Water Design-Build Council Blog

Guidelines for Conducting the Procurement Process

Posted by Admin on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 @ 12:14 PM

Successful design-build or construction management-at-risk projects begin with a well-planned and thoughtfully executed procurement process. This process should be based on the owner’s objectives, expectations and priorities that are clearly defined. Together or independently, these variables can affect the timeline and complexity of the procurement process, in addition to costs.

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8 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Project-Delivery Method

Posted by Admin on Thu, Sep 04, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

When it comes to water and wastewater infrastructure projects, more and more owners are reporting quality project results that are both on schedule and within budget. The common denominator? Collaborative project-delivery methods. But for decision makers, choosing the best project-delivery method can be challenging – every project is different.

In order to select the best project-delivery method, here are the questions you need to consider:

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Answering Questions about CMAR and Design-Build Delivery

Posted by Admin on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 @ 11:32 AM

During a recent education and discussion session with a state regulatory agency, the following questions pertaining to the differences in design-build and CMAR delivery were addressed. Currently, most State SRF and DWRF programs require completion and approval of design prior to construction as well as a competitive bidding process. 

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City of Annapolis Awards Design-Build Contract for Water Treatment

Posted by Admin on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 @ 09:11 AM

City leaders in Annapolis, Maryland broke ground recently on a $35 million water treatment plant project, the largest construction project in the city’s history. The design-build project will update the City's aging water infrastructure with a new state-of-the-art facility.

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Procuring a Design-Build or Construction Management At-Risk Project

Posted by Admin on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 @ 12:59 PM

The most successful design-build (DB) and construction management at-risk (CMAR) projects begin with a well planned procurement process that is based on the owners's objectives, expectations and clearly-identified priorities. Individually or together, these attributes can affect the duration and complexity of the procurement process, as well as its cost. For a successful procurement process, an owner must have knowledge of state and local regulations and must provide a clear statement of the project's requirements, as well as a draft contract that includes terms, selection criteria and schedule. Clearly conveying this information in a transparent process minimizes unnecessary expenditures of time and resources for both the owner and potential design-build or CMAR firms.

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What Is A Construction Management at-Risk Project?

Posted by Admin on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 @ 09:50 AM

With the volume of investment required to maintain and replace our nation's aging water infrastructure on the rise, Owners are searching for project delivery models that offer improved outcomes and increased delivery speed while also promoting cost efficiency. This has led to an increased focus on collaborative delivery models in which construction personnel are integrated into the design and construction process early, and the contractor is selected based on qualifications, cost, and other non-price factors.

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Water Infrastructure - From Invisible to Invaluable

By Linda Hanifin Bonner, Ph.D., CAE,[1] 
Executive Manager, Water Design-Build Council[2]

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U.S. Congress Poised to Take Action on WIFIA

Posted by Admin on Tue, May 20, 2014 @ 09:23 AM

The U.S. House and Senate are poised to act on water resources legislation that establishes a five-year Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) pilot program, much along the lines that organizations such as WDBC and AWWA have advocated (but with two serious limitations described below). The House will likely pass the bill on Tuesday, May 20, and the Senate will take action soon afterward.

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Value of Water Coalition launches Water Works! Campaign

Posted by Admin on Sat, May 17, 2014 @ 04:03 PM

At a panel event on Wednesday, May 14, in Washington, D.C., the Value of Water Coalition announced new efforts to demonstrate the critical role water infrastructure plays in our national economy. The new effort – Water Works! – was kicked off with a panel discussion around the current condition of the nation’s water infrastructure and the growth and opportunity it drives.

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Water Design-Build Council Announces New Leadership

Posted by Admin on Wed, May 07, 2014 @ 02:52 PM

On April 28, Norman (Norm) Gadzinski, a Vice President with Parsons Environment & Infrastructure (PE&I), a primary business unit of Parsons Corporation, was appointed WDBC President following the resignation of Andrew Albrecht to pursue a career opportunity. WDBC’s Bylaws require that officer and board positions must be filled by a representative of the company, which is the legal member. Subsequently, WDBC Board members unanimously approved the recommendation of the Executive Committee on April 25, to appoint Gadzinski to fill out the remaining months of his term, and conveyed their sincere appreciation to Albrecht for his valuable work in WDBC over the years.

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