Procurement Guides

Produced by the WDBC Technical Practices Committee, these documents are intended to assist owners in developing request for qualifications (RFQ) and request for proposals (RFP) procurement documents for water and wastewater projects using design-build and construction management-at-risk delivery methods. They are structured so that owner’s can insert their own specific information instead of starting from scratch. Additional guidance on procurement is also located in the 4th Edition of the Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook (2016).  WDBC also offers education session that are specific to the procurement process.

The Procurement Guides listed below are primarily available to owners and WDBC member firms. Request a copy of the Progressive Design Build Procurement Guide.

Progressive Design-Build Procurement Guide Overview – W-1100 (2013)

Progressive Design-Build Procurement Guide – Single-Step Process – RFQ – W-1200 (2015)

Progressive Design-Build Procurement Guide – Two-Step Process – RFP – W-1300 (2015)

Progressive Design-Build Procurement Guide – Two Step Process – Step 1 – RFQ  W-1400 (2015)

Progressive Design-Build Procurement Guide – Two Step RFP – W-1500 (2015)

Construction Management-at-Risk Procurement Guide Overview – W-3100 (2016)

Construction Management-at-Risk Procurement Guide – Two Step Process – Step 1 – RFQ – W-3200 (2016)

Construction Management-at-Risk Procurement Guide – RFP Process – W-3300 (2016)

WDBC 4TH EDITION of the Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook – Click Here

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.

 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 industry members.
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