In January, The Water Design-Build Council (WDBC) members officially welcomed Pat Gallagher as the organization’s president for 2013. Gallagher, a vice president at CDM Smith, is an attorney and environmental engineer with 35 years experience in the legal, institutional and financial aspects of water, wastewater, biosolids and hazardous waste projects and services.
Gallagher became involved with design-build and other forms of alternative project delivery in the early 1980s with the privately-financed Scottsdale, Arizona design-build-own-operate water treatment plant. Since then, he has participated in numerous high-profile water design-build projects in the United States and internationally. Gallagher previously served as WDBC’s vice president and secretary in 2012 and as an alternate board member from 2006 to 2012.
This will be another exciting year for the WDBC’s growing influence on the use of best practices in the water design-build industry, and I am both pleased and privileged to serve the organization in this important role.
I am very proud to be associated with this valuable organization that focuses on education and communication with municipal owners about the value of design-build project delivery and how to implement it.
In 2012, we initiated a number of exciting projects that are being rolled out early in 2013, including a new interactive website, three educational videos, a survey of municipal owners using design-build project delivery, and a Progressive Design-Build Procurement Guide and model RFQ and RFP documents for progressive design-build delivery.
As the water industry seeks more efficient project-delivery methods during this challenging economic cycle, the WDBC has been instrumental in helping clients move to alternative project delivery. As its president, I am committed to continuing the work of this organization to help communities achieve their water infrastructure-related goals and objectives. Design-build and construction management at-risk are proven, effective delivery methods that promote collaboration with owners to achieve project scope and quality objectives while lowering costs and accelerating schedules. The WDBC will continue to share this message with community leaders as they make important decisions about how best to meet their infrastructure needs.