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WDBC E-NEWS – June 10, 2016


Issue Highlights

  • Meet the WDBC New Advisor Members

  • Key Management Steps for Collaborative Delivery Projects

  • Project Spotlight: Resource Recovery - O'Brien & Gere

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 provides the same level of service throughout the entire country during the plan and design phase of water infrastructure projects. 
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, contributing to PCL's being named the 6th largest contracting organization in the US.

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, and has invested over $500 million in capital equipment and regularly employs over 5,000 engineers and skilled tradesmen.

Key Management Steps for Collaborative Delivery Projects

The newly released Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook focuses on the key management activities that ensure a contract signed with a collaborative-delivery firm leads to a working relationship built upon trust, respect and collaboration.

Step 1: When a contract is signed, the owner and the collaborative-delivery firm work together throughout the project with the shared goal of delivering a quality project on time and within budget. Communication among all team members is transparent, frequent, and timely, focusing on project items as they occur before they become issues.

Step 2: In design-build projects, the design-builder is the single point of contact who is responsible for both design and construction. This allows the owner to be a participant in the design process without serving as an intermediary.

Step 3: In a CMAR project, the owner has separate contractual relationships with the engineering and CMAR firms, therefore they serve as an intermediary between the two. Although the CMAR firm serves as the construction manager during design and is actively involved in the design process, the firm assumes no design risk or responsibility. This responsibility remains with the owner.

These key management steps are also an essential module in the WDBC Education and Training Program.

Project Spotlight: Johnston, Rhode Island's Resource Recovery Project

OBG_RIRRC1.jpgThe RIRRC, which handles most of Rhode Island’s municipal waste and recycling from neighboring cities and towns, needed to design and build a 0.650-mgd treatment plant to comply with projected changes in the discharge
standards for disposal of wastewater, including leachate, into a public sewer system.

Specifically, the new facility needed to pretreat landfill-related leachate from RIRRC’s Central Landfill to help the RIRRC comply with projected changes in nitrogen-discharge standards set by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) for the disposal of wastewater.

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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.

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