Category Archives: WDBC Admin

What Are the Financial Trends of Municipalities in Funding Water and Sewer Projects?

A featured topic of discussion at the recent August ACEC Environment & Energy Committee meeting was Identifying Financial Trends from federal, state, and private/public partnership (P3) sources. Committee members sought to gain insight and perspective from other groups and organizations also in attendance (Council of Mayors, WDBC, engineering and financial firms).

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Topics: Education, P3, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment, Water Infrastructure/Treatment, WDBC Admin.

Design-Build Delivery: Not Just for ‘Big’ Water Projects

Quite often, many of the examples of publicized projects about design-build delivery are larger projects – which is not always an accurate representation of what is going on in the industry. For instance, a few months ago, I was partaking in my normal perusing of Google alerts for online items relating to projects in the water sector, when I spotted an intriguing newspaper headline from a small Ohio village.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, Design-Build, Education, WDBC Admin.

Key Steps to a Successful Transition to Owner Operations

Both the owner and the selected collaborative-delivery firm share responsibility for ensuring a smooth transition from construction to operation. This process actually begins during the planning stage, when the owner drafts the implementation plan. The transition process is later addressed in the owner’s procurement documents, contract, and final project implementation plan.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, Design-Build, Owners, WDBC Admin.

We Can’t Afford to Be Reactive About Water and Wastewater Issues

Why does it take a crisis or public outrage to motivate policy officials to take action on water and wastewater issues? In 2016, the water quality and compliance issues impacting the public’s health and environment – with the crisis in Flint, Michigan, serving as a prime example – should not be happening.

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

A Decade of Progress in Water Design-Build Delivery

As 2015 came to close, the city of Houston, Texas, awarded a $900 million progressive design-build project to a joint venture of Water Design-Build Council member firms CDM Smith and Jacobs for the design and construction of a 320-mgd water purification project. The project would expand the Northeast plant from 80 mgd capacity in order to meet the demands for water by residents and businesses. Immediately signing the contract, the project teams began work in early 2016.

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Topics: CMAR, Collaborative Delivery, Design-Build, WDBC Admin.

WDBC Questions Foreign Time and Cost Performance of Design-Build Projects Study

Quite a buzz in the water design-build industry erupted last week from an ENR opinion page report published on January 26 regarding findings from a team of university researchers in China and Australia. Their report, entitled Time and Cost Performance of Design-Build Projects, stated that over half of design-build projects analyzed ran over budget.

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Topics: CMAR, Collaborative Delivery, Design-Build, WDBC Admin.

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.

How Do I Prepare My Organization To Use Design-Build Delivery?

This topic – perhaps the most crucial to any utility or agency desiring to pursue a design-build delivery for their project – is also one that is becoming more in demand. Capturing comments from one of Water Design-Build Council’s recent discussions with a major utility, are passed on as “lessons learned” for others to consider.

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Topics: Design-Build, Education, WDBC Admin.

The Most Valuable Assets of Design-Build Projects

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.

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Topics: Design-Build, Education, WDBC Admin.

What’s the Value of Water?

Our esteemed colleagues at the Value of Water Coalition just unveiled a new educational campaign and toolkit: What’s the Value of Water? The campaign hopes to bring recognition to water, one of the world’s most precious, yet often taken for granted, resources. We at Water Design-Build Council also support these efforts to raise awareness of the importance of this valuable resource, by continuing to push for legislation and/or funding to replace and improve the infrastructure. Yet, still, water and its infrastructure are critically undervalued. Help the Value of Water Coalition accomplish this mission by sharing their new What’s the Value of Water? toolkit, available for free to any organization that strives to raise awareness about the importance of investing in water, the water infrastructure, and its water resources.

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Topics: Education, Value of Water Coalition, Water Infrastructure/Treatment, WDBC Admin.