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WDBC E-NEWS – February 15, 2016

Water Design Build Council

Issue Highlights

  • AECOM Brings East Providence, RI's Wastewater Treatment Plant to Compliance

  • WDBC Questions Foreign Time And Cost Performance Of Design-Build Projects Study

  • Scheduling 2016 Education & Training
  • A Warm Welcome to WDBC's 2016 Advisor Members

AECOM Brings East Providence, RI's Wastewater treatment Plant to Compliance

East Providence, Rhode Island, the fifth largest city in the state with a population of 47,037, required critical improvements to its 8.9 mgd wastewater treatment plant, collection and pumping systems to bring it into regulatory compliance and protect water quality in Narragansett Bay, New England’s largest and environmentally, mutually-sensitive estuary. Learn about the innovative features the AECOM team used to accomplish this sensitive design-build project.

Learn more.

WDBC Questions Foreign Time And Cost Performance Of Design-Build Projects Study 

Quite a buzz in the water design-build industry erupted last week from an ENR opinion page report published on January 26 regarding findings from a team of university researchers in China and Australia. Their report, entitled Time and Cost Performance of Design-Build Projects, stated that over half of design-build projects analyzed ran over budget.

After reading it a few times, I found the statements analogous to a "Trump twitter blast," in that there is a lot of hype around what is an attention-grabbing headline, but factual data is still missing in which to state a valid claim. DBIA Executive Director Lisa Washington was absolutely on target to challenge the validity of the researchers reported data and the missing information needed to give the full story.

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Scheduling 2016 Education & Training

Have you contacted WDBC to schedule an education and training session on preparing, procuring, and managing a design-build or CMAR delivery project?

Our goal is to equip officials, managers, and staff of municipal, private, and governmental organizations with the essential knowledge they need to use in planning for, procuring, and managing various design-build projects for water and wastewater infrastructure.

Session Topics include:
  • Design-Build Delivery Methods for Water Infrastructure Projects
  • Organizational Readiness for Design-Build Projects
  • Allocating and Managing Risks for Water Design-Build Projects
  • Procurement Methods for Design-Build Water Infrastructure Projects
  • Managing the Transition and Commissioning Process for Design-Build Water Infrastructure Projects
Additional Information can be found on the WDBC website, or you can contact the WDBC office to schedule a session at 410-798-0842

A Warm Welcome to WDBC’s 2016 Advisor Members

Joining the WDBC as 2016 Advisor Group members are industry firms the Foley Company, Goodwin Brothers, PC Construction, UCI, and Ulliman Schutte. The WDBC Advisor Group is an affiliated member “category” for those “non-engineering” firms engaged with engineering companies in some capacity in the water design-build sector. WDBC’s purpose in creating this category is to provide a means for WDBC members to both further engage and actively work with affiliated businesses in the pursuit of achieving best practices require for the design-build delivery of water and wastewater systems. 

More Information on 2016 Joining Companies:

foley_logo.pngEstablished in 1913 Foley Company is a general contractor providing professional preconstruction and project execution services on each and every project including all types of project delivery for water and wastewater treatment facilities.

gwb_logo.pngA general contractor since 1947, Goodwin Brothers Construction self-performs heavy municipal, industrial, civil and commercial design-build projects.

pc_construction_logo.jpgPC Construction offers general contracting, construction management, design-build, and preconstruction planning services for projects of all sizes—from a single office fit-up to treatment plants valued at over $250 million.

uci_logo.jpgUCI has performed projects on drinking water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants and other facilities that affect the daily quality of life for millions of residents in hundreds of communities throughout the Midwest.

us_logo_new.jpgUlliman Schutte is a provider of design-build, CMAR, and general contracting services for the water and wastewater industry. They  advocate and promote the use of design-build and CMAR based on a potential project’s characteristics and goals.



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.

Member Companies

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.