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New Research: Design-Build Saves Time and Money, Improves Project Quality

According to the results of the newly released 2012 Municipal Owners Customer Satisfaction Survey of Water Design-Build Projects, the vast majority of municipalities across the United States are satisfied with their use of design-build (DB) and construction management at-risk (CMAR) project delivery methods; and, nearly all plan to use these methods again for future water and wastewater projects. The Survey was commissioned by the Water Design-Build Council.

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Topics: Design-Build, WDBC Admin.

New Study Demonstrates A Positive Future For Asset Management Adoption In The Water Sector

By Harvey M. Bernstein, Vice President, Industry Insights and Alliances, McGraw-Hill Construction and Donna Laquidara-Carr, Manager, Industry Insights and Research Communications, McGraw-Hill Construction

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Topics: Uncategorized.

More Collaboration, More Communication

Keeping a safe distance from neighbors is a thing of the past. When I first started in the water industry, I remember the general manager of the utility I worked for saying how one of his goals was for our utility to “stay out of the newspapers.” I also recount how terribly difficult it seemed for our utility to work with some of our neighboring utilities and authorities. Yes, there were agreements and obligations, but it was never easy. I suspect that 30 years ago this was fairly common among utility leaders. Provide reliable, steady service, keep rate increases to a minimum, stay within your own domain. Times certainly have changed, and the industry is at a point where we can no longer expect a business-as-usual approach.The issues facing the water industry are complex and gaining much attention, not just from industry leaders and local officials, but also from the media and general public.

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Topics: Black & Veatch.

Progressive Design-Build Allows JEA to Realize Best Solution

Although JEA had developed a preliminary design as part of the original request for proposal, they saw value in allowing the design-builder to offer alternatives that would: Reduce impact on the environment and surrounding community Reduce costs Improve schedule

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Topics: Design-Build, Haskell, Progressive Design-Build.

Asset Management: Critical Challenges are Driving Adoption in the Water Industry

For those of you not familiar with asset management (or maybe think it refers to allocating investments among stocks, bonds and cash  ), here’s the sort of “nerdy” definition we practitioners use: Asset Management is an integrated set of processes to minimize the lifecycle costs of owning, operating, and maintaining assets, at an acceptable level of risk, while continuously delivering established levels of service.

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Topics: Jacobs, Risk Allocation.

We’re Building the World’s Largest…

By Jan Dell, CH2M HILL Vice President

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Topics: Uncategorized.

Give a Bit and Get a Bit – The Benefits of Volunteering In and Promoting the Water Industry

By Kate Simmonds, CH2M HILL Australia/New Zealand Region Sustainability Coordinator and Project Manager

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Topics: Uncategorized.

Focus On Energy Management Earns Accolades for Spokane County Regional Water Reclamation Facility

By Rick Smith, CH2M HILL Program Manager

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Topics: Uncategorized.

Message From Pat Gallagher

In January, The Water Design-Build Council (WDBC) members officially welcomed Pat Gallagher as the organization’s president for 2013. Gallagher, a vice president at CDM Smith, is an attorney and environmental engineer with 35 years experience in the legal, institutional and financial aspects of water, wastewater, biosolids and hazardous waste projects and services.

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Topics: CDM Smith.

Have You Seen the Updated USEPA Guidelines for Water Reuse?

By Larry Schimmoller, CH2M HILL Global Technology Leader for Water Reuse

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Topics: Uncategorized.