About Us


Transform the water industry by advancing successful collaborative delivery methods through education, research, and advocacy

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 and 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, McCarthy, MWH Constructors, Parsons, Ramboll (formerly OBG), Stantec, Sundt, Tesco Controls, and The Walsh Group.

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.