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Water Design Build Council

WDBC Education Program Receives High Ratings from Users
New Best Practices Guidelines for Design-Build Water Projects
New Research Project Launched on Design-Build Experiences

Over the summer months, WDBC has successfully delivered several education and training programs, tailored to meet the needs of its audience, and received high marks for both its approach and messages. What we are learning is that owners and organizations desire to expand their knowledge base beyond understanding the nuances within the design-build delivery methods to the practical application in how they prepare for, procure and manage their projects. This very important factor illustrates that more cities and utilities are using design-build delivery for their water and wastewater projects. Examples of the programs below were provided for both practitioners and system owners.

Presenting the newly-developed WDBC Best Practices Guidelines for Water Design-Build Projects to engineers in Lansing, Michigan, instructors identified how to integrate these components into their work with owners. Sponsored by the America Council of Engineering Communities, this group represented a wide-range of member engineering firms throughout the Michigan area. WDBC’s instructors – David Kinchen (WDBC 1st Vice President and Black & Veatch Associate VP) and Linda Hanifin Bonner (WDBC Manager) – used and distributed copies of the WDBC 3rd Edition of the Municipal Water and Wastewater Handbook as the basis for their education content. All attendees received certificates with issuing continuing education units and gave WDBC high praise and ratings on the presentation contents, instructors and materials provided.

Gaining a stronger understanding about the fundamental differences among the design-build delivery methods and their procurement process was the focus of a presentation to over 55 engineers within the USDA Rural Development Program in Madison, Wisconsin. WDBC educator Dr. Linda Hanifin Bonner used examples of actual projects to define the successful achievements of the collaborative process that exists within the fixed-price and progressive design-build delivery methods. Copies of the WDBC 3rd Edition of the Municipal Water and Wastewater Handbook, which provided the basis of the education content, were distributed to all attendees.

In preparation for a major public works project in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the city staff set as its goal to learn from previous experiences, how design-build delivery achieves a successful project. WDBC educators and members – David Kinchen, Todd Larson (Black & Veatch), John Doller (Carolla Engineers) and Dr. Linda Hanifin Bonner (WDBC) – structured the two-day program for the Winnipeg legal, procurement, engineering, contracts and management staff around examples of design-build delivery procurement and management.

Attendees who reported low to moderate levels of knowledge about DB before the session, stated they a much greater knowledge basis after the session, Even those who reported to have a good level of knowledge about DB before the session stated a significant improvement in the understanding about the procurement practices. They specifically liked the experiential exercises and project examples and rated the instructors and their materials as excellent. All participants received certificates of continuing education units.

Contact the WDBC Office or email to schedule an education program or training workshop.

COMING SOON – Project Manager Training.

WDBC issues certificates for continuing education units for its programs.

Available  New Series on Best Practices Guidelines for Design-Build Water Projects

Hot off the presses – and focusing on the needed applications for successful water design-build projects – the first of these new guidelines reflect both the information within the WDBC Municipal Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook (3rd Edition), and the important steps to prepare the organization to procure and manage a design-build delivery method for water and wastewater projects.

New Research Project Launched On Design-Build Experiences

In its ongoing quest to gain greater insights into the use of design-build delivery methods by owners, the WDBCs Board of Directors approved funding a new research study in September. This project will interview a random sample of owners and managers with questions focusing on the lessons they have learned during the use of design-build delivery methods – both positive and negative.  Owners and managers desiring to be considered as part of the interview candidate database should contact the WDBC office.  If you are interested in being included in the research interviews, please contact Linda Hanifin Bonner. The results of the study will be presented at the DBIA Water/Wastewater Conference in March 2015.
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The Water Design-Build Council is a not-for-profit association established in 2006 to promote best practices in design-build and construction management-at-risk procurement. Implementation of 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.