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Procurement Best Practices for Collaborative-Delivery Projects

Collaborative-delivery methods such as design-build and construction management-at-risk can provide superior project results. This is especially true when owners apply design-build and construction management-at-risk procurement, contracting and execution best practices that provide opportunities for innovation without unnecessarily constraining creative cost, time and quality solutions. This blog will focus on procurement best practices.

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Topics: Best Practices, PC Construction, Procurement.

Interview: Insights for Industry Organizations Pursuing a Design-Build Project

An interview with Ryan Adler of Crossland Heavy Contractors. Is your firm organized and prepared internally to pursue the next design-build project advertised?

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Topics: Crossland Heavy Contractors, Design-Build, WDBC Admin.

Design-Build Project Delivery Gains Momentum as More Water Utilities Make the Switch

The federal government estimates that more than $384 billion in capital investment is needed by 2030 to maintain the nation’s drinking water infrastructure. Publicly owned wastewater utilities need about $270 billion during the same period.

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Topics: Brown and Caldwell, Design-Build, Water Design-Build Project, WDBC Admin.

Risk and Reward in Cincinnati

This article originally appeared at Brown and Caldwell, published on September 20, 2016. When Uncertainties Abound, Design-Build Delivers to Overcome Project Challenges From Manhattan to Malibu, water and wastewater utility owners and managers are increasingly turning to bundled, full-service solutions for their infrastructure needs. A clear market trend has emerged, with more demand for integrated project delivery models, such as design-build, to collaboratively develop capital improvement projects that otherwise couldn’t be built.

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Topics: Brown and Caldwell, Collaborative Delivery, Design-Build.

Managing Risks in Design-Build Delivery

  Findings in the research study of “Lessons Learned from Owners Using Design-Build Project Delivery” emphasizes that the key to successful design-build projects is an active and continuous collaboration between and owner and the selected project team.

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Topics: Design-Build, Risk Allocation, WDBC Admin.

Optimizing Power and Control Solutions on Collaborative Delivery Projects

Delivering maximum value to the owner, at minimal cost, is the key to success of any collaborative-delivery project. This value can be measured in many ways, including long-term cost of ownership, initial capital cost, the effectiveness of the solution, reliability and resiliency; and, in our current global environment, the safety and security of the installation and the people running it.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery.

What Are the Financial Trends of Municipalities in Funding Water and Sewer Projects?

A featured topic of discussion at the recent August ACEC Environment & Energy Committee meeting was Identifying Financial Trends from federal, state, and private/public partnership (P3) sources. Committee members sought to gain insight and perspective from other groups and organizations also in attendance (Council of Mayors, WDBC, engineering and financial firms).

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Topics: Education, P3, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment, Water Infrastructure/Treatment, WDBC Admin.

What Stimulates Innovation in Design-Build Projects?

Innovation, what is it? Change, alteration, ingenuity, inventiveness. These are all words that describe the process and results of being innovative. What stimulates innovation? Innovation is the result of the necessity to develop a solution based on a need, want or problem that must be resolved.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Enerfab, Water Design-Build Project.

The Principles of Open-Book Pricing

X ADCHOICES IDENTIFIED Several of our industry’s best collaborative-delivery methods— namely construction management at-risk (CMAR) and progressive design-build — rely on an open-book process for developing cost and pricing during pre-construction.

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Topics: Brown and Caldwell, CMAR, Design-Build, Open-Book Pricing.

Design-Build in the Industrial Sector

As we observe the growth of design-build as a project delivery method in the municipal water market, I am reminded that our industry was a late adopter of collaborative delivery. In those early days of delivery method evaluation, some of us would point to the success achieved in the industrial markets using design-build as a reason to consider “alternative project delivery” in the design-bid-build world of water. But what is the reality of the industrial design-build market?

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, Design-Build.