Guidelines for Conducting the Procurement Process

Successful design-build or construction management at-risk projects begin with a well-planned and thoughtfully executed procurement process. This process should be based on the owner’s objectives, expectations and priorities that are clearly defined. Together or independently, these variables can affect the timeline and complexity of the procurement process, in addition to costs.

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Topics: WDBC Admin.

8 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Project-Delivery Method

When it comes to water and wastewater infrastructure projects, more and more owners are reporting quality project results that are both on schedule and within budget. The common denominator? Collaborative project-delivery methods. But for decision makers, choosing the best project-delivery method can be challenging – every project is different. In order to select the best project-delivery method, here are the questions you need to consider:

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, WDBC Admin.

Project Spotlight: Carroll County, Maryland, Water Treatment Plant

In Maryland, the Carroll County Bureau of Utilities needed a 4-mgd expansion added onto their existing 3-mgd water treatment plant in order to adequately serve the county’s 31,000 residents. The bureau also needed to design and construct a new 24-inch water transmission main, as well ancillary equipment, structures and facilities.

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Topics: AECOM.

Parsons Breaks Ground on CMAR Desalination Project

WDBC member Parsons recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off construction of a brackish groundwater desalination project for the San Antonio (Texas) Water System (SAWS). Event participants included SAWS trustees and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as well as other state and local dignitaries.

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Topics: Parsons.

City of Annapolis Awards Design-Build Contract for Water Treatment

City leaders in Annapolis, Maryland broke ground recently on a $35 million water treatment plant project, the largest construction project in the city’s history. The design-build project will update the city’s aging water infrastructure with a new state-of-the-art facility.

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Topics: Design-Build, Water Infrastructure/Treatment, WDBC Admin.

Procuring a Design-Build or Construction Management At-Risk Project

The most successful design-build (DB) and construction management at-risk (CMAR) projects begin with a well planned procurement process that is based on the owners’s objectives, expectations and clearly-identified priorities. Individually or together, these attributes can affect the duration and complexity of the procurement process, as well as its cost. For a successful procurement process, an owner must have knowledge of state and local regulations and must provide a clear statement of the project’s requirements, as well as a draft contract that includes terms, selection criteria and schedule. Clearly conveying this information in a transparent process minimizes unnecessary expenditures of time and resources for both the owner and potential design-build or CMAR firms.

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Topics: WDBC Admin.

What Is A Construction Management at-Risk Project?

With the volume of investment required to maintain and replace our nation’s aging water infrastructure on the rise, Owners are searching for project delivery models that offer improved outcomes and increased delivery speed while also promoting cost efficiency. This has led to an increased focus on collaborative delivery models in which construction personnel are integrated into the design and construction process early, and the contractor is selected based on qualifications, cost, and other non-price factors.

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Topics: CMAR, WDBC Admin.

Demonstration Wetlands Treat and Reuse RO Concentrate

Jim Bays of WDBC Member CH2M Hill provides details of the firm’s collaboration with the Arizona Bureau of Reclamation and the City of Goodyear, Arizona, to implement an innovative approach in treatment wetlands.

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Topics: Uncategorized.

Municipalities Have Many Options in a Public-Private Partnership

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are a bit like snowflakes – no two are alike. In fact, for municipalities looking at alternative forms of funding for capital projects, there are a multitude of options that can make any arrangement a custom fit for the particular situation.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, P3.

Water Infrastructure – From Invisible to Invaluable

Concerns regarding the vital and strategic importance of safe drinking water within the United States – both locally and across the country – were underscored at a May 14th panel discussion on “The Value of Water.” Held at the national “Newseum” in Washington, D.C., this program also related the significant role water has with our economy as well as being a critical national security issue.

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Topics: Water Infrastructure/Treatment, WDBC Admin.