Water Design-Build Council Blog

How Collaboration in a CMAR Project Successfully Delivered a Treatment Plant Expansion at UTRWD’s Riverbend Water Reclamation Plant

Posted by Sam Barraco, PE, Project Manager, Carollo on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 @ 04:09 PM

Upper Trinity Regional Water District’s (UTRWD) Riverbend Water Reclamation Plant (WRP), located in north central Texas near the city of Aubrey, needed to increase its capacity from 2 million gallons per day (mgd) annual average daily flow to 4 mgd with a peak flow rate of 16 mgd. This expansion was required to keep up with the economic growth occurring to the north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In order to increase capacity, a new influent pump station, new screening and grit removal headworks, a new sludge pump station building, modification of sequential batch reactor basins to conventional aeration basins with ballasted activated sludge, and new secondary clarifiers were required.

Read More

Topics: Water Infrastructure

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.

Read More

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

Smart Partnerships Involve Equipment Suppliers in an Evolving Water Design-Build Industry

Posted by Roman J. Aguirre, Evoqua Water Technologies, WDBC Advisor Member on Tue, May 24, 2016 @ 04:51 PM

Equipment vendors and technology suppliers are quickly becoming important players in collaborative delivery for the water industry. As technologies become more advanced, equipment suppliers offer a wide portfolio of state-of-the-art solutions with respect to operations, service impacts, and long-term performance.

Read More

Topics: Wastewater Infrastructure, Water Infrastructure, design-build, Collaborative Project Delivery

What's So "Progressive" about Progressive Design-Build

 

It’s political season and the news is filled with commentary on liberals and conservatives and... progressives. So what exactly is so progressive about progressive design-build?

Well, it's no surprise, but the label for this valuable delivery method doesn’t have any political meaning! Instead, it’s all about evolving the design-build process to meet the needs of owners that could not use – or preferred not to use – fixed price design-build:

 

Read More

Topics: CMAR, Wastewater Infrastructure, Water Infrastructure, design-build

We Can't Afford to Be Reactive About Water and Wastewater Issues

Why does it take a crisis or public outrage to motivate policy officials to take action on water and wastewater issues? In 2016, the water quality and compliance issues impacting the public’s health and environment – with the crisis in Flint, Michigan, serving as a prime example – should not be happening. 

Read More

Topics: Wastewater Infrastructure, Water Infrastructure, 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.

Read More

Topics: Black & Veatch, Water Infrastructure

Using Design-Build to Improve the Water System in Goodyear, Arizona

Posted by Admin on Fri, May 15, 2015 @ 11:02 AM

The Technical Challenge

The City of Goodyear, Arizona, is one of the fastest growing communities in the U.S. with an average annual growth rate of 15 to 20 percent. With growth exceeding the existing infrastructure capabilities, the City developed a program to quickly grow their potable water delivery capacity.  The brackish groundwater from local perched aquifers also required treatment for potable use in most cases. 

Read More

Topics: Brown and Caldwell, Water Infrastructure

Project Spotlight: Arizona's Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility

Posted by Admin on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 @ 12:39 PM

Partnering to Promote Best Design-Build Practices in Pima County, Arizona

CH2M HILL (CH2M) partnered with Pima County to implement one of the world’s most advanced water reclamation facilities: the Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility. As the single-entity designer, builder and operator, CH2M combined its integrated delivery capabilities and penchant for technical excellence to create an industry-first wastewater treatment process that saves taxpayers’ money and conserves resources in Arizona’s water-starved climates. 

Read More

Topics: CH2M Hill, Water Infrastructure

Lend Your Voice: Push for Legislation to Repair Our Water Systems

When was the last time you took the time to write a message to your local politician, addressing a topic near and dear to your heart?

Now is the time for us, as caring residents of our communities to stand for the organizations that we support. Now is the time to tell our elected representatives in Congress and the Government that it is time to pass legislation that supports funding, building and maintaining the nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure.

Read More

Topics: Wastewater Infrastructure, Water Week, Water Infrastructure