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WDBC E-NEWS – October 26, 2017

Issue Highlights

  • What is the Purpose of Our Blogs?

  • WDBC Education Sessions

  • A Fixed-Price Design-Build Delivery on a Fast-Tracked, State-of-the-Art Process for an Industrial Wastewater System in MO

  • Are You Really Ready to Create and Maintain a Collaborative Working Environment?


Answering Your Questions About How To Do Design-Build Projects

That’s the purpose of the weekly WDBC Blog series – insider responses and professional answers to the questions posed in the education sessions and online inquiries. They are always posted on the blog section of the WDBC website and featured in the eNews. In case you missed some of the more popular ones – they include:


WDBC Education Sessions


These experiential sessions integrate your actual projects as case studies – taking the organization through the steps defined to evolve to a successful collaborative conclusion. Here’s what owners tell us they like about the sessions.

  • "Workshop was an excellent experience. It is going to generate a lot of internal discussions on how to get projects done. Mark gave great comments and examples about specifics on how to address issues."
  • "Instructors are very knowledgeable and exercises valuable."
  • "As a state regulator, this session was insightful."
  • "Great training – best value for time and money; well organized and successfully delivered."

New location sessions are in the works. Here’s how you can have a session with your group:

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WDBC Project Spotlight - An Alternative, State-of-the-Art Process Meets Tight Permit Compliance Schedule Using Fixed-Price Design-Build Delivery


BioKyowa, Inc., in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, produces a line of biomedical products and, in the process, generates a highly variable amount of high-strength wastewater. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) placed limits for E. coli on water released from BioKyowa’s wastewater treatment plant into the Mississippi River, and gave the company only 13 months to comply. While working on solutions to BioKyowa’s regulatory challenge, Black & Veatch identified the potential to fast-track an alternative, state-of-the-art process using membrane bioreactors (MBRs) to remove bacteria, significantly improving the quality of wastewater effluent and meeting the tight permit compliance schedule. Design-build delivery made it possible to begin working on the plant upgrade before the design had been completed.

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Have you downloaded the 2017 State of the Demand for Design-Build Delivery in the Water/Wastewater Sector research report?

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Are You Really Ready to Create and Maintain a Collaborative Working Environment?

Posted by Michael C. Loulakis, DBIA, Esq., President, Capital Project Strategies, LLC

Collaborative project delivery creates a terrific opportunity for all members of the project team to work together in a cooperative, trusting, and transparent environment. Unfortunately, this opportunity can be quickly squandered if project leadership loses sight of what it takes to create and maintain this collaborative environment.

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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 thought leadership and education, supported by research.

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.

Black & Veatch
Brown and Caldwell
CDM Smith
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