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WDBC E-NEWS – September 17, 2015

Water Design Build Council

Issue Highlights

  • New Website with Unparalleled Educational Resources

  • WDBC Education and Training: Is Your Agency Next?
  • WDBC Member Firms in the News

  • A Positive Future for Design-Build Delivery

A New Website with Unparalleled Educational Resources

Before you read further – go take a look!  We hope you are as excited as we are – because it is our mission to bring you the best!

WDBC Education and Training: Is Your Agency Next?

Online registration is now available for the September 24th Education and Training Session, hosted by the Annapolis Public Works Department. This session is open to all water industry members in the region. Your agency can also sponsor a similar program for your area. Contact the WDBC office to schedule a session for your agency.

WDBC Member Firms in the News

Agencies Using WDBC's Progressive Design-Build Contract/Agreement

A groundbreaking ceremony held Tuesday September 8th for the Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Facility (in Moneta, Virginia), celebrated the first jointly owned and operated project to be constructed in the Commonwealth. In May 2014, the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) and Western Virginia Water Authority (WVWA) agreed to design and construct a new 3 mgd water treatment facility with expansion capabilities to 6 mgd, at Smith Mountain Lake, thus meeting area water needs through 2060.

Also noteworthy is the fact that the agencies developing this water project are the first to use WDBC's progressive design-build agreement to contract with Black & Veatch, Overland Contracting, and CHA – which is part of the WDBC Procurement Guide package produced for owners' use in 2014. Congratulations to WDBC President, David Kinchen, the Black & Veatch lead on this project.

The Current ENR Issue Profiles Member Critical Water Design-Build Projects

The major Carlsbad, California Desalination Project and conveyance pipeline transforming seawater into clean and safe drinking water for San Diego involves member firm Arcadis-US. The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) $150 million, 12 million gpd brackish groundwater desalination plan will treat water from wells with reverse osmosis process – increasing capacity to 30 mgs by 2025 involves member firm Parsons.

A Positive Future for Design-Build Delivery

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. 


Download the Progressive Design-Build Procurement Guide


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.

Member Companies

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.