Water Design-Build Council Blog

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: design-build, Collaborative Project Delivery

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: design-build, Collaborative Project Delivery

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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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

Are You Really Ready to Create and Maintain a Collaborative Working Environment?

Collaborative project delivery creates a terrific opportunity for all members of the project team to work together in a cooperative, trusting, and transparent environment. Unfortunately, this opportunity can be quickly squandered if project leadership loses sight of what it takes to create and maintain this collaborative environment. It is inevitable that something will go wrong at some point on the project. When that happens, the strength of the bonds among the team will be tested. Will project leadership ultimately resort to protecting their individual interests – e.g., “It’s not my fault and not my problem”? Or will project leadership find a way to rise above it, solve the issue cooperatively, and move forward?

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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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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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Giving Collaborative Delivery Advice to First-Time Water/Wastewater Owners

Owners considering collaborative delivery frequently reach out to experienced owners and practitioners to gain information about best practices.

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Topics: design-build, Collaborative Project Delivery