WDBC Board Elects Parsons’ Andrew Albrecht as 2014 President
2014 WDBC President
December 18, 2013 – Water Design-Build Council (WDBC) members this month unanimously elected Andrew Albrecht to serve as President for 2014. Albrecht is a Senior Vice President with Parsons Corporation (Parsons), with more than 25 years of hands-on construction management experience, including design-build and construction management-at-risk delivery. Albrecht currently leads Parsons’ construction sales efforts, focusing on at-risk water and infrastructure pursuits throughout North America.
Albrecht, who previously served as 1st Vice President/Treasurer, succeeds WDBC’s 2013 president, Patrick Gallagher, Vice President with CDM Smith. On behalf of all WDBC members, Albrecht expressed the collective appreciation to Gallagher for his outstanding leadership and service to WDBC during the year. He stated, “Under your direction, WDBC has achieved one of its most outstanding years of products – particularly that of the Progressive Design-Build Procurement Guide. It is my objective that in 2014 we continue with the vigorous approach to ensure that the educational materials we’ve developed over the past 2 years are provided to the nation’s municipalities and industry leaders.”
In congratulating Andy on his election as WDBC president, Virginia Grebbien, Parsons group president stated, “with Andy’s a tremendous amount of experience in construction and construction management, and we believe the Council and its charter members will benefit greatly from his experience and insights.”
Also elected to the 2014 leadership team are Board members David Kinchen (Black & Veatch) as 1st Vice President/Treasurer and Mark Alpert (CH2M Hill) as 2nd Vice President/Secretary. Gallagher then assumes the position of Ex-Officio President.
2013/2014 WDBC Education Product Update
As 2013 has concluded and we enter the New Year, WDBC’s expresses its sincere appreciation to those who have downloaded, used and requested our education materials over the past year – it has truly exceeded our expectations – all of which is very exciting. In examining this demand, WDBC recognizes that the need for education materials about design-build delivery is vast, and is committed to fulfilling those needs. And, as we continue to listen and learn about the challenges experienced by municipal planners owners and public officials, WDBC’s members are prepared to respond with ongoing educational support through training sessions, workshops and presentations.
Nearly 50% of WDBC’s most popular document(s)-- the Procurement Guide for Progressive Design-Build Projects has been requested by owners of water and wastewater systems, followed by those of industry members. Concentrating on the different types of procurements that municipal managers and officials most often use, this Guide answers the core questions and provides a step-by-step method in developing the procurement documents for “Progressive Design-Build (water and wastewater) Projects.” In addition to the information as to what to include in this process, samples as to how to produce these documents are also provided. Comments from those using the Guide state that they find that it offers a more understandable and balanced industry approach to procurement for water and wastewater projects.
The next most demanded document is WDBC’s Municipal Water Design-Build Handbook -- with over 50% of the requests made by municipal managers and policy officials. Next week, the 3rd Edition of the Water Design-Build Handbook will be available on the WDBC website. This new WDBC Handbook has been updated to include design-build-operate; as well as giving an overview of important and essential factors to consider in implementing water and wastewater infrastructure projects using the various delivery methods of Design-Build (DB), Construction Management at-Risk (CMAR) or Design-Build-Operate (DBO).
New Design-Build Brochures – now available online for water and wastewater infrastructure managers, municipal leaders and officials.
Requests for How to Select a Design-Build Project Delivery Method have been equally exciting over the past months. This new brochure, also available on the website, emphasizes the decision-making steps involved in selecting a design-build delivery method for a water or wastewater infrastructure project. Derived from excerpts in the new, Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook, this brochure is an important resource to those desiring to use one of the design-build delivery methods. It also serves as a valuable introductory message to individuals desiring to learn more about design-build delivery.
Another new brochure – to be available soon -- Understanding the Progressive Design-Build Delivery Method – succinctly describes this highly collaborative approach. Derived from the contents in the 3rd Handbook edition, this Brochure is an important introduction to the newly produced Model Procurement Guide for Progressive DB. This brochure also summarizes the content of WDBC’s Video, produced earlier this year.
Coming soon – the results of WDBC’s Survey on Impediments to Using the Design-Build Delivery.
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.