Category Archives: WDBC Admin

Defining the Role of Design-Build Delivery for Utility of the Future

WDBC Vice President Leofwin Clark conveyed to NACWA attendees at the 45th annual conference the message as to the role that design-build delivery has for achieving their vision of the Utility of the Future. Design-Build is a foundational approach to this topic – collaborative delivery is fundamental to the goals of the Water Resources Utility of the Future vision and to Innovative Financing.

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Topics: Design-Build, WDBC Admin.

What Are the Top 3 Success Factors in Collaborative Project Delivery?

In my day-to-day interaction with owners and industry colleagues, one of the most common questions asked over the years about design-build delivery has been… “What are the key success factors for a design-build (DB) or construction management at-risk (CMAR) project?” Is it a schedule-focused approach, or is it driven by technical innovation?  What about project costs: Should capital cost considerations drive project decisions, or are operations and maintenance costs better indicators of success?

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, WDBC Admin.

Oppose Cuts to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program

This week, the House of Representatives will vote on a proposed fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that contains significant cuts to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program. The WDBC is urging its members in the water and wastewater industry to contact their representatives TODAY to urge them to oppose these cuts.  It is critical that we make our voices heard on this issue.

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Topics: CWSRF, WDBC Admin.

Design-Build-Operate: Recommended Best Practices

Design-build-operate (DBO) offers an important expansion of the design-build (DB) project-delivery method for the water and waste-water industry. DBO comprises all of the components of DB — including design, permitting, procurement, construction, and testing — and also includes operation and maintenance (O&M) of the completed facility. Thus, the delivery of the project and services provided to the owner do not end at final acceptance; services continue through a defined operational term.

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Topics: Best Practices, Design-Build, WDBC Admin.

Recommended Best Practices: Preparing for a Water Design-Build Project

These “Recommended Guidelines for Best Practices,” produced by the Water Design-Build Council, summarize the directions provided in the 3rd Edition of the Municipal Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook.

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Topics: Best Practices, Water Design-Build Project, WDBC Admin.

Repairing Our Nation’s Water Infrastructure: Dramatic Efforts Needed

The dramatic need for repairing and replacing the nation’s water infrastructure was spotlighted last week across the U.S. by numerous organizations. But, this is not the first time, nor will it be the last!

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Topics: Water Infrastructure/Treatment, WDBC Admin.

Balancing Risk Reduces Design-Build Project Cost & Scheduled Time

A major advantage for utility and agency owners who chooses a design-build procurement process is the flexibility to optimize overall project risk to reduce cost and schedule. In contrast with design-bid-build procurement, owners are limited by the contracting approach and regulations that separate responsibilities for design and construction, and do not value overall performance.

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Topics: Risk Allocation, WDBC Admin.

Covering the Risks in Design-Build: WDBC’s Response to ENR’s Editorial

In Engineering News-Record’s March 30 editorial on “Covering Risks in Design-Build Delivery,” a representative of the Association of General Contractors posted the question as to whether “design-build projects were introducing industry contractors to risks for which they are unprepared?” While AGC’s statements are directed to those in the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing industries – they can seriously misconstrue and/or misinterpret the successful achievements of allocating risks in water design-build projects contracts.

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Topics: Risk Allocation, WDBC Admin.

Lend Your Voice: Push for Legislation to Repair Our Water Systems

When was the last time you took the time to write a message to your local politician, addressing a topic near and dear to your heart? Now is the time for us, as caring residents of our communities to stand for the organizations that we support. Now is the time to tell our elected representatives in Congress and the Government that it is time to pass legislation that supports funding, building and maintaining the nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure.

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Topics: Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment, Water Infrastructure/Treatment, Water Week, WDBC Admin.

Answering Questions about CMAR and Design-Build Delivery

During a recent education and discussion session with a state regulatory agency the following questions pertaining to the differences in design-build and CMAR delivery were addressed. The responses on these topics are provided below. Currently, most State SRF and DWRF programs require completion and approval of design prior to construction as well as a competitive bidding process.

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Topics: CMAR, Design-Build, WDBC Admin.