Our Mission

To evolve best practices for successful implementation of water projects through collaborative delivery methods, by facilitating thought leadership with stakeholders through research, education and communication.

Chartered in 2006, the Water Design-Build Council is a 501 C (6) non-profit corporation, established as an educational industry advocate for the value of collaborative delivery methods for water and wastewater infrastructure projects; and to promote best practices in design-build and CMAR procurement and implementation through education and outreach.

WDBC’s charter members, Brown & Caldwell, CH2M, CDM Smith, Carollo Engineers, Earth Tech (now AECOM), and HDR, all shared the belief that an organization pursing this mission would be the most effective mechanism to provide urgently needed education programs and best practices about design-build and CMAR delivery for water and wastewater projects. Today’s membership is even stronger with industry thought leaders ARCADIS-US, Black & Veatch, Haskell, HDR, and Parsons [see board member information].

2015 Strategic Goals

  • Increase WDBC’s stature in the water industry through thought leadership, research and producing quality products and services.
  • Advance WDBC’s education and training programs through ongoing research and products with “partnering” organizations
  • Expand WDBC membership and opportunities for non-member involvement

 2015 Priorities

  1. A Research Study of Executive and Manager Experiences (Lessons Learned) in Using design-build delivery methods
  2. Fixed Price Design-Build Procurement Manual (and accompanying “Leaders Guide”.
  3. A Financing Guide for Projects Using Design-Build Delivery Methods
  4. An Industry Analysis of Design-Build Delivery
  5. Cooperative Ventures with Industry Partners
  6. Expansion of WDBC Design-Build Project Education Program
  7. Broaden Membership to other industry services

As a not-for-profit organization, the WDBC seeks to advance the development and rehabilitation of the nation’s municipal water and wastewater systems through the use of the design-build and construction-management at risk (CMAR) methods of project delivery. These processes integrate both the design and construction phases to optimize innovation, speed, quality control, and single-point accountability