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P3 Water Summit – 2020 Virtual Conference
July 8, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
The ongoing pandemic has created unique challenges for all of us, and in this difficult time we support the decisions taken by public authorities to minimize travel and face-to-face group meetings to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our loved ones, neighbors, colleagues, and fellow citizens. So this year we will host the P3 Water Summit online to ensure a safe and accessible place for agencies across the country to participate.
We recognize at this time asset owners and operators everywhere are confronting budgetary and system challenges unlike any time before. This year’s agenda provides a timely response and evaluation of challenges and approaches that asset owners can take to effectively manage risk and capital in their major water, wastewater, stormwater, green infrastructure, and energy related developments. Through general sessions, panel discussions, and round tables, we examine issues agencies are facing this year, along with the financial, technical, and legal considerations owners must consider when evaluating the appropriate project delivery model.
You will find many of the agencies participating this year are facing similar capital improvement challenges, and others who have found viable solutions and will share what measures they’ve taken. Digital networking events and real time chat functions have been incorporated into our digital platform, and we encourage you to make the most of these features to connect.
Thursday, July 9, 2020, 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Virtual Session 3: Applying Design-Build Best Practices to Water Project Delivery
Mark Alpert, Executive Director, Water Design-Build Council
Leofwin Clark, Vice President, Brown and Caldwell
In the past decade, resulting economic conditions and technical changes in the water and wastewater sector, along with increased demands for public and industrial water and wastewater services, have opened new avenues to infrastructure projects using a public-private partnership (P3) model. Today’s P3s offer innovative approaches to financing and facility ownership. Progressive design-build and P3 projects include large-scale or complex storage, conveyance, and treatment facilities for water and wastewater, residuals, energy recovery, water reuse, and stormwater management that offer a variety of public benefits. As in other sectors (e.g., transportation and social infrastructure), water sector P3s are built on the strengths of design-build delivery methods while affording owners innovative approaches to risk management and lifecycle costs. These attributes, which are embedded in these delivery models, address the unique characteristics of water projects that require a high degree of collaboration throughout the planning, financing, management, and operations and maintenance stages. Subsequently, it goes without saying that because of the complex structure of P3 projects, including legal, commercial, financial, and technical components, owners or organizations pursuing a P3 project must embrace collaboration in order to achieve a successful conclusion. This session presents the most recent research conducted by the Water Design-Build Council on the growth of collaborative-delivery models – why owners are pursuing them – especially the preference for progressive design-build, and a look at a potential delivery method defined as progressive P3. WDBC’s research data identifies the growth trends and the market drivers behind them. It concludes with a hypothesis as to how the use of a progressive P3 model in the industry may receive favorable acceptance.