a custom fit for the particular situation.

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Topics: Black & Veatch

Project Spotlight: Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

Posted by Admin on Fri, May 02, 2014 @ 09:49 AM

When regulatory limits for E.coli were placed on the wastewater treatment plant for a Midwestern manufacturing company, the company turned to Water Design-Build Council member Black & Veatch, which maintains a long history of assisting with the client’s wastewater treatment needs. While working on a solution to the regulatory issues, Black & Veatch identified the potential for a fast-track, design-build delivery of an alternate process to help meet the tight permit compliance schedule and significantly improve wastewater effluent quality.

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Topics: Black & Veatch

Aging Water Infrastructure: From Out of Sight to Top of Mind

Posted by Admin on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 @ 09:39 AM

Story by Bryan Scribner, Black & Veatch

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Topics: Black & Veatch

Project Spotlight: Charnock Well Field Restoration

Posted by Admin on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 @ 09:03 AM

The Santa Monica Water Treatment Plant is approximately 2 miles from the Santa Monica City limits, and is owned by the City. The plant serves a population of 89,736. Through a progressive design-build procurement process, Water Design Build Council member Black & Veatch was selected as the contractor for a project to provide engineering, design, procurement, construction and commissioning services for both the Charnock Treatment Unit and the Santa Monica Water Treatment Plant.

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Topics: Black & Veatch