Water Design-Build Council Blog

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

Understanding the differences in Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) and Fixed-Price for Design-Build Delivery Projects

Posted by Denis Dandeneau - CH2M - Vice President of Business Development on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 @ 11:49 AM

The intent of this article is to further an Owner’s understanding of the commonly used pricing approaches for either Design Build or CMAR delivery methods. For additional information on these topics, please review the appropriate sections in the Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook (4th Ed).

When discussing Design-Build projects, there are potentially two forms of final project pricing and compensation: Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) or Fixed Price (FP). Owners and practitioners should be clear in their respective understanding of what each approach leads to in performance of services and responsibility for cost documentation.

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Topics: design-build

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

Early Supplier Involvement During The Development of the Response to a Design-Build RFP

In April 2016, the design-build team of Foley Company and Black & Veatch was awarded the Blue River WWTP Odor Control Phase 1 design-build contract for Kansas City, MO, Water Services Department. The proposal submitted contained two parts: 1) technical proposal and 2) lump sum fixed price with a 20-year life cycle cost analysis. The criteria for selecting the design-build team was a point system developed to evaluate the team’s technical background, experience, project approach, lump sum fixed-price construction and engineering work, and the life cycle operation and maintenance cost analysis.

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Landmark Research Study Documents a Dramatic Increase in the Future Use of Design-Build Delivery for Water Infrastructure Projects – and Why It Is Preferred by Owners

The future for the use of design-build delivery methods for the water and wastewater infrastructure is a positive one – and one that will continue to grow through the years – likely at a minimum of 10%. The core factors driving the increased use of design-build are cost, risk, and schedule, resulting in increasing numbers and volume of design-build water and wastewater projects in utilities’ capital programs.

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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: Collaborative Project Delivery, design-build

The Principles of Open-Book Pricing

Several of our industry’s best collaborative-delivery methods— namely construction management at-risk (CMAR) and progressive design-build — rely on an open-book process for developing cost and pricing during preconstruction.

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Topics: CMAR, design-build

A Collaborative Delivery Method with 2 Variations

One of the frequent questions occurring in the Water Design-Build Council's education session is understanding how to apply the terms – prescriptive and performance – in a “fixed-price” design-build project. 

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Topics: design-build, Collaborative Project Delivery, Owners, water design-build project

Understanding the differences in Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) and Fixed-Price for Design-Build Delivery Projects

Posted by Denis Dandeneau - CH2M - Vice President of Business Development on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

The intent of this article is to further an Owner’s understanding of the commonly used pricing approaches for either Design Build or CMAR delivery methods. For additional information on these topics, please review the appropriate sections in the Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook (4th Ed).

When discussing Design-Build projects, there are potentially two forms of final project pricing and compensation: Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) or Fixed Price (FP). Owners and practitioners should be clear in their respective understanding of what each approach leads to in performance of services and responsibility for cost documentation.

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Topics: design-build

Managing Risks in Design-Build Delivery

Posted by Mark E. Alpert, PE, DBIA, WDBC Executive Director on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

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 and owner and the selected project team.

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Topics: design-build