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WDBC E-NEWS – March 15, 2016

Water Design Build Council

Issue Highlights

  • A Decade of Progress in the Use of Water Design-Build Delivery

  • WDBC at the April Design-Build Conference for Water/Wastewater

  • Register to Attend the Water/Wastewater Conference

A Decade of Progress in Water Design-Build Delivery


As 2015 came to close, the city of Houston, Texas, awarded a $900 million progressive design-build project to a joint venture of Water Design-Build Council member firms CDMSmith and CH2M for the design and construction of a 320-mgd water purification project. The project would expand the northeast plant from 80-mgd capacity in order to meet the demands for water by residents and businesses. Immediately signing the contract, the project teams began work in early 2016.

Ten years ago, neither a project of this magnitude, nor the expediency with which the contract was signed, would have ever been within the realm of thought for municipal governments. A decade ago, the water design-build industry was fraught with impediments and challenges to using any of the various design-build delivery methods; progressive design-build was only just emerging; and fixed-price or CMAR were considered "alternatives" to the use of design-bid build.

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Plan to attend WDBC sessions at the 2016 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference in Charlotte, NC


Thursday, April 21 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Do’s and Don’ts of an Owner’s Advisor in Design-Build Projects

An interactive discussion session with Owners as to what duties and responsibilities should be in accordance with DBIA best practices and what Owners should look for when selecting an Advisor and the warning signs that may signal there could be difficulties during the process.

Presenters: David Kinchen (Black & Veatch), William Hixon (Arcadis), Phil Sudol (Carollo), and Mike Cecil (Haskell)

Friday, April 22 | 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Join WDBC members in an interactive session about research needs and the future of best practices for the water design-build industry.

Moderators:  Leofwin Clark (CH2M), WDBC President; Stephen Gates (Brown and Caldwell) WDBC 2nd Vice President and DBIA Board Member



Join us in Charlotte, N.C., for the 2016 Design-Build forWater/Wastewater Conference!

The 2016 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, hosted by DBIA, AWWA, WEF and WDBC, is the only event dedicated to enhancing the use and delivery of design-build in the water and wastewater sector. The event will take place April 20-22, 2016, in the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C.

In addition to networking with over 900 key players and decision-makers here are the top three reasons for joining DBIA and our partners in Charlotte this Spring!

 #1: Charlotte's Got A Lot: According to U.S. News and World Report, April is the BEST time to visit Charlotte, N.C. With average temperatures ranging from 50-70 degrees and an emerging nightlife and entertainment scene, the Queen City is a great place to meet up with colleagues or forge new relationships. Not to mention attendees can visit the U.S. National Whitewater Center which is the world's largest man-made whitewater river that also offers kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking, rock climbing and zip-lining, with plenty of running trails. Check out some of the other amenities our host city has to offer. And if that's not enough, why not check off some of the items on our Charlotte Must-Do List.

 #2: Keynote and General Sessions Feature Design-Build Leaders: This year's conference will highlight industry experts including Barbara Jackson, Ph.D., DBIA, from the University of Denver, who will address the concept of adaptive intelligence, Barry Gullet, P.E., Director of Charlotte Water, and an owner panel with representatives from Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Charlotte Water, Spartanburg Water and Greenville Utilities. In addition, public agency representatives are featured in nearly all educational sessions.

 #3: Earn Your DBIA™ or Assoc. DBIA™ Credential: Earn up to 12.25 CEUs to put toward your DBIA certification or renewal. The conference includes 24 sessions featuring topics on progressive design-build, lessons learned, finance, operations and tips for embarking on design-build for the first time.

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For more information and to register visit www.dbia.org/Conferences/water. Register by March 4th to take advantage of our "Early Bird" registration rates.



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.

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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.