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WDBC E-NEWS – September 30, 2015

Water Design Build Council

Issue Highlights

  • WDBC Launches 2015 Education Module Updates

  • AWWA's Water Infrastructure Conference: October 13 - 16
  • Imagine a Day Without Water
  • WDBC Members in the News: Special Design-Build Project Spotlight Coming Soon
  • A New Website with Unparalleled Educational Resources

WDBC Launches 2015 Education Module Updates

At the recent September 24th Education and Training Session in Maryland, WDBC launched updates to its ongoing training modules. These updates and changes integrate information derived from the WDBC's 2015 Research Report on the Lessons Learned by Owners Using Design-Build Project Delivery. Key features include a new matrix on “managing risk,” steps to take to ensure a stress free “transition” process, and how to select the delivery method that adheres to your project drivers. Your agency or organization can also sponsor a similar program for your area.

Contact the WDBC office to schedule a session for your agency.

Don't Miss AWWA's Water Infrastructure Conference: October 13 - 16

It’s time to solve America’s water infrastructure challenges. AWWA’s newest conference, held in Bethesda, MD, focuses on addressing and protecting our asset and infrastructure challenges. With six workshops and five session tracks, this four-day conference and exposition will address water infrastructure planning and reinvestment strategies, critical infrastructure protection through comprehensive emergency preparedness efforts, and enhanced security measures. 

Visit WDBC at its Booth #211 to learn more about our education programs.

Imagine a Day Without Water

We're less than a week away from Imagine a Day Without Water Imagine a Day Without Water is right around the corner. From October 6 - 8, the Value of Water Coalition will partner with more than 70 organizations seeking to raise awareness about our most essential resource: water. It's not too late to join and help make Imagine a Day Without Water a huge success. Learn how you can get involved.

WDBC Member Firms in the News

Special Design-Build Project Spotlight Coming Soon: Valuable Energy Resources from the World's Largest Design-Build Solids Processing Project

Here in the Washington, DC area, the world’s largest design-build project is currently underway: a $470M Biosolids Program at the DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant (AWTP). WDBC members Brown & Caldwell lead this project, with CDM Smith and others involved. 

The Biosolids Management Program (BMP) will transform DC Water’s current Class-B lime-stabilization processing system into a Class A (pathogen-free) system, which will couple thermal hydrolysis (using the CambiTM process) with anaerobic digestion. The cleaned digester biogas will then be used to power a 13-mw combined heat and power plant. The system will be the largest Class A solids processing facility in the world.

A New Website with Unparalleled Educational Resources

North America's Leading Education Resource in Water Design-Build Delivery Is Now at Your Service

Highlights of some of the new features include:

  • A responsive site that is usable on iPads and iPhones
  • A state-wide search feature on the project map section
  • Integrating projects throughout north America
  • Online registration and payment for educational events and membership

We hope you are as excited as we are – because it is our mission to bring you the best!

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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.