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Parsons Awarded San Antonio Water System Brackish Water Desalination Program

Water Design-Build Council member firm Parsons recently announced that it, along with a joint venture (JV) partner, has been selected by the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) to serve as the construction manager at-risk (CMAR) for its critical brackish groundwater desalination program. This $86 million CMAR contract includes preconstruction phase collaboration with the SAWS program management and design teams, construction of all program components, and six months of treatment plant operations.

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Topics: Parsons.

Report from the Water Infrastructure Summit

This past week, presentations sponsored by numerous national organizations at the Water Infrastructure Summit (Reinvest/Rebuild/Revive) focused on the role that the water infrastructure industry has in the jobs market. In fact, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), catalyst for this forum, has established a “Waterforjobs” website (www.waterforjobs.org) that advocates messages for creating jobs, innovation, and safeguarding public health. The business case presented is, “Federal investment in water and wastewater leverages enormous benefits nationally and for our local economies. Each public dollar invested in water infrastructure increases private long-term Gross Domestic Product output by $6.35. It is estimated that a $1 billion invested in water and wastewater infrastructure can create over 26,000 jobs.”

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Topics: Water Infrastructure/Treatment, WDBC Admin.

Is Your Utility Making the Business Case?

By Dan Pitzler, member of CH2M HILL’s Asset Management team

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Topics: Uncategorized.

Progressive Design-Build Provides Long- and Short-Term Water Project Benefits

Water utilities have quickly realized the pressures of delivering quality product to consumers in a changing environment. The potable water needs of society have begun to stress the infrastructure that has served consumers sufficiently for many years. Water utility companies now face solutions that have become influenced by changing regulations, a growing population and greater technical challenges. Current Water/Wastewater Solutions Are More Challenging With those issues as a backdrop, the water/wastewater industry has found progressive design-build (PDB) a …

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Topics: Haskell, Progressive Design-Build.

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.