WDBC membership categories are regular and advisor.
Regular membership in the Council consists of any private sector legal entity of whatever form, including affiliates and subsidiaries, who: (1) are frequently and regularly engaged in providing design-build and other forms of collaborative project delivery in the water industry as a prime contractor (including joint venture partner or member of a special purpose corporation) accepting performance guarantee risks; and (2) have in-depth, in-house comprehensive professional engineering capabilities or self-perform construction capabilities. Regular members must have appropriate licenses or authority to perform its work as recognized by the appropriate governmental body in which the organization conducts its business to design and build public or private (including investor-owned, rate- regulated utilities) water or wastewater systems or facilities in North America. Regular members directly engage in contracting for design-build and other forms of collaborative project delivery, as opposed to providing ancillary activities, such as serving as a consultant to owners on technical, institutional, legal, procurement, commercial, or other collaborative delivery project related issues.
Regular members must have a combined annual revenue of greater than $40 million for design-build and other collaborative project delivery methods in the water industry as a prime contractor (including joint venture partner or member of a special purpose corporation) accepting performance guarantee risks. Regular members shall have full voting rights and all other rights and privileges of Council membership.
Each member firm in the regular category designates an individual to represent the member firm in all respects and matters related to the Council, including, but not limited to: (a) a seat on the board of directors accorded full voting privileges or consenting to action through meetings, and (b) eligible to become nominated for an officer position after one year of participation. Regular member firms also designate an alternate to the board of directors to represent the member firm’s interest in the absence of the designated representative. The alternate participates in board meetings and committee activities; and in the absence of the designated representative, the alternate is accorded full voting privileges.
Advisor members are an affiliated “category” of firms working with, and providing services to, engineering and construction firms in the water design-build industry. Candidates for this group include legal, insurance and finance firms, equipment suppliers, consultants, contractors, vendors, trade associations, and academic institutions. WDBC created this membership category to provide opportunities for service providers engaged in the water industry to collaborate with other member firms and gain further recognition of their services in design-build and other forms of collaborative project delivery.
Each advisor member firm chooses a representative from their firm and an alternate (if desired) to participate in WDBC’s workgroups and committees; contribute to the ongoing industry research, surveys, and studies; and support and participate in the WDBC education program. Advisor members have one seat on the WDBC Board of Directors (selected by the regular members) and are represented on the WDBC Executive Committee by an advisor liaison (regular member) who interfaces with the advisor representative and advisor members to, among other things, help the advisor members effectively participate in the Council.