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WDBC E-NEWS – November 2, 2015

Water Design Build Council

Issue Highlights

  • Water Design-Build Projects in the News!

  • DC Water's Blue Plains WWTP: The Greenest in the World?
  • The 2016 Water/Wastewater Conference: Do You Have a Project to Share?

Water Design-Build Projects in the News!

There is no greater evidence of the increasing use of design-build as the preferred project delivery method – than to learn about the projects themselves and why the agencies elected to use this delivery method.

Recently, Spartanburg Water selected WDBC member firms Haskell and Brown & Caldwell as the design-builders for their new water treatment plant. The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) also has a unique aquifer recharge project that uses a collaborative delivery model  CMAR. And DC Water, owner of largest advanced wastewater facility in North America – and perhaps even the world  has been using design-build project delivery for its several projects. In the next issues, WDBC will feature these many projects highlighting why owners made these decisions.

DC Water's Blue Plains WWTP: The Greenest in the World?

Every wastewater utility throughout North America must establish a plan to dispose of its residuals identified as “biosolids." But Washington, DC’s utility, located in the heart of the nation’s capital and known as DC Water, made a significant commitment in 2008 to manage the “biosolids”  generated at its Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility (BPAWWTP) differently. Now after a decade of research and implementation, the result is a unique and notable “Biosolids Management Program” (BMP) that is now being considered as the “world’s greenest” wastewater project because of its tremendous benefits.

Download WDBC's Project Spotlight on the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Facility here.

The 2016 Water/Wastewater Design-Build Conference: Do You Have a Project to Share?

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), in association with American Water Works Association (AWWA), Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Water Design-Build Council (WDBC) is seeking presentations for the 2016 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, which will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina from April 20-22, 2016.

The Conference provides a platform for experienced, knowledgeable, and well-spoken industry experts to highlight best practices in design-build project delivery in the water and wastewater sector, and to discuss the merits of it as a means to achieve exceptional project outcomes.




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.