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Top Construction Management at-Risk Insights from 2016

This week’s blog recap focuses on construction management at-risk. If you’re not familiar with this collaborative delivery method, or afraid that it might not work for your projects, take some time to explore these blogs, as well as others on the WDBC website, and see for yourself how this delivery method can be to your benefit.

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Topics: CMAR, WDBC Admin.

Top Collaborative Project Delivery Insights from 2016

Achieving a successful collaborative project for the water and wastewater infrastructure – for both owners and industry members, is the underlying value of the Water Design-Build Council. The collaboration component is accomplished when the various parties – the owners, design engineers, project managers, operations and maintenance and construction firms all work together as a unified team to build or upgrade the identified water or wastewater project. Are there risks involved? Of course, there are – and it is through the collaborative process between the owners and design-build firm that these risks are equitably allocated.  More importantly, are there resources available to help you as an owner or industry member to navigate the process? Indeed, there are.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, WDBC Admin.

Successful Collaborative Project Delivery in Atlanta

A Technological Overhaul Improves a Wastewater Treatment Plant’s Efficiency for Years to Come Industry experts say collaborative project delivery methods are enabling utilities to pivot more quickly throughout the design and construction process and adopt solutions specific to their needs. Case in point: Atlanta’s wastewater treatment plant, which needed to fix a chronic grit-removal problem. A design review discovered that the proposed approach could be problematic. During early collaboration with stakeholders, though, something critical happened: City officials realized the value of a more robust and reliable solution to meet their operational demands. Read on to learn more about how innovative design build is cooperative, progressive and effective.

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Topics: Brown and Caldwell, Collaborative Delivery, Design-Build, Water Design-Build Project.

Use Lego for Your Next DB, PDB or CMAR Project

The collaborative delivery acronym soup is daunting: CMAR, GCCM, CMGC, PDB, FPDB, DBO, DBOF, DBFOMR, P3, PPP…well, you get the picture – string a few letters together and there’s a delivery model to match! This extreme fragmentation and segmentation is often a critical challenge for owners in the current collaborative delivery world. So, how do you figure out what’s best for your next project?

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

Collaborative Delivery: Project Implementation Best Practices

Best practices for collaborative delivery project implementation are based upon relationships with a foundation of respect, openness and integration. Team members working to implement collaborative delivery projects should understand that success relies on the ability of each team member to work cooperatively and to trust one another. A collaborative approach focuses on defined project drivers, not individual accolades.

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Topics: Best Practices, Collaborative Delivery, PC Construction.

Collaborative Delivery: Contracts And Contracting Best Practices

This is the second in a series of three blogs about employing best practices in collaborative delivery methods such as design-build and construction management at-risk (CMAR). When faithfully applied, these best practices provide superior project results. Today’s blog will focus on contracts and contracting best practices.

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Topics: Best Practices, CMAR, Collaborative Delivery, Contracts, PC Construction.

What Is Construction Management-At-Risk (CMAR)?

If you’re an owner looking to engage in a more collaborative delivery process (than that of design-bid-build), but not confident that your organization is prepared to pursue a design-build procurement process, then the delivery method identified as construction management at-risk (CMAR) could be the right fit for your project.

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Topics: CMAR, Collaborative Delivery, Ulliman Schutte.

Procurement Best Practices for Collaborative-Delivery Projects

Collaborative-delivery methods such as design-build and construction management-at-risk can provide superior project results. This is especially true when owners apply design-build and construction management-at-risk procurement, contracting and execution best practices that provide opportunities for innovation without unnecessarily constraining creative cost, time and quality solutions. This blog will focus on procurement best practices.

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Topics: Best Practices, PC Construction, Procurement.

Interview: Insights for Industry Organizations Pursuing a Design-Build Project

An interview with Ryan Adler of Crossland Heavy Contractors. Is your firm organized and prepared internally to pursue the next design-build project advertised?

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Topics: Crossland Heavy Contractors, Design-Build, WDBC Admin.

Design-Build Project Delivery Gains Momentum as More Water Utilities Make the Switch

The federal government estimates that more than $384 billion in capital investment is needed by 2030 to maintain the nation’s drinking water infrastructure. Publicly owned wastewater utilities need about $270 billion during the same period.

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Topics: Brown and Caldwell, Design-Build, Water Design-Build Project, WDBC Admin.