From the Water Design-Build Council’s 2015 research study of the lessons that executives and managers have learned from their design-build projects, the importance of communication, education and teamwork stood out from all others.
Within this theme, the participating utility/agency executives and project managers also believe that “peer-to-peer education” is a very valuable process to learn about design-build delivery methods. And, they are also willing to share information about their experiences with others.
From WDBC’s own research came…
The Top 10 Recommendations of Utility/Agency Executives for a Successful Water Design-Build Project
- Educate staff members about the delivery methods, and how to effectively manage design-build projects
- Choose staff members who are fully engaged and committed to being a team and achieving a successful project
- Clearly define the project goals and objectives before the procurement phase
- Network and consult with other owners who have used design-build delivery in water/wastewater and other infrastructure projects for lessons learned
- Determine the design-build delivery method that best suits the project’s ability to achieve the project drivers and characteristics
- Get help from an independent consultant with design-build experience, often referred to as an “Owners Advisor”
- Select a design-builder based on defined qualifications for the project
- Conduct planning meetings to evaluate project cost, schedule, and risks and devise ways to manage identified project challenges
- Consider pre-purchasing long-lead items to expedite project completion
- Educate staff about the design-build procurement process and recognize that it takes time to implement best practices