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WDBC E-NEWS – May 6, 2016


Issue Highlights

  • 2016 Water and Wastewater Conference Re-Cap

  • 4th Edition of the Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook Update

  • Welcome WDBC New Advisors

2016 Water and Wastewater Conference Re-Cap

Owner's Advisors was clearly a hot topic at the 2016 Water and Wastewater Design-Build Conference, in Charlotte, NC. 

Participant questions and comments were kickstarted with a panel discussion during the opening session of the conference, and continued through to the end of the two day program. They were most prevalent, however, at the standing-room only presentation of Role and Responsibilities of an Owner’s Advisor by WDBC members David Kinchen, Bill Hixon, Phil Sudol and Mike Cecil. The impact of this response was quite telling: There is a need for education, but more importantly, for understanding the differences between an owner's advisor and a program manager.

The Owner's Advisor presentation highlighted key points from the new section included in the 4th Edition of the Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook. This topic is also incorporated into WDBC’s Education and Training Program – and in June, will be an addition to the “Leadership Guide” brochure series.

In the upcoming weeks, WDBC will also launch a discussion forum for owners to share their questions and experiences surrounding this topic. Keep an eye out for special announcements and instructions. 

4th Edition of the Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook Update

The 4th Edition of the Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook is almost ready! We apologize for the unexpected delay, however there were a few additional and important updates to be included. The Handbook is now at the printer, and is being prepped for download from the WDBC website by the end of next week.  A special notice will be sent out with additional information on the collaborative role of the DBIA on the Handbook and distribution.

A special online purchase form will also be available on the website for hard copies of the Handbook to be mailed to requestors, with the anticipated delivery date of mid-May. We will continue to keep you updated on this progress.

Welcome WDBC New Advisors!

The WDBC Advisor Group was formed to validate the importance of those firms who work in the water design-build sector and provide services that enhance the WDBC’s mission to advance design-build delivery methods and transform the water industry - through thought leadership and education, supported by research. Participants in this group meet with WDBC Board members to provide another sector of industry experiences in developing best practices for collaborative delivery. Representing The Walsh Group is Dan Reynolds, VP/COO; from PCL Construction is Ken Slota, Special Project Manager; and from HD Supply Waterworks is Andy Santi, Marketing Director. We look forward to their collaboration in our ongoing work.

HDSupply.pngHD Supply Waterworks is the nation’s largest distributor of water, sewer, storm, fusible piping, and fire protection infrastructure products, serving the needs of both contractors and municipalities in all aspects of the water, wastewater, clean water, landfill, energy, and fire protection industries. With operations in more than 240 branches serving the United States, the Caribbean, and the international market, HD Supply Waterworks is able to provide the same level of service throughout the entire country during the plan and design phase of water infrastructure projects. HD Supply Waterworks is an operating division of HD Supply a leading industrial distribution company, providing a wide range of products and services to professional customers in the maintenance, repair and operations, infrastructure and power, and specialty construction sectors.

PCL_Construction_color.jpgEstablished in 1906, PCL is group of independent construction companies that carries out work across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and building markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centers. With an annual construction volume of $8.5 billion, PCL has been named the 6th largest contracting organization in the United States by Engineering News-Record. PCL employs more than 4,500 full-time professional and administrative staff and more than 10,000 hourly tradespeople. We offer a variety of construction delivery methods that provide the best solution for its clients, including design-build, progressive design-build, construction management-at-risk, and design-bid-build.

The_Walsh_Group_Logo.jpgThe Walsh Group is a 118-year old, family owned business in its fourth generation of leadership providing general contracting, construction management and design-build services. The Chicago-based company maintains a national industry presence through fifteen regional offices with services provided through the operations of subsidiaries Walsh Construction and Archer Western. The Walsh Group is capable of performing all site survey, engineering and layout, demolition, site utility, yard piping, process equipment piping and installation, excavation, concrete work and carpentry work with its own forces. The company has invested over $500 million in capital equipment and regularly employs over 5,000 engineers and skilled tradesmen.



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.

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