Category Archives: Black & Veatch

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.

What Stimulates Innovation in Design-Build Projects?

Innovation, what is it? Change, alteration, ingenuity, inventiveness. These are all words that describe the process and results of being innovative. What stimulates innovation? Innovation is the result of the necessity to develop a solution based on a need, want or problem that must be resolved.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Enerfab, Water Design-Build Project.

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.

Project Spotlight: Charnock Well Field Restoration Project (CA)

Charnock Well Field Restoration Project

Serving a population of nearly 90,000, the Santa Monica Water Treatment Plant and the city’s Charnock Well Field stand as examples of the issue faced by many utilities throughout the United States—limited fresh water supplies, mixed and/or emerging contaminants, and tighter regulations. After more than a decade with the Charnock Well Field closed due to contamination from MTBE (a gasoline additive), the City reached a settlement agreement with the three major oil companies, whose leaking underground storage tanks caused the contamination. The settlements would fund a restoration project on the facilities. On the heels of the lengthy settlement process, Santa Monica faced an urgent need to move toward water self-sufficiency.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Progressive Design-Build.

Project Spotlight: Longmont, Colorado, Water Treatment Plant

Located within Boulder County, the city of Longmont had been operating three water-treatment facilities: the Wade-Gaddis plant and two much older facilities known as the West plants. The city needed to replace the two aging plants due to more stringent regulator standards for drinking water and the increased demands of a growing population and economy. 

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Guaranteed Maximum Price.

Municipalities Have Many Options in a Public-Private Partnership

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are a bit like snowflakes – no two are alike. In fact, for municipalities looking at alternative forms of funding for capital projects, there are a multitude of options that can make any arrangement a custom fit for the particular situation.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, P3.

Project Spotlight: Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

When regulatory limits for E.coli were placed on the wastewater treatment plant for a Midwestern manufacturing company, the company turned to Water Design-Build Council member Black & Veatch, which maintains a long history of assisting with the client’s wastewater treatment needs. While working on a solution to the regulatory issues, Black & Veatch identified the potential for a fast-track, design-build delivery of an alternate process to help meet the tight permit compliance schedule and significantly improve wastewater effluent quality.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Design-Build, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment.

Aging Water Infrastructure: From Out of Sight to Top of Mind

Once buried issues, potentially crippling effects of aging water infrastructure have started to come to the surface. Every year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates about a quarter-million water main breaks occur across the United States, threatening safe water supplies, causing street and property flooding and creating sinkholes. What’s more, about 75,000 sanitary sewer overflows annually contaminate recreational waters, leading to thousands of illnesses, according to the EPA.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Water Infrastructure/Treatment.

Project Spotlight: Charnock Well Field Restoration

The Santa Monica Water Treatment Plant is approximately two miles from the Santa Monica city limits, and is owned by the City. The plant serves a population of 89,736. Through a progressive design-build procurement process, Water Design-Build Council member Black & Veatch was selected as the contractor for a project to provide engineering, design, procurement, construction, and commissioning services for both the Charnock Treatment Unit and the Santa Monica Water Treatment Plant.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Progressive Design-Build.