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WDBC E-NEWS – August 9, 2016


Issue Highlights

  • Project Spotlight: Fixed-Price Design-Build Case Study - City of Valdosta Wastewater Treatment Plant Parsons Corporation

  • A Member's Viewpoint on Design-Build in the Industrial Sector - Edward D. Wetzel, Ph.D, P.E., Wetzel Consulting & WDBC
  • WDBC Handbook - Education Session on Use of an Owner's Advisor

Project Spotlight: Fixed-Price Design-Build Case Study - City of Valdosta Wastewater Treatment Plant Parsons Corporation


Several flooding events at the old water pollution control plant (WPCP) resulted in permit violations and spills into the Withlacoochee River. In response to a Georgia Environmental Protection Division consent order, the City of Valdosta sought a design-builder to fast-track a new greenfield plant to meet stringent effluent limits and produce Class B biosolids.

Using a one-step, performance-based fixed-price design-build procurement, the City of Valdosta selected Parsons to design and build the new (12 million gallons per day) Withlacoochee Water Pollution Control Plant.

Parsons substantially completed the project—including start-up, testing, and commissioning—within 20 months from receiving the notice to proceed, walking away with more than $1 million in cost savings from reusing existing equipment where possible. As a result, the City of Valdosta, Georgia Wastewater Treatment plant now provides a low-cost alternative of $1.93 per gallon for the project scope.


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A Member's Viewpoint on Design-Build in the Industrial Sector - Edward D. Wetzel, Ph.D, P.E., Wetzel Consulting & WDBC

As we observe the growth of design-build as a project delivery method in the municipal water market, I am reminded that our industry was a late adopter of collaborative delivery. In those early days of delivery method evaluation, some of us would point to the success achieved in the industrial markets using design-build as a reason to consider “alternative project delivery” in the design-bid-build world of water. But what is the reality of the industrial design-build market?

Collaboration and communication are the key ingredients in the formula for success, and collaboration is as much attitude as it is contractual obligation. Find out why the industrial sector seems well suited to the use of design-build for a number of reasons.

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WDBC Handbook: Use of an Owner's Advisor

Among the questions being asked today with collaborative delivery projects are those relating to that of an Owner’s Advisor. There are a variety of reasons an owner may need to consider engaging additional resources to assist the organization’s staff with the collaborative delivery project. These include project planning, procurement and implementation. 

Needs such as these may be the result of budgetary limitations and staffing cutbacks, owners facing challenges of insufficient technical expertise or perhaps other in-house resources to plan, procure, and deliver capital-improvement projects. Even with smaller capital projects, owners must respond to multiple complex demands—ranging from complying with regulation changes to meeting increased demand, compiled with the need to rehabilitate and renew existing assets on an expedited delivery schedule.

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Established in 2006, the Water Design-Build Council is a not-for-profit organization providing education on the best practices in collaborative project delivery to the water/wastewater sector through research and through leadership.

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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.