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WDBC E-NEWS – August 29, 2016


Issue Highlights

  • WDBC Member's Perspective: What Stimulates Innovation in Design-Build Projects? Foley Company

    Project Spotlight: City of Venice, FL – Retrofitting The Water Treatment Plant’s Reverse Osmosis System: Haskell 

  • Parsons’ Withlacoochee Water Pollution Control Plant Opens Ahead of Schedule

WDBC Member's Perspective on What Stimulates Innovation in Design-Build Projects?: Kevin D. Waddell, Foley Company

Innovation, what is it? Change, alteration, ingenuity, inventiveness. Innovation is the result of the necessity to develop a solution based on a need, want or problem that must be resolved.

Design-build, a method of collaborative delivery for construction projects, further enhances innovation. Why? Because when the design-build process involves an owner, engineer and contractor (contributors), the opportunity to produce innovative ideas is increased.

Discover how the innovative approach provided by Foley Company and Black & Veatch for the Blue River Wastewater Treatment Plant Phase 1 Odor Control Design-Build (Kansas City, Missouri Water Service Department WSD) afforded WSD the most value within the project budget. 

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Project Spotlight: City of Venice, FL - Retrofitting The Water Treatment Plant’s Reverse Osmosis System

Cheryl Robitzsch, P.E. Director of Design and Project Development, Haskell

Venice_HA_DSCN1448_-_Copy.jpgIn 2013, the City of Venice, Florida, needed to retrofit its existing reverse osmosis (RO) 4.5-mgd water treatment plant with new RO membrane skids that could meet the existing total demand situations (TDS) and flow conditions.

Due to the complexity of the project that involved the need to reduce risk from unknown conditions at the site, manage the construction schedule around seasonal flows and control costs, the City of Venice used a progressive design-build procurement to select Haskell as the design-build firm.

Completed in 2015, the project enabled the City of Venice to achieve the high levels of performance from all the new equipment and SCADA system and also to optimize the system for the future.

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Parsons’ Withlacoochee Water Pollution Control Plant Opens Ahead of Schedule

PASADENA, CA (August 25, 2016) – Parsons recently celebrated the opening of the Withlacoochee Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) and new force main in Valdosta, GA, with city officials, community members, and project teams—16 months ahead of schedule. Parsons was the design-builder for the WPCP project and the designer and construction manager for the force main project.

After a disastrous flood in 2009, the city of Valdosta suffered from compound problems that led to years of sewage overflows into yards and rivers. The new facility is located nearly 60 ft higher in elevation than its predecessor and incorporates state-of-the-art technology to surpass discharge requirements. Parsons’ design included a two-pump station alternative, and power savings from this option more than offset the cost of the additional pump station.

“Parsons created an efficient, cost-effective solution for Valdosta that opened more than a year ahead of schedule,” said Mike Walsh, Parsons Group President. “The new WPCP exceeds regulatory requirements, removing more than 98% of pollutants before discharge into the Withlacoochee River.”

Parsons delivers environmentally responsible water and wastewater solutions using traditional delivery methods as well as design-build, construction manager at-risk, and other performance-based contracts that help customers provide the highest value to their constituents.

Parsons, a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on infrastructure, industrial, federal, and construction, delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit



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