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) not-for-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 (now Jacobs), CDM Smith, Carollo Engineers, Earth Tech (now AECOM), and HDR, all shared the belief that an organization pursuing 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 the addition of industry thought leaders Arcadis, Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, Garney, Haskell, Kiewit, OBG, Part of Ramboll, Parsons, Stantec, Tesco Controls, and The Walsh Group.
2017 Strategic Goals
- Increase WDBC’s stature in the water industry through thought leadership, research, and production of 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
- An industry-first research initiative: Assessing the Demand for the Use of Design-Build Delivery in the Public Sector
- Fixed-Price Design-Build Procurement Guide (and accompanying “Leaders Guide”)
- Financing guide for projects using design-build delivery methods
- Cooperative ventures with industry partners
- Expansion of WDBC design-build project education program
- 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.