Water Design-Build Council Blog

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

Smart Utilities Designed and Delivered Smartly

Posted by Joe Willich and Jim Fordyce, Brown and Caldwell on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 @ 10:17 AM

If the process control system is the nerve center of a water or wastewater treatment plant, the electrical system is the heart.

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Topics: design-build

Design-Build and "Best Value" - What Does It Really Mean?

The term “Best Value,” typically applied when procuring a fixed-price design-build project, is a process for owners to obtain services from design-build firms and contractors, where price is not the only criteria for selection. 

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Topics: design-build, procurement

Collaboration is Growing the Water Design-Build Industry

Posted by David Kinchen, Associate VP and Director, Black & Veatch on Fri, Apr 07, 2017 @ 02:22 PM

As I sit at the airport in Minneapolis reflecting on the week's events at the DBIA Water/Wastewater conference, I can't help but think about how much fun we have as an industry.

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Topics: design-build

What 5 Steps Should You Never Neglect in a Design-Build Delivery Project?

Achieving a successful design-build project requires a collaborative environment that begins with the owner’s commitment to be the leader of internal preparations. Before initiating the procurement process or identifying the delivery method to be used, key decisions need to be made by the owner.

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Topics: design-build, water design-build project

Why Use Local Businesses in Collaborative Delivery Projects?

In working on water infrastructure projects in the collaborative delivery industry, it is important to understand the value of involving local businesses.  

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Topics: design-build, Collaborative Project Delivery

5 Key Factors for a Successful Water Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership Procurement

Posted by John Muñoz and Pat Gallagher, CDM Smith on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 @ 06:15 PM

A public-private partnership (P3) with project financing is formed when a public-sector entity, such as a municipal water utility or state department of transportation, enters into an agreement with a private-sector entity for the design, construction, finance, long-term operation and maintenance of a project. A P3 project allows for greater private-sector participation in the delivery, financing, and operations of public water infrastructure projects.

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Topics: design-build, water design-build project

Closing the Design-Build Gap: A Focus on New York

Posted by Peter Tymkiw, P.E., Senior Vice President, Arcadis on Fri, Mar 03, 2017 @ 04:22 PM

New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, made headlines recently when he submitted a draft budget to expand the use of the design-build project delivery approach.  If the budget is approved later this year, New York state agencies would be able to move infrastructure projects forward using design-build.

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Topics: Water Infrastructure, design-build, water design-build project, new york

Oh, the Benefits of Collaborative Startup and Commissioning

Posted by Bob Dudley, PE, Sr. Vice President, OBG and WDBC Board Member on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 @ 05:04 PM

The power of the collaborative characteristics in design-build delivery is never more evident than during the startup and commissioning phases of a project. 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 Do You Successfully Effectuate a Design-Build Project?

“How do you successfully effectuate a design-build project? Our city has done several design build construction projects which have resulted in delays, lawsuits, and other problems. Clearly, we are not doing something correctly!”

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Topics: design-build