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How Can Education Address Impediments in Using Design-Build/CMAR Delivery for Water and Wastewater Projects?

Primarily due to efficiencies with schedules and the overall work process for both utility owners and municipalities during the past five years, the use of design-build and CMAR delivery for water and wastewater projects has increased. As the WDBC’s recent research report revealed, the use of collaborative delivery methods is continuing to gain significant momentum in the water sector because of the education process. The other good news is that WDBC’s research data shows that external impediments – such as legislative and regulatory requirements – are decreasing and progress continues within the states on that specific challenge.

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Topics: CMAR, Design-Build, Education, WDBC Admin.

Understanding the Differences in Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) and Fixed Price for Design-Build Delivery Projects

The intent of this article is to further an owner’s understanding of the commonly used pricing approaches for either design-build or CMAR delivery methods. For additional information on these topics, please review the appropriate sections in the Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook (5th edition. When discussing design-build projects, there are potentially two forms of final project pricing and compensation: guaranteed maximum price (GMP) or fixed price (FP). Owners and practitioners should be clear in their respective understanding of what each approach leads to in performance of services and responsibility for cost documentation.

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Topics: Design-Build, Fixed-Price Design-Build, Guaranteed Maximum Price.

Guaranteed Maximum Price Determination on Progressive Design-Build Projects

“OK, so what’s this going to cost?” That’s the multi-million-dollar question we all want to know when starting out on any progressive design-build venture. It’s followed closely by “When will we know?” With the proper team in place, cost certainty can be achieved early in the progressive design-build process.

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Topics: Guaranteed Maximum Price, Progressive Design-Build, Ulliman Schutte.

Can Collaborative Delivery Be Good for Allocating Risk?

For any business or organization (public or private) to be successful, risks must be proactively evaluated and addressed with mitigation plans. Risks, by their very nature, can sometimes produce undesirable consequences. This is especially true in construction where slim margins dictate risk identification and mitigation plans are used to protect those slim margins and enable businesses to be profitable. In public organizations, the public’s money needs to be responsibly spent and part of that responsibility is properly managing and allocating risks.

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Topics: PCL, Risk Allocation.

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.