Industry Perspective: The Value In Early Input from Operators and Equipment Suppliers in a Design-Build Project

  For almost two decades now, I have been fortunate to work in various aspects of the water industry. Most of this time has been spent supplying equipment and solutions to a wide variety of users, from a paper mill in Maine, to a distillery in Scotland, and a drinking water plant in Chicago. Over the years, I’ve also observed that the role of an equipment supplier within a water project has evolved to a number of different forms. In its most basic role, the equipment supplier provided a tightly specified piece of equipment whose success ultimately was based on, “How much does it cost?”

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, Equipment/Technology Suppliers, Evoqua.

Oh, the Benefits of Collaborative Startup and Commissioning

The power of the collaborative characteristics in design-build delivery is never more evident than during the startup and commissioning phases of a project. Raise your hand if you can share a story about a startup that went wrong in a design-bid-build (DBB) contract — I bet most of you have your hands up!

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, Design-Build, OBG.

WDBC’s Board of Directors welcomes Michael C. Loulakis, President of Captial Project Strategies, LLC, as an “At-Large Director”

A nationally-recognized expert on project delivery systems and author of several books on the subject, Michael has worked on some of the country’s most complex public sector design-build projects in the transportation and water/wastewater sectors. Some of his notable engagements include DC Water’s Clean River and Biosolids programs, the City of Houston’s Northeast Water Purification Plant Expansion Project, and Metropolitan Wastewater District’s Northeast Treatment Plant.

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Topics: WDBC Admin.

How Do You Successfully Effectuate a Design-Build Project?

“How do you successfully effectuate a design-build project? Our city has done several design build construction projects which have resulted in delays, lawsuits, and other problems. Clearly, we are not doing something correctly!” Questions like this one show up in our inbox with increasing frequency. One reason for these situations may be when engineering and design firms, who are not part of the Water Design-Build Council, profess to performing design-build delivery, but do not follow “best practices.” The other is the owner’s knowledge levels about design-build delivery and its variables and the best practices to employ.

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Topics: Design-Build, WDBC Admin.

Generating Team Collaboration in Construction Management at-Risk

The single most important factor for ensuring the success of the collaboration process is the careful selection of the individuals involved. This is perhaps even more critical in construction management-at-risk project delivery than in other design-build delivery methods due to the nature of the contracting arrangements.

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Topics: CMAR, Collaborative Delivery, Ulliman Schutte.

A Collaborative-Delivery Method with Two Variations

One of the frequent questions occurring in the Water Design-Build Council’s education session is understanding how to apply the terms – prescriptive and performance – in a “fixed-price” design-build project. The “fixed-price” design-build delivery method enables owners to select a design-build firm for their water/wastewater infrastructure project that best fits the project budget, scope, and schedule requirements.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, Fixed-Price Design-Build, WDBC Admin.

Design-Build and Moore’s Law

If you’re using a computer to read this, you’ve probably heard of Moore’s Law. It’s the 1965 hypothesis by the co-founder of Intel, Gordon Moore, that computing power doubles every year or two. History has shown this projection to be largely accurate and the impact on our society has been profound. What does Moore’s Law have to do with design-build, which is, after all, all about bricks and mortar?

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Topics: Brown and Caldwell, Design-Build.

Consider Early Supplier Involvement (ESI) for Collaborative Project Delivery

When considering your design-build team, most professionals focus on two primary components for success: designer and constructor. Some of the strongest DB teams are formed when key supplier and specialty members are incorporated into the team at the beginning. This is clearly counter to the accepted practice of competing “commodities” once design is complete and before construction starts.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, Core and Main, Design-Build.

Top Project Spotlights from 2016

In this last of our series of blog recaps, we highlight three projects that are prime examples of how the design-build process works, and how these collaborative approaches helped bring these projects online faster than a traditional design-bid-build contract – within or significantly under budget – and with numerous obstacles overcome through proper risk management.

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Topics: Design-Build.

Top Design-Build Insights from 2016

The Water Design-Build Council’s namesake is at the center of this week’s blog recap. Design-build is a delivery method in which an owner enters into a single contract with a design-builder to design, permit, construct, test, and commission a project.

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Topics: Design-Build, WDBC Admin.