Author Archives: Lawrence P. Johnson, PE, DBIA, Vice President, HDR, Inc.

About Lawrence P. Johnson, PE, DBIA, Vice President, HDR, Inc.

WDBC Past President Larry Johnson has over 40 years of design, project management, program management, construction management, and design-build experience in the water and wastewater industry. He has worked for both engineering and at-risk construction companies on some of the world’s largest and most complex water and wastewater programs in United States, Australia, and Europe. For the past 25 years he has been focused exclusively on collaborative delivery and has completed more than 18 design-build and construction management at-risk projects.

When Changing Enabling Legislation – Keep It Flexible

Water Design-Build Council (WDBC) research confirms a significant increase in growth in the use of collaborative-delivery methods for water and wastewater projects in the U.S. For certain public owners, including some cities, counties, districts, agencies, special purpose entities, and states, where historically only design-bid-build (DBB) has been utilized for implementing capital works projects, enabling legislation modifications may be required so these public agencies can utilize collaborative-delivery methods such as fixed-price design-build (FPDB), progressive design-build (PDB), and construction management at-risk (CMAR). Enabling legislation modifications can be unique to each public owner and frequently come in the form of a charter amendment, ordinance change, or municipal code modification. Regardless of the required process, WDBC supports the best practice of engaging each public owner’s legal counsel and governing body to guide and implement modifications to enabling legislation.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, HDR.

Field Trips Aren’t Just for Kids

  San Jose Water Company (SJW) recently completed their first progressive design-build project and largest capital improvement project ever: a $50 million upgrade to the Montevina Water Treatment Plant in Los Gatos, California. The project was recently recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers San Francisco Section as the 2018 Environmental Engineering Project of the Year. During his acceptance speech at the awards banquet, Andrew Gere, President and Chief Operating Officer of SJW, said, “The success of the project was founded upon partnering developed by the owner and the design-builder.”

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Topics: HDR, Progressive Design-Build, Water Design-Build Project.