WDBC Committees and Projects

The WDBC Board of Directors creates all committees, defines their powers and duties and dissolves them accordingly. Standing Committees are created by an official action of the Board of Directors and are subsequently defined within the Council’s By-Laws, Policies and Procedures, and Organization Manual documents. The President appoints the chair of all committees unless stipulated differently according to terms defined within the governing documents.  There are no term limits to those appointments.  In a roll call of Committee votes, no more than one (1) member vote will be counted.  Committee roles and responsibilities as defined in the Council’s Administrative Procedures include the following details.

Standing Committees

Executive Committee – David Kinchen, Chair

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors consists of the officers of the Council and the immediate Past President serving as an ex-officio member. During intervals between meetings of the Board of Directors, their role is authorized to exercise any powers of the Board except for those that are restricted by a resolution of the Board. The President serves as the Committee Chair and in his absence, either the 1st or 2nd Vice President will preside at all meetings.

Budget and Finance – Leofwin Clark, Chair

Approved by the WDBC Board of Directors (September 11, 2011), the role of the Budget and Finance Committee is to:

  1. Recommend policies on behalf of the WDBC relative to the management and investment of the Council’s finances
  2. Provide direction to the “Independent Investment Advisor” (IIA) regarding the overall investment strategy and management of WDBC funds.
  3. Review and recommend action on the draft annual budget to be presented to the WDBC Board of Directors for approval at its Annual Member Meeting in December.
  4. Provide oversight of the internal controls put place for the WDBC’s finances by the operations manager.

The Committee is comprised of three Board members including a past-president, chaired by the current WDBC Treasurer, and staffed by the Operations Manager.  Meetings are called at the direction of the WDBC Treasurer, or Operations Manager, acting on behalf of the Chair for the purposes of reviewing and acting upon such documents as provided by the Operations Manager:  Reserve Fund and Financial Investment Strategy, Internal Management Controls, the draft Annual Budget and the Annual Year-End Financial Reports

Nominations – Patrick Gallagher, Chair

The Executive Committee serves as the Council’s Nominating Committee, with the current Past-President as Chair.  Their responsibilities are to annually nominate the Council’s officers and up At-Large Directors, to be presented to the members for election at the Annual Membership Meeting for the ensuing year.

Technical Practices– John Doller, Chair

Approved by the WDBC Board of Directors (April 25, 2012) as a Standing Committee, the role of the WDBC Technical Practices Committee is to assure that consistency exists in all technical documents produced by WDBC, that they are in alignment with the Council’s mission, adhere to best practices of the design-build industry, and to provide support for the development and production of those documents that may be used for educational and information purposes that adhere to industry’s best practices.

Activities and Projects

  • Procurement Guide for Fixed-Price Design-Build Water Projects (2015)
  •  Procurement Guide for Progressive Design-Build Water Projects
  • Model Contract and Conditions document for Progressive Design-Build Water Projects
  • Leaders Guide for Progressive Design-Build Delivery for Water Projects
  • Leaders Guide for Design-Build Delivery Methods for Water Projects
  • 3rd Edition WDBC Municipal Water and Wastewater Municipal Handbook
  • 2012 Municipal Owners Customer Satisfaction Survey of Water Design-Build Projects

Appointed Committees

Communications – Chitra Foster, Chair

Purpose:  To ensure that effective communication, consistent on-target messages, and integration and promotion of both the Council’s and member project’s occurs on behalf of the Water Design-Build Council to achieves its mission and goals.


  • Defines communications strategies to facilitate WDBC achieving its mission and is in alignment with member company initiatives.
  • Participate in the development of an annual communications and publications plan
  • Provides input to the ongoing enhancements to the WDBC website and effective use of social media
  • Supports the operations manager with timely review of products being publicly released

Activities and Projects

  • Enhancement and expansion of the WDBC website and development of the new social media program
  • Review and input to the WDBC Video’s
  • Production of a 2013 Communications Plan

Education –  Linda Hanifin Bonner, Chair

Purpose:  The Education Committee provides support to the organization in the development of an education and outreach program with products and services activities that fulfill the mission of the Water Design-Build Council


  • Development and production of the WDBC educational program products: training sessions, videos,brochures
  • Development of  educational “Leaders Guide” series
  • Production and support to an educational outreach program through presentations, workshops, and forums
  • Updating of the Municipal Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook

Activities and Projects

  • 3rd Edition of the Municipal Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook
  • Educational video series that supports DBIA’s CEU Program
  • Participation in the AWWA Water/Wastewater Handbook
  • DBIA Conference presentations
  • Workshops and owner presentations on Design-Build Delivery

Research – Stephen Gates, Chair

Purpose:  To develop and recommend essential research endeavors that benefit the design-build/CMAR industry and fulfill the mission of the Water Design-build Council.


  • Defines and recommends the annual research program to facilitate WDBC achieving its mission.
  • Participate in the development, review and formulation of all related documents
  • Both develops and provides input and direction to documents produced
  • Supports the operations manager with timely review of products and technical direction required for the decision-making process.

Activities and Projects

  • 2015 Owners and Managers Experiences in Using Design-Build Delivery
  • 2014 State Statue Research Update
  • 2012 Customer Satisfaction Survey
  • Special state analysis research on progressive-design build statutes
  • 2013 Understanding Impediments to Design-Build Delivery