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Stephen R. Gates, PE, BCEE, Elected 2018 President of Water Design-Build Council Board of Directors

The Water Design-Build Council (WDBC) announced that Stephen R. Gates, PE, BCEE, Brown and Caldwell Senior Vice President, has been elected as its 2018 President of the Board, receiving the gavel from 2017 President John Doller in Dallas, TX. Transitioning from the role of the First Vice President/Treasurer, Gates chaired the Budget/Finance and Research Committees, and is in a leadership role on the Technical Practices Committee. He is responsible for development of Brown and Caldwell’s collaborative project delivery business, focusing on design-build, CMAR, and remediation services related to the environmental, water, wastewater, and energy markets provided to municipal, federal, and private organizations throughout North America.

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Topics: Uncategorized, WDBC Admin.

WDBC Announces 2018 Officers

At its annual meeting in Dallas, TX, on December 7, 2017, the WDBC Board of Directors elected its officers for 2018.

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Topics: WDBC Admin.

Early Supplier Involvement During The Development of the Response to a Design-Build RFP

In April 2016, the design-build team of Foley Company and Black & Veatch was awarded the Blue River WWTP Odor Control Phase 1 design-build contract for Kansas City, MO, Water Services Department. The proposal submitted contained two parts: 1) technical proposal and 2) lump sum fixed price with a 20-year life cycle cost analysis. The criteria for selecting the design-build team was a point system developed to evaluate the team’s technical background, experience, project approach, lump sum fixed-price construction and engineering work, and the life cycle operation and maintenance cost analysis.

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Topics: Design-Build, Enerfab, RFP.

Landmark Research Study Documents a Dramatic Increase in the Future Use of Design-Build Delivery for Water Infrastructure Projects – and Why It Is Preferred by Owners

The future for the use of design-build delivery methods for the water and wastewater infrastructure is a positive one – and one that will continue to grow through the years – likely at a minimum of 10%. The core factors driving the increased use of design-build are cost, risk, and schedule, resulting in increasing numbers and volume of design-build water and wastewater projects in utilities’ capital programs.

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Topics: Brown and Caldwell, Design-Build, Research.

Key Attributes of a Public-Private Partnership

Embracing collaboration, a key initiative promoted by the Water Design-Build Council, is much more than just a concept. Through the WDBC’s 12 years of existence, we have experienced a dramatic shift in delivery models. Whereas design-build and CMAR were considered “alternatives” just a few years ago, they are now the “go to” delivery tools for owners across the country. The reason? The benefits of true collaboration are showing how success can be achieved.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Collaborative Delivery, P3.

What are the Differences Between Collaborative and Design-Bid-Build Delivery?

The water design-build industry defines collaborative-delivery methods as approaches to procuring and delivering a capital project that involve close collaboration among the owner, the designer, and the contractor—from design through completion. These include construction management at-risk(CMAR), both fixed-price and progressive design-build, design-build-operate (DBO), and public-private partnerships (P3).

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

The Benefit of Innovation in Collaborative Project Delivery

Fostering Innovation Within Water Utilities As North American water utilities strive to deliver on-demand, high-quality, affordable water and sanitation services to the hundreds of millions of customers who depend on them, the need for approaching challenges in a different way is imperative. Through a global survey of 78 utilities in partnership with the Water Research Foundation (WRF), Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF), and Arcadis, we discovered that 91% of respondents (400 participants) believe that innovation is critical to the future success of their utility. While 62% considered their utility “innovative,” less than 40% report having the key attributes of an innovative organization. The report, Empowering Water Utility Innovation, highlights the WRF/WE&RF research and innovation framework, which empowers utilities to build and foster environments of creativity, experimentation, and incubation to discover new approaches for serving customers, managing assets, financing investments, and realizing superior utility performance with the added dividend of enhancing sustainability.

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Topics: Arcadis, Collaborative Delivery.

Does an Owner’s Advisor Ever Assume the Role of a Construction Manager on a Design-Build Project?

It’s important to first define what we mean by “construction management (CM).” In the water industry, the term CM has become synonymous with what are truly construction administration (CA) services, where the owner employs the OA to be the quality assurance agent for the project. Construction management is the responsibility and the job of the design-build (DB) team. In essence, the DB team retains the responsibility for managing the construction phase of the project and has responsibility for the overall quality control (QC) of that work. An owner’s advisor (OA) working as a representative of the owner as a CA has the responsibility for quality assurance (QA). This includes traditional activities such as payment administration, critical contract submittal and shop drawing reviews for compliance to the contract documents, interpretation of the contract documents, inspection of the work, etc.

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Topics: Carollo, Design-Build, Owner's Advisor.

What are the Benefits of Collaborative Delivery for Capital Program Projects?

Most water and wastewater utilities around the U.S. develop and maintain long-term (typically five-year) Capital Improvement Programs (CIPs) to provide for needed system expansion or infrastructure renewal, repair, and replacement. The declining condition of America’s infrastructure is highlighted each year by numerous professional organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The 2017 ASCE Infrastructure Report Card gave drinking water utilities a grade of D, and wastewater utilities a grade of D+. Rehabilitating these valuable assets, when combined with regulatory compliance needed to upgrade water and wastewater facilities to support new customer growth, can result in the requirement of large capital resources for utility systems.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery.

Harnessing the Power of Collaboration on Progressive Design-Build Projects

Due to the complex nature of water projects, it is important to develop a project framework that allows flexibility and close collaboration between the owner and the project team. Progressive design-build lends itself particularly well to collaboration. In particular, using early design workshops that involve the design-build team, the owner, plant operators, and other stakeholders is a best practice that can pay dividends to the overall project.

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Topics: AECOM, Collaborative Delivery, Progressive Design-Build.