Water Design-Build Council Blog

How Progressive Design-Build (PDB) Offered New Solutions to a Global Manufacturer and Saved Millions

Posted by Michael Hoisington, Senior Project Manager, Haskell on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 @ 12:26 PM

When a global manufacturer of carbon fiber products announced plans to invest $1 billion in building a manufacturing plant on a 400-acre greenfield site in Moore, South Carolina, it quickly became apparent that PDB was the best model to achieve the “must haves” for project delivery.

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Topics: progressive design-build, Haskell, Brown and Caldwell, wastewater

Field Trips Aren't Just for Kids

Posted by Lawrence Johnson, PE, DBIA, PMP, Vice President, HDR, Inc. on Fri, Oct 26, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

San Jose Water Company (SJW) recently completed their first progressive design-build project and largest capital improvement project ever: a $50 million upgrade to the Montevina Water Treatment Plant in Los Gatos, California. The project was recently recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers San Francisco Section as the 2018 Environmental Engineering Project of the Year. During his acceptance speech at the awards banquet, Andrew Gere, President and Chief Operating Officer of SJW, said, “The success of the project was founded upon partnering developed by the owner and the design-builder.”

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Topics: progressive design-build, water design-build project, HDR

What’s Open-Book Pricing All About – How Does it Really Work?

(Excerpted from the Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook, 4th edition, and Education Program)

Several of our industry’s best collaborative-delivery methods—particularly CMAR and progressive design-build—rely on an open-book process for developing cost and pricing during preconstruction. This process is used to achieve agreement on cost and then a price for the construction effort to proceed. In turn, the price is typically implemented either as a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) or a fixed-price contract provision.

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Topics: progressive design-build

Latest Technology Plus Progressive Design-Build Equals Win for Colorado’s Metro Wastewater Reclamation District’s Northern Treatment Plant

Posted by Steve Patterson, Design-Build Engineering Director, Jacobs on Fri, Mar 09, 2018 @ 01:00 PM

In May 2017, Colorado’s Metro Wastewater Reclamation District (Metro District) opened its Northern Treatment Plant (NTP), one of the most advanced treatment facilities in the western United States. The overall $475 million NTP program included a $302 million treatment facility that was delivered $35 million less than original budget estimate, and design and construction of the South Platte Interceptor, a nearly seven-mile gravity pipeline that conveys flow to the NTP. With capacity to treat 24 mgd, the NTP can serve 300,000 residents with room to expand to 750,000. Completion of the NTP ensures safe, reliable, and cost-effective water reclamation for the approximately 1.8 million Coloradans served by the Metro District.

Meeting the very stringent effluent limits established to protect the water quality of the South Platte River, the facility includes biological nutrient removal and tertiary treatment, including granular media filtration to meet effluent limits of 10 mg/L for total nitrogen and 1 mg/L for total phosphorus.

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Topics: progressive design-build

Harnessing the Power of Collaboration on Progressive Design-Build Projects

Posted by Thomas Herer, P.E., Design-Build Engineer, AECOM on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 @ 10:41 AM

Due to the complex nature of water projects, it is important to develop a project framework that allows flexibility and close collaboration between the owner and the project team. Progressive design-build lends itself particularly well to collaboration. In particular, using early design workshops that involve the design-build team, the owner, plant operators, and other stakeholders is a best practice that can pay dividends to the overall project.

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Topics: progressive design-build

Guaranteed Maximum Price Determination on Progressive Design-Build Projects

Posted by Tommy Brennan, Business Development Manager, Ulliman Schutte on Fri, Jun 09, 2017 @ 04:30 PM

“OK, so what’s this going to cost?”

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Topics: progressive design-build