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WDBC E-NEWS – August 20, 2015

Water Design Build Council

Issue Highlights

  • Mark Your Calendars for WDBC's September 24th Education Session

  • Welcome Marlea Tichy, AECOM Board Representative

  • Black & Veatch Celebrates 100 Years

  • Brown and Caldwell Design-Bulid Team Lauded for Support

  • Project Spotlight: CDM Smith's Design-Build Success

Mark Your Calendars for WDBC's September 24th Design-Build Training

Attention Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania water and wastewater agencies and design-builders:

Save the date of September 24th for a special all-day Water Design-Build Education and Training Session, hosted by the Annapolis Department of Public Works. CEU's will be provided. 

See the attached flyer for content details. Registration will be available August 28th both online and by mail.

Welcome Marlea Tichy, AECOM Board Representative

tichy_2-303624-editedJoining the WDBC Board of Directors is Marlea Tichy, AECOM's Vice President of Project Development. Ms. Tichy brings tremendous expertise to the WDBC with her work in design-build and integrated delivery.

With over 30 years of experience in the construction and engineering industry, Ms. Tichy has held key executive leadership, operations and project management roles in the fields of water, infrastructure, buildings, military facilities, environmental clean-up, airports and sports facilities.

A highly versatile executive, Ms. Tichy has a strong track record of working across organizations to achieve business goals and success. She has shown unusual adaptability to "go where the business needs are" and perform as a highly capable executive leader.


Black & Veatch Celebrates 100 Years

Water Design-Build Council member Black & Veatch celebrated its centennial birthday on Thursday, the 13th of August. 

The company marked its 100th year with celebrations around the world, beginning in Melbourne, Australia and coming to a close in San Francisco. However, the largest celebration was held at the company's headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas, where hundreds of employees - present and past - united to celebrate the momentous occasion.

Congratulations to the entire Black & Veatch company for a tremendous achievement of work dedicated to environmental protections. We look forward to conveying these messages personally and thank you for hosting WDBC's September 10th Board Meeting in Overland Park.

Brown and Caldwell Design-Build Team Lauded for Support

Cincinatti's Oakley Separation Sewer Project is being recognized in the Water/Wastewater category for exemplary collaboration and integration with the design-build project delivery method, and is nominated for the DBIA's National Award of Excellence.

The Oakley Sewer Station is being viewed as a prototype, where lessons learned will help to guide future projects. And at the helm was Brown and Caldwell, whose design-build team provided services such as procurement assistance through the development phases, technical assistance during contractor selection and negotiation, and design and contractor oversight during construction.


Project Spotlight: CDM Smith's Design-Build Success

stonignton_spotlight_coverDid you read about CDM Smith's latest success?

CDM Smith’s team of engineers and contractors used design-build delivery to modernize Stonington’s wastewater system. Significant upgrades to all three facilities were carried out with extensive collaboration between engineers, contractors, operators and owner – and no disruption to service in this picturesque seaside town during high peak periods.


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The Water Design-Build Council is a not-for-profit association established in 2006 to educate best practices in design-build and construction management-at-risk procurement delivery. Implementing this mission occurs through education and outreach, serving in a leadership role as an industry advocate for the value of collaborative delivery for water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

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The Water Design-Build Council stands ready to contribute its expertise, resources, innovation and enthusiasm to the challenge of strengthening our water and wastewater infrastructure.