Author Archives: David Kinchen, Associate VP and Director, Black & Veatch

About David Kinchen, Associate VP and Director, Black & Veatch

Based in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Kinchen currently serves as Regional Director for Black & Veatch Water, managing collaborative delivery projects (DB, CMAR, P3) in Black & Veatch’s North American water market. As part of his responsibilities, Mr. Kinchen is responsible for project development, strategic team relationships, strategy development, oversight of design concept development and pricing strategy, and design-build execution oversight. He has served as project executive, project manager and pre-construction director on multiple design-build assignments for municipal, industrial, and federal construction projects, and has 30+ years of experience. His project assignments have included DBB, CMAR, PDB, FPDB, and various P3 projects. He has worked for multiple top tier design and construction companies including Skanska, Balfour Beatty, Atkins, and Rust Engineering. David Kinchen is a past president of the WDBC and currently sits on the board of directors. He holds a BS from Auburn University, and studied at the Oxford University, London School of Business, and Advanced Studies in Business, RETP Civil Engineering, Georgia Tech.

Flexibility is the Name of the Game in Collaborative Delivery

One of the many overlooked benefits of collaborative delivery is the flexibility offered through the various approaches. In particular, utility and government agencies with limited resources for water infrastructure projects are finding that collaborative approaches such as progressive design-build delivery give them more flexibility to optimize not only the price, but also the overall result and experience for the owner agency and its ratepayers. 

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery.

Key Attributes of a Public-Private Partnership

Embracing collaboration, a key initiative promoted by the Water Design-Build Council, is much more than just a concept. Through the WDBC’s 12 years of existence, we have experienced a dramatic shift in delivery models. Whereas design-build and CMAR were considered “alternatives” just a few years ago, they are now the “go to” delivery tools for owners across the country. The reason? The benefits of true collaboration are showing how success can be achieved.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Collaborative Delivery, P3.

Collaboration is Growing the Water Design-Build Industry

As I sit at the airport in Minneapolis reflecting on the week’s events at the DBIA Water/Wastewater conference, I can’t help but think about how much fun we have as an industry. It is always a wonderful experience to spend time with business partners, competitors and owners, learning more about what makes our industry tick, and more importantly, learning more about what makes us as individuals tick.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Collaborative Delivery, Design-Build.

The Common Language between Utilities of the Future and Design-Build Delivery

This piece was originally published here on April 1, 2016. The National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Research Foundation, and the Water Environment Federation collectively hatched “the utility of the future” (UOTF) concept in 2013 in “The Water Resources Utility of the Future: A Blueprint for Action.” In this and ensuing documents, these organizations not only explain why transformative change is necessary but also provide guidance on how utilities can make the essential transformation.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, Progressive Design-Build.

Message from the 2015 President: A Year Of Industry Accomplishments Capstones A Decade Of Progress

 As the final weeks of being President of the Water Design Build Council conclude in 2015, I stand amazed by what we have accomplished within the very spirit of collaboration that is design build.  Over the past year, the Water Design-Build Council has held true to its mission:

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Topics: WDBC Admin.

A Positive Future for Design-Build Delivery: A Black & Veatch Report

The outlook for progress in the water infrastructure industry looks very bright; and Black & Veatch’s 2015 Strategic Directions Report further confirms that collaborative delivery models such as design-build and construction management-at-risk are at the forefront of making it become a reality.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Water Infrastructure/Treatment.

When Does Protecting the Owner’s Best Interest Jeopardize the Project?

As I reflect on this year’s DBIA conference, I was encouraged by the dialogue between owners and practitioners during the General Session “Finding Common Ground Through Best Practices.” The open and candid discussion centered heavily on the key role owner’s advisors (OA) and owner’s engineers (OE) play during the life cycle of the project, from procurement planning through delivery and startup.

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Topics: Design-Build, Risk Allocation.