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WDBC E-NEWS – April 28, 2017


Liberty, Missouri, Tackles the Challenge of Stabilizing Customer Rates Through Design-Build Delivery

The Liberty, Missouri, wastewater project is a great example of a city looking out for the best interests of its citizens’ hard-earned dollars. Rather than continuing the status quo, Liberty pursued different treatment options and innovative delivery methods that will positively impact the customers of Liberty for future generations to come. Read how the City of Liberty, Missouri, completed construction and began operation of the first wastewater plant in Missouri to utilize fixed-price, performance-based design-build delivery while being the first design-build in Missouri to utilize State Revolving Funds (SRF).

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Are You Attending the May 4-5, 2017, P3 Water Summit?

The 2017 P3 Water Summit - Solving Water Changes Through Partnerships - provides water managers and professionals at all industry levels with guidance on evaluating the use of partnerships in developing solutions for their water, wastewater, and storm water systems. The sessions specifically focus on development and financing solutions being used by municipalities throughout the U.S. to address challenges related to the nation’s aging water infrastructure.

As a 2017 Water Summit sponsor, WDBC’s session – Applying Water Design-Build Best Practices to P3 Delivery – discusses the intersection of current design-build practices in the water and wastewater sector and how those practices should be adapted for P3 delivery.

If you are considering a P3 delivery for your new municipal asset, but are not sure where/how to start or you’re concerned about attracting private sector interest, then Best Practices for P3 Procurement Success is the session to attend. This unique roundtable discusses pre-RFP activities for a municipal entity to consider, a procurement road map to then follow, and finally the individual steps to prepare and implement a P3 from procurement through award, commercial/financial close, delivery, and operations.

The 2017 P3 Water Summit is truly one of the most organized and well developed conferences with respect to content and the range of information provided.  Don’t miss it!

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Registration is Open for the June 1, 2017, Virginia Design-Build Education and Training Session – Henrico, Virginia

This one-day interactive, experiential education and training session for city and county officials; managers and staff of municipal, private, and government organizations; and private industry answers the questions you have about the essential knowledge needed to plan for, procure and manage design-build for water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

Session topics include:

  • Preparing to pursue the use of collaborative delivery methods—special attention to the role of an owner’s advisor.
  • Distinctions and differences of design-build delivery for water and wastewater projects, specifically addressing progressive design-build and construction management at-risk.
  • Allocating and managing risk—What's a risk register?
  • Procuring the design-build contractor—What should be included in the contracts?
  • Managing of your DB project—What happens after the contract is signed?
  • How to ensure an effective transition and commissioning process for design-build water infrastructure projects.

This event is hosted by the Virginia Water Environment Association and the American Water Works Association Virginia Section.

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Closing the Design-Build Gap: A Focus on New York

Posted by Peter Tymkiw, P.E., Senior Vice President, Arcadis 

New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, made headlines recently when he submitted a draft budget to expand the use of the design-build project delivery approach.  If the budget is approved later this year, New York state agencies would be able to move infrastructure projects forward using design-build.

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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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