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Flexibility is the Name of the Game in Collaborative Delivery

Posted by David Kinchen, Associate VP and Director, Black & Veatch on Fri, May 25, 2018 @ 02:18 PM

shutterstock_156523517One of the many overlooked benefits of collaborative delivery is the flexibility offered through the various approaches. In particular, utility and government agencies with limited resources for water infrastructure projects are finding that collaborative approaches such as progressive design-build delivery give them more flexibility to optimize not only the price, but also the overall result and experience for the owner agency and its ratepayers. In the recent article published in Water Innovations, and included in Water Online’s e-newsletter, “Collaborative Approaches that Deliver Flexibility” features a comparison of conventional delivery to various forms of collaborative delivery, with a focus on flexibility. Of the many benefits, adding more flexibility to how projects are evaluated, planned, designed, and ultimately delivered can help fill the gap between available and needed resources. Because every project or program has different drivers, stakeholder interests, and project conditions, rigidly adhering to a single approach for program or project delivery limits both the effectiveness of a solution and the value of the solution for ratepayers. Water system owners have an opportunity to become more flexible through collaborative delivery models, allowing owners to make best-value solution decisions through increased flexibility and improved information. These models offer varying degrees of flexibility and carry associated benefits as well as challenges. But in each case, flexibility is provided through collaborative behavior.  

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As an Associate Vice President and Director for Black & Veatch Water, located in Atlanta, GA., David Kinchen currently manages the development and business oversight of the collaborative delivery projects and expanded scope opportunities in North America and the Caribbean. He is responsible for business development, management oversight of strategic team relationships, proposal strategy development, conceptual design development review, sustainable design strategy and evaluation, oversight of design management, design-build execution oversight, and operational support.