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WDBC E-NEWS – August 3rd, 2017

News Inside WDBC – Latest Updates


Release of the Report on the 2017 State of the Demand for the Use of Design-Build Delivery in the Water Sector

At its June 21st meeting, the WDBC Board of Directors approved production of its newly-completed Research Report on the Future Demand for the Use of Design-Build Delivery in the Water Sector. This first ever “state of the water industry report” both documents and validates the long-held assumption by water sector practitioners that the use of collaborative delivery methods is continuing to grow. It describes the reasons behind the trend over the past five years toward using design-build delivery and the drivers changing its mainstream acceptance – no longer being considered an “alternative concept” but rather the mainstream method. It forecasts a positive future for the industry. WDBC anticipates releasing this report in early August.


Fixed-Price Design-Build Procurement Guide in Final Production

With the final changes being completed over the summer, WDBC plans to release the third Procurement Guide in its series later this summer. The Fixed-Price Design-Build (FPDB) delivery method for water and wastewater projects combines the owner’s direct control over project concept with the design-builder’s innovative and unique solutions to meet specific project needs, and establishes project performance and technical requirements. Given the increased use of multiple collaborative project delivery methods, the Water Design-Build Council (WDBC) is producing this user-friendly guide which will include a sample/template request for qualifications (RFQ) and proposal (RFP) for an owner’s use in conducting an effective procurement process.

In the meantime, please refer to the 4th Edition of the Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook, and go to the website to obtain a copy of the CMAR and Progressive Design-Build Procurement Guides.

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Answering the Question: What's the Difference Between GMP & FP?

Posted by Denis Dandeneau - CH2M - Vice President of Business Development

When discussing design-build projects, there are potentially two forms of final project pricing and compensation: Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) or Fixed Price (FP). Owners and practitioners should be clear in their respective understanding of what each approach leads to in performance of services and responsibility for cost documentation.

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WDBC Project Spotlight – How PDB was Used to Successfully Expand and Upgrade a Valued and Historic Water Treatment Plant in Rockville, CT.

The original 6 mgd Rockville, Connecticut, Water Treatment Plant, located in the north central part of the state, is the oldest surface water treatment plant which has grown to serve more than 36,000 customers. Now after more than 45 years of continuous and quality service, the plant’s owner, the Connecticut Water Company, determined that new infrastructure was needed to enhance treatment, increase maximum capacity to 9 mgd, and produce greater operating efficiency and reliability for the residents and businesses.

The expanded and upgraded treatment processes at Rockville Water Treatment Plant now provide an improved quality and reliable water supply source that will meet the current and planned future water needs of up to 90,000 residential and business customers for the 50-year planning period mandated by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

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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.

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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