Category Archives: HDR

When Changing Enabling Legislation – Keep It Flexible

Water Design-Build Council (WDBC) research confirms a significant increase in growth in the use of collaborative-delivery methods for water and wastewater projects in the U.S. For certain public owners, including some cities, counties, districts, agencies, special purpose entities, and states, where historically only design-bid-build (DBB) has been utilized for implementing capital works projects, enabling legislation modifications may be required so these public agencies can utilize collaborative-delivery methods such as fixed-price design-build (FPDB), progressive design-build (PDB), and construction management at-risk (CMAR). Enabling legislation modifications can be unique to each public owner and frequently come in the form of a charter amendment, ordinance change, or municipal code modification. Regardless of the required process, WDBC supports the best practice of engaging each public owner’s legal counsel and governing body to guide and implement modifications to enabling legislation.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, HDR.

Field Trips Aren’t Just for Kids

  San Jose Water Company (SJW) recently completed their first progressive design-build project and largest capital improvement project ever: a $50 million upgrade to the Montevina Water Treatment Plant in Los Gatos, California. The project was recently recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers San Francisco Section as the 2018 Environmental Engineering Project of the Year. During his acceptance speech at the awards banquet, Andrew Gere, President and Chief Operating Officer of SJW, said, “The success of the project was founded upon partnering developed by the owner and the design-builder.”

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Topics: HDR, Progressive Design-Build, Water Design-Build Project.

Who are the Champions for Design-Build and CMAR Projects – and What is Their Journey?

not only on the wider acceptance and use of collaborative project delivery methods for water and wastewater projects, but also that the driving growth in this market depends on a sustainable and concerted approach to education. It further reveals that successful design-build and construction management at-risk projects are structured to encourage improved government regulations, accessible funding, innovative solutions, and arguably the most valuable component — industry best practices. However, attaining real success necessitates deeper commitments from all stakeholders above the status quo of traditional delivery. These committed stakeholders – defined as project “champions” – are the various organization leaders who embrace collaborative methods and make it their mission to share and promote these practices with others and persevere to improve and drive industry best practices into every project.

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Topics: CMAR, Design-Build, HDR.

Common Questions (and Simple Answers) About Design-Build Delivery

What IS the difference between design-build and collaborative delivery? They are essentially the same. Design-build (DB) is the term most are familiar with — an integrated approach for new construction, additions, or renovations, where an engineer, architect (or designer), and the contractor collaborate under a unified contract to design and build the project. The use of the term collaborative delivery reinforces the collaborative relationships among the various parties as shown below.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, HDR.

Design-Build Delivery: Nitrogen Removal to Benefit the Chesapeake Bay

  The Hopewell Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility (HRWTF) is a 50-mgd secondary wastewater treatment plant, currently treating an annual average flow of approximately 27 mgd of combined wastewater from local industries and domestic sources.

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Topics: HDR, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment.

What Are the Benefits of Using Design-Build Delivery Methods for Water and Wastewater Industry Projects?

Erie Raw Water Intake Facility and Pump

It is well-documented through research data within the water industry, that design-build delivery methods for municipal water and wastewater projects are being used with increasing frequency across the United States. These predominant delivery methods include design/construction management-at-risk, fixed-price design-build and progressive design-build.

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Topics: Design-Build, HDR, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment, Water Infrastructure/Treatment.

Castle Rock (CO) Water Supply Augmentation Project

The Town of Castle Rock, Colorado, faced demand projections that exceeded their available water supply. The town identified properties for deep-aquifer well development and transmission to their newly constructed water treatment facility.

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Topics: HDR, Progressive Design-Build, WDBC Admin.

HDR Expert Authors New Book On Activated Sludge Technologies

One of the key pillars of the Water Design-Build Council’s mission is education, and over the past year, we’ve produced quite a few new educational documents designed to raise awareness of design-build and alternative project delivery methods in the water and wastewater sector. In addition to our own educational content, our members produce a variety of materials relating to best practices. This past November, Joe Cleary, a senior vice president and section manager of engineering design services with WDBC member HDR Inc., co-authored a newly released book: “Activated Sludge Technologies for Treating Industrial Wastewaters – Design and Troubleshooting.” The book is for students, plant operators and engineers seeking knowledge and case studies on recent developments in activated sludge biological treatment.

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Topics: HDR, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment.

Project Spotlight: Design-Build for Effluent Reclamation

The members of the Water Design-Build Council are at the forefront of the design-build industry and their project reprepesent some of the most forward-thinking and innovative efforts in the water and wastewater sector. As part of our efforts to share information on design-build best practices, we’re sharing select case studies of member design-build projects with you in our “Project Spotlight” series. This week, learn how HDR Constructors used a design-build project delivery model to upgrade a sanitary effluent reclamation facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Topics: HDR, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment.