Author Archives: Wesley A. Smith, Director of Business Development – Design-Build, Black & Veatch

About Wesley A. Smith, Director of Business Development – Design-Build, Black & Veatch

Wesley Smith leads collaborative project development efforts for Black & Veatch Water. He is focused on assisting clients in project planning and execution using design-build and construction management at-risk. With experience ranging from work on the Central Artery Project in Boston to the Tunnel and Reservoir Program in Chicago to multiple components of the Southern Nevada Water Authority treatment and transmission infrastructure in Las Vegas, his resume includes a history of successful project deliveries.

Transferring Risk: An Opportunity to Add Value Using Progressive Design-Build Delivery

Projects delivered under construction management at-risk (CMAR) and progressive design-build (PDB) contracts are becoming more common in the US water sector. Each method offers opportunities for an owner to accelerate schedule, collaborate more effectively with a project team, facilitate early consideration of construction issues, and receive insight into project cost. There are many similarities between these two delivery methods, but PDB offers one major differentiator: an opportunity for the owner to transfer additional risk.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Progressive Design-Build, Risk Allocation.

Addressing the Wish List

What happens when your project has a fixed budget and an open-ended project scope? Or what if there is a desire to deal with not only a specific need, but also address a “wish list” of additional improvements?

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Progressive Design-Build.