Giving Collaborative-Delivery Advice to First-Time Water/Wastewater Owners

Owners considering collaborative delivery frequently reach out to experienced owners and practitioners to gain information about best practices. This sharing of knowledge contributes to an increased probability of success and helps get a project started on the right track. While questions and input are wide and varied, I always start with the basics of collaborative delivery and what is most important for a successful project based on my experience.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, PC Construction.

When A Collaborative-Delivery Firm Establishes a Price, It Is a Binding Number

A savvy design-builder once said you should avoid giving a price for a project with an undefined scope of work. The critical success factors that all design-builders consider are a well-defined scope of work, manageable schedule, fair allocation of risks, and strong collaborative relationship between the owners and the design-build team.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, Procurement.

Smart Utilities Designed and Delivered Smartly

If the process control system is the nerve center of a water or wastewater treatment plant, the electrical system is the heart. To keep a treatment plant’s core mission a priority, process control system and electrical services engineers and integrators must cooperate as system infrastructure is installed, upgraded, or replaced. This demand for a higher level of collaboration and integration is compelling utilities to select design-build project delivery.

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

Design-Build and “Best Value” – What Does It Really Mean?

The term “best value,” typically applied when procuring a fixed-price design-build project, is a process for owners to obtain services from design-build firms and contractors, where price is not the only criteria for selection.

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Topics: Crossland Heavy Contractors, Design-Build.

Collaboration is Growing the Water Design-Build Industry

As I sit at the airport in Minneapolis reflecting on the week’s events at the DBIA Water/Wastewater conference, I can’t help but think about how much fun we have as an industry. It is always a wonderful experience to spend time with business partners, competitors and owners, learning more about what makes our industry tick, and more importantly, learning more about what makes us as individuals tick.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Collaborative Delivery, Design-Build.

What 5 Steps Should You Never Neglect in a Design-Build Delivery Project?

Achieving a successful design-build project requires a collaborative environment that begins with the owner’s commitment to be the leader of internal preparations. Before initiating the procurement process or identifying the delivery method to be used, key decisions need to be made by the owner.

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Topics: Design-Build, Water Design-Build Project, WDBC Admin.

Reflecting on World Water Day: What’s Changed and What Needs to Change

Thirty-five years ago, I studied water treatment systems in college, and I’ve been captivated ever since. I feel fortunate to work in a field where I feel like I make a difference every single day.

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Topics: The Walsh Group, Uncategorized.

Why Use Local Businesses in Collaborative-Delivery Projects?

In working on water infrastructure projects in the collaborative-delivery industry, it is important to understand the value of involving local businesses. When a design-build firm begins a project in a new locality that may not be within their normal geographic area, there are not only differences to be encountered, but more importantly, there are fabulous opportunities.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, Design-Build, Enerfab.

5 Key Factors for a Successful Water Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership Procurement

A public-private partnership (P3) with project financing is formed when a public-sector entity, such as a municipal water utility or state department of transportation, enters into an agreement with a private-sector entity for the design, construction, finance, long-term operation and maintenance of a project. A P3 project allows for greater private-sector participation in the delivery, financing, and operations of public water infrastructure projects.

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Topics: CDM Smith, P3, Water Infrastructure/Treatment.

Closing the Design-Build Gap: A Focus on New York

New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, made headlines recently when he submitted a draft budget to expand the use of the design-build project delivery approach.  If the budget is approved later this year, New York state agencies would be able to move infrastructure projects forward using design-build.

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Topics: Arcadis, Design-Build.