Educational Documents

The following materials are available for downloading and use at no cost. If you are looking for additional information please contact us at 410-798-0842 or email While WDBC Education materials are copyrighted, they are provided at no cost as long as they achieve the intended purpose. At the same time, all information and documents contained herein or available on our site are not to be construed as a substitute for legal advice provided by your corporate counsel. They are not guaranteed to be correct, complete or up-to-date, and the WDBC accepts no liability for their use. They are not a substitute for advice from your own knowledgeable counsel and experts.”


These Guides, produced by the WDBC Technical Practices Committee, are intended to assist owners in developing request for qualifications (RFQ) and request for proposals (RFP) procurement documents for design-build water and wastewater projects. they have been structured so that owner’s can insert their own specific information instead of starting from scratch. Additional guidance on procurement can be found in the 4th Edition of the Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook (2016).  WDBC also offers education session specific to the procurement process.

Procurement Guide for Progressive Design-Build Projects (2016 Update)

SUMMARY  Revisions to Progressive Design-Build Procurement Guide

Procurement Guide for Construction Management-at-Risk Projects (2016)

WDBC 4TH EDITION of the Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook – see separate page

Also Available for Download Only: 3rd Edition of the Municipal Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook

WDBC’s 3rd Edition of the Municipal Water Design-Build Handbook provides readers with recommended guidelines for best practices and important factors to consider in implementing water and wastewater infrastructure projects using the various design-build delivery methods. More importantly, the 3rd edition of the Handbook focuses on new and clearer terminology for use in the water industry. Download the Handbook now to learn more about:

  • Understanding the Basics of Design-Build and CMAR for water infrastructure projects
  • The spectrum of project delivery methods and key factors to use in the decision-making process
  • Planning for a Design-Build or CMAR project and determining the best method for a particular water infrastructure project
  • The major steps in the procurement process for Design-Build and CMAR projects
  • Risk allocation in Design-Build and CMAR projects and understanding the basic risk allocation principles
  • Management and oversight of Design-Build and CMAR contracts
  • Design-Build Operate
  • The final steps of a project, including startup and commissioning, project acceptance and transitioning to owner operations

Download the Handbook now!

 Progressive Design-Build Projects

These documents assist owners in identifying the most appropriate procurement process for a particular water or wastewater project and in preparing RFQs and RFPs that will promote each owner’s interests and objectives.The progressive design-build method of delivering infrastructure projects combines the owner’s direct control over project concept and detailed design with the design-builder’s innovation – and creates a single point of accountability.

WDBC Recommended Guidelines for Best Practices

Excerpted from the WDBC Handbook, these one-page guidelines are a concise description of the key practices within collaborative delivery


The following presentations have been converted to PDF format for your use.

 Project Case Studies Using Design-Build

 American Water Works Association (AWWA) Resources

  • Design–Build for Water and Wastewater Projects, book by Holly Shorney-Darby, PhD, Editor Written for water and wastewater utility management, engineers, planners, city officials, utility policymakers, regulators, and design-build contractors, the book provides a basic template of how to plan, procure, and execute a design-build project.