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WDBC E-NEWS – October 5, 2017

Issue Highlights

  • First Ever State of the Water Design-Build Industry Research Report Produced by the WDBC

  • WDBC Member News

  • North Carolina Education Session

  • Does an Owner's Advisor Ever Assume the Role of a Construction Manager on a Design-Build Project?


A Landmark Research Report for the Water Design-Build Industry

A Special Message from WDBC Research Chair and First Vice President Stephen R. Gates, P.E.

The Water Design-Build Council, with endorsement by the Design-Build Institute of America, is pleased to announce the release of the first ever State of the Demand for Design-Build Delivery in the Water/Wastewater Sector.

The water design-build industry has reached a pivotal point. During the past decade, the increased use of design-build delivery by utilities and agencies for water and wastewater projects has been dramatically increasing. While the water industry is generally aware of this increase, market volume and growth trends have never been carefully evaluated.

In its latest research project, the WDBC determined the size and complexion of the U.S. municipal water market for completion of capital projects using the design-build project delivery method and what this means for the future of the industry.

Available on the WDBC website, the Council’s market research, 2017 State of the Demand for Design-Build Delivery in the Water/Wastewater Sector, confirms that design-build project delivery is widely used by the nation’s public utilities for a variety of water/wastewater treatment and related infrastructure projects. Moreover, it validates that a clear trend of increasing popularity of design-build now exists in this market space. The future of design-build delivery for water and wastewater infrastructure projects trends positive, with total project spending set to grow from some $7.7 billion in 2017 to $9 billion in 2021—reversing the downward trend observed following the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent Great Recession. The Council intends to regularly update this market research, consistent with its core education and research mission.

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Black & Veatch names Joe Lauria, P.E., as its Vice President and Director of Planning and Growth for the Americas in the company’s water business.

In this new role, Lauria will help clients identify and implement sustainable solutions to evolving water challenges. Based in Irvine, California, his primary focus will be on fast-growth U.S. markets in California, Florida, and Texas. “Joe adds technical, engineering and financial expertise, particularly in areas of water supply, water and wastewater treatment, and conveyance which are vital for supporting growing population centers,” said Mike Orth, Executive Managing Director, Americas, for Black & Veatch’s water business. “His knowledge gained from projects coast to coast, coupled with leadership on large-scale projects, adds impactful value to our service capabilities.”

With more than 30 years of business development and project management experience in the industry, he has led capital projects totaling more than $1.5 billion; served as the balance-of-plant engineering project director for the Carlsbad Seawater Desalination Project in Southern California, the largest drinking water desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere. Lauria is a board-certified environmental engineer and licensed professional engineer in multiple states; an active member of the Water Environment Federation, California Water Environment Association, and Water Design-Build Council.


The Walsh Group announces that Roy Epps has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Water and Wastewater and will oversee its North American Water Division.

Epps will provide leadership across all projects by consulting with owners, monitoring project progress, supervising and reviewing operations. With 35 years of experience in water and wastewater construction, Roy has spent the last 17 years leading The Walsh Group’s West Water Region. Roy specializes in collaborative delivery projects, having completed nearly $800 million of construction manager at-risk and design-build work. Notable projects under his leadership include Terminal Island WRP Ultimate Expansion, Scottsdale CAP WTP Expansion, F.E. Weymouth WTP ORP Oxidation Facilities, and Fallbrook WRP.

"Roy has an incredible understanding of the water industry and our customers,” said Heavy Civil President David Casey. “Under his direction, he established our West Water Group as one of the most trusted, industry-leading teams in the region; and today, we look forward to Roy expanding his leadership across North America.”


North Carolina Regional Water Design-Build Education Session

DECEMBER 13, 2017 – Charlotte, North Carolina - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Owners and Industry Members: WDBC is conducting a one-day education session on collaborative delivery methods and the preparations required for a successful design-build delivery project.

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Does an Owner's Advisor Ever Assume the Role of a Construction Manager on a Design-Build Project?

Posted by John Doller, P.E., Senior Vice President, Carollo Engineers

It’s important to first define what we mean by "construction management (CM)." In the water industry, the term CM has become synonymous with what are truly construction administration (CA) services, where the owner employs the OA to be the quality assurance agent for the project. Construction management is the responsibility and the job of the design-build (DB) team. In essence, the DB team retains the responsibility for managing the construction phase of the project and has responsibility for the overall quality control (QC) of that work. An owner's advisor (OA) working as a representative of the owner as a CA has the responsibility for quality assurance (QA). This includes traditional activities such as payment administration, critical contract submittal and shop drawing reviews for compliance to the contract documents, interpretation of the contract documents, inspection of the work, etc.

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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.

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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.

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