Author Archives: Kevin D. Waddell, PE, Assoc. DBIA, Manager of Estimating & Preconstruction - Water, Burns & McDonnell

About Kevin D. Waddell, PE, Assoc. DBIA, Manager of Estimating & Preconstruction - Water, Burns & McDonnell

Kevin Waddell, PE, Assoc. DBIA, is an estimating and preconstruction manager at Burns & McDonnell. He brings more than 28 years of experience in the construction industry and leads preconstruction and estimating services for design-build and construction management at-risk (CMAR) contracts for water and wastewater infrastructure projects across the US.

Designing for Procurement Can Help Alleviate Supply Chain Headaches

The design-build project delivery approach continues to deliver value to municipal water utilities. From a single point of responsibility and integration to cost certainty and timely delivery, design-build can help create a more streamlined and seamless project experience. Design-build planning starts by assessing which project elements will take the longest. Then, the team works backwards to inform sequencing of design and procurement. However, the global supply chain crisis is creating major bottlenecks in the delivery of much-needed equipment for projects in all industries. Some portions of the planning need rethinking accordingly.

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Topics: Burns & McDonnell, Collaborative Delivery, Design-Build, Procurement.

Early Supplier Involvement During The Development of the Response to a Design-Build RFP

In April 2016, the design-build team of Foley Company and Black & Veatch was awarded the Blue River WWTP Odor Control Phase 1 design-build contract for Kansas City, MO, Water Services Department. The proposal submitted contained two parts: 1) technical proposal and 2) lump sum fixed price with a 20-year life cycle cost analysis. The criteria for selecting the design-build team was a point system developed to evaluate the team’s technical background, experience, project approach, lump sum fixed-price construction and engineering work, and the life cycle operation and maintenance cost analysis.

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Topics: Design-Build, RFP.

Why Use Local Businesses in Collaborative Delivery Projects?

In working on water infrastructure projects in the collaborative delivery industry, it is important to understand the value of involving local businesses. When a design-build firm begins a project in a new locality that may not be within their normal geographic area, there are not only differences to be encountered, but more importantly, there are fabulous opportunities.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, Design-Build.