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WDBC E-NEWS – November 10, 2015

Water Design Build Council

Issue Highlights

  • Updating the Water Design-Build Handbook

  • Soccer Fields on top of a Wastewater Treatment Plant?
  • DC Water Honors Walt Bailey
  • WDBC Welcomes UCI to the Advisors Group
  • Member Profile: John Awezec, HDR Member Representative

Updating the Water Design-Build Handbook

In early 2016, the WDBC will publish the 4th Edition of the Municipal Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook. Changes to this edition include new case studies, chapters on financing and contract management; with updates provided to the glossary, the Transition, Fixed-Price and Progressive Procurement chapters, and adding a reference section. WDBC will reach out to industry members for input in its development and has set up an owners forum for use in this purpose.

Soccer Fields on Top of a Wastewater Treatment Plant?!

Hats off to Karen Pallansch, Alexandria Renew’s Chief Executive (10 years) who presided over October 23's public viewing  of a remarkable feat in this industry! Providing the community with a new athletic field and bike trail beneath the newly constructed 18 mgd biological treatment plant

This unprecedented, environmentally innovative and community friendly facility includes a regulation size soccer field of artificial turf with a grassy hillside for spectators on top of the wastewater treatment facility – that can serve the community in its demands for recreational needs. ARE’s whole complex has been encroached upon over the past years with development that includes luxury condominiums, schools, retail and businesses on one side, and the expansion of I-95 on the other.

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DC Water Honors Walt Bailey

In a tribute to a distinguished employee, Walt Bailey, DC Water General Manager George Hawkins, formally dedicated the new DC Water $470 million BioEnergy Facility in his name with an official plaque at the October 6th commissioning. After 43 years of impressive long-term commitment to public service and the environment, Walt Bailey formerly retired in June. The facility honor came as a genuine surprise.  

“Walt embodies the essence of our “greatest generation” – the folks who stepped forward and figured out how to implement the lofty mandates of the new Clean Water Act of 1972, and whom collectively have done more for the quality of the water in our country than any other group of people.”

“…………..there may be no person ever that has done more to protect the water of the Potomac, Rock Creek, Anacostia and Chesapeake Bay, and that he has done so by working so well not as a single person, but always at the side of others….”


WDBC Welcomes UCI to the Advisors Group

Established in 1950, UCI is a multi-discipline general contractor specializing in the heavy and industrial construction markets. UCI has grown into a leading edge company with project sites throughout the United States, particularly in the Midwest. Our clients range from small rural municipalities to the world's largest energy providers.

Combining the Toyota Production System with construction industry practices we have created a formal process which allows UCI to complete a project more quickly and safer with a clear cost/benefit solution for our clients, over and above that of traditional methods. UCI provides PREDICTABLE PERFORMANCE™.

UCI promotes and uses the same care into design-build projects as we do to our other construction management initiatives, infusing knowledgeable staff, management systems and resources. With a Design-Build project, UCI works directly with the owner and selects the design team to work with the build team. Some of the benefits of Design-Build include:

  • Single Source Responsibility, less conflict
  • Potential for Lower Costs and Constructability
  • Early Commissioning and ROI
  • Cost Predictability
  • Reduced Owner Staffing
  • Allows personnel to Focus on Key Competencies
  • Reduced Owner Risk
  • Increased Innovation and Project Quality

Representing UCI on the Advisor Group is David B. Odell, DBIA, Vice President Project Development.

Member Profile: John Awezec, HDR Member Representative

As Director of HDR, Inc. Engineering’s Water Business Group, Central Region Integrated Delivery, John’s 28 years of project management experience has been focused in providing excellence in detailed engineering design and field construction — and turnkey project solutions for public and private water industry clients. 

This expertise has been particularly applied to the design and construction of water and wastewater treatment, water resource, heavy/civil, hydropower, nuclear power, refining, and petrochemical projects using Design-Build, Construction Management-at-Risk project delivery methods. His extensive experience also includes leading multi-disciplined engineering and construction teams.

John Awezec, P.E., LEED, AP
Director of Integrated Delivery | HDR Water Business Group



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.