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WDBC E-NEWS – March 15, 2017


Why the Use of Design-Build Delivery is Growing in the Water Sector

MARK THE DATE! On Friday, March 31, at the 2017 Design-Build for Water and Wastewater Conference in Minneapolis, MN, at 11a.m., the Water Design-Build Council will present the initial results of an industry-first research initiative, Assessing the Demand for the Use of Design-Build Delivery in the Public Sector. This new research began in September 2016 under contract to Rubin-Mallows Worldwide and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill's Finance Center. It assesses the size and trends in design-build contracting among the nation's water and wastewater utilities.

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A Cost-Effective Design-Build Solution for San Francisco Bay

Located in the eastern region of the San Francisco Bay Area, the City of Richmond, CA, encompasses an area of more than 52 square miles. Originally founded in 1905, the city now serves a population of over 100,000 -- all of whom depend on the reliability of the city's 80-year-old sewer system. Since the 1950’s, the City of Richmond has had the task of managing sewer overflow situations due to periodic heavy rainfalls with only two wet weather structures.

In 2006, the City of Richmond entered into a settlement agreement with the San Francisco Baykeepers to find a solution to handling the "normal" wet weather situations, and to reserve the use of the older overflow structures to rare and extreme storm events.

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March 2017 Education and Training Sessions:

March 16, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Ottenheimer Hall, Little Rock, Arkansas 

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March 20, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Kansas City, Missouri

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Industry Perspective: The Value In Early Input from Operators and Equipment Suppliers in a Design-Build Project

With today’s more complex water and wastewater projects, the role of equipment suppliers and the plant’s operations group represents an even more important component in the early design phase of a project. These professionals and subject matter experts give more value to a customer by providing input on the proposed design where equipment is involved and, at times, resolving conflicts as to how a specific piece of equipment can be the solution to the problem. The utility’s operators and maintenance team are the essential individuals who know how the plant performs in all types of scenarios – from major storm events, to the major flushes from a Super Bowl game, to a drought situation.

Patrick J. Regan, Director, Global Accounts, Evoqua Technologies

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How are Risks and Contracts Managed in a Design-Build Project?

Answers to this question are available in the new sessions presented by the Water Design-Build Council in its 2017 Education Programs. While the new Handbook addresses the distinctions and differences of the design-build delivery models - greater detail on managing risks and contracts is a core part of the new program - the education modules also feature updates on procurement practices and ensuring a successful transition.

WDBC brings instructors and its sessions to your location - just contact the WDBC office.

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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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