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The North Davis Sewer District Biosolids Progressive Design-Build Project

With Utah’s population expected to nearly double by 2050, several of the biosolids treatment processes at or over capacity, and outdated technology hampering overall efficiency, North Davis Sewer District (“the District”) needed to expand and improve its facility.

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Topics: Brown and Caldwell, Progressive Design-Build.

Design-Build Delivery: Not Just for ‘Big’ Water Projects

Quite often, many of the examples of publicized projects about design-build delivery are larger projects – which is not always an accurate representation of what is going on in the industry. For instance, a few months ago, I was partaking in my normal perusing of Google alerts for online items relating to projects in the water sector, when I spotted an intriguing newspaper headline from a small Ohio village.

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery, Design-Build, Education, WDBC Admin.

The Common Language between Utilities of the Future and Design-Build Delivery

This piece was originally published here on April 1, 2016. The National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Research Foundation, and the Water Environment Federation collectively hatched “the utility of the future” (UOTF) concept in 2013 in “The Water Resources Utility of the Future: A Blueprint for Action.” In this and ensuing documents, these organizations not only explain why transformative change is necessary but also provide guidance on how utilities can make the essential transformation.

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery, Progressive Design-Build.

Fixed-Price Design-Build Selection

The fixed-price design-build delivery method allows owners of water infrastructure to select design-builders that best fit the project budget, scope, and schedule requirements.  With a good understanding of their overall project objectives, budget, and schedule requirements in the procurement process, owners can achieve great success using fixed-price design-build.

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Topics: Design-Build, Fixed-Price Design-Build, Goodwin Brothers.

Mitigating Risks Through Collaborative Delivery

During the preliminary design or preconstruction phase of a project, developing a risk registry in parallel with the design, scope development and costing, gives the owner and the collaborative delivery firm a clear understanding of potential risks and their potential effects on delivering the final project.

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery, Risk Allocation.

Key Steps to a Successful Transition to Owner Operations

Both the owner and the selected collaborative-delivery firm share responsibility for ensuring a smooth transition from construction to operation. This process actually begins during the planning stage, when the owner drafts the implementation plan. The transition process is later addressed in the owner’s procurement documents, contract, and final project implementation plan.

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery, Design-Build, Owners, WDBC Admin.

The Use of a Continuous, Real-Time Approach in Collaborative Projects

In design-build delivery, the construction management at-risk (CMAR) firm’s ability to provide real-time services in an integrated and collaborative environment, is key to delivering the project on a reliable schedule and with a higher level of assurance of meeting the GMP during preconstruction services.

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Topics: CMAR, Collaborative Project Delivery, The Walsh Group.

Safety in the Integrated Project Delivery Approach

Safety on projects is increasingly important for a successfully completed project in financial outcomes, as well as public perception. In addition, it is just the right message to send to all of the team by saying that it is unacceptable for anyone to be injured. Some time ago, a construction company executive at a meeting of key staff asked 10 people to stand up. He then asked, “Would each of you volunteer to get hurt on our projects this coming year?” He asked, because that is how many were injured in the previous year. No one volunteered to be hurt.

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Topics: Design-Build, Safety.

What is Construction Management At-Risk?

Throughout the North America’s design-build industry, there are a number of project delivery models that are successfully used for the design, construction and operation of water and water reclamation facilities.

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Topics: CMAR.

Smart Partnerships Involve Equipment Suppliers in an Evolving Water Design-Build Industry

Equipment vendors and technology suppliers are quickly becoming important players in collaborative delivery for the water industry. As technologies become more advanced, equipment suppliers offer a wide portfolio of state-of-the-art solutions with respect to operations, service impacts, and long-term performance.

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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery, Design-Build, Evoqua, Water Infrastructure.