Category Archives: WDBC Admin

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.

Report Finds States’ Use of Progressive Design-Build Has Doubled Since 2012

In 2012 the Water Design-Build Council produced a new Procurement Guide for Progressive Design-Build Projects for use by the water industry for infrastructure projects. The WDBC also released the findings of a separate research study reporting that legislative statutes in 13 key states (randomly selected throughout the United States) contained language representing impediments to furthering the use of progressive design-build as a delivery method for water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

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Topics: WDBC Admin.

Allocation of Risk and Liability in a Design-Build or CMAR Project

Risk and liability allocation in a design-build or CMAR contract generally follows the principle that risks should be allocated to the party in the best position to manage them. Whether it is the owner or the design-build or CMAR firm that prepares the contract, a risk allocation matrix can provide a useful starting point. A risk allocation matrix identifies potential risks across a project and then allocates or shares these risks between the owner and a firm. The objective is to reduce the owner’s risk-related costs by taking into account the following concepts.

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Topics: CMAR, Risk Allocation, WDBC Admin.

Progressive Design-Build Procurement Selection Process

Progressive design-build procurement enables an owner to select the design-builder on the basis of qualifications. It is recognized, however, that some owners may not want, or may not have the ability (due to applicable law), to base selection solely on qualifications. The WDBC model documents, therefore, include RFQ and RFP templates for best-value (incorporating both price and non-price factors), as well as qualifications-only selection.

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Topics: Progressive Design-Build, WDBC Admin.

Producing a CMAR Project Management Plan

Although many facts of managing a construction management at-risk project are similar to managing a design-build project, there are distinctive differences. Much like design-build projects, CMAR projects are also all about teamwork and reaping the benefits of constructor collaboration as early as possible in design development. In contrast, however, a CMAR project owner has separate contractual relationships with the CMAR firm and the designer.

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Topics: CMAR, WDBC Admin.

Guidelines for Conducting the Procurement Process

Successful design-build or construction management at-risk projects begin with a well-planned and thoughtfully executed procurement process. This process should be based on the owner’s objectives, expectations and priorities that are clearly defined. Together or independently, these variables can affect the timeline and complexity of the procurement process, in addition to costs.

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Topics: WDBC Admin.

8 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Project-Delivery Method

When it comes to water and wastewater infrastructure projects, more and more owners are reporting quality project results that are both on schedule and within budget. The common denominator? Collaborative project-delivery methods. But for decision makers, choosing the best project-delivery method can be challenging – every project is different. In order to select the best project-delivery method, here are the questions you need to consider:

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, WDBC Admin.

City of Annapolis Awards Design-Build Contract for Water Treatment

City leaders in Annapolis, Maryland broke ground recently on a $35 million water treatment plant project, the largest construction project in the city’s history. The design-build project will update the city’s aging water infrastructure with a new state-of-the-art facility.

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

Procuring a Design-Build or Construction Management At-Risk Project

The most successful design-build (DB) and construction management at-risk (CMAR) projects begin with a well planned procurement process that is based on the owners’s objectives, expectations and clearly-identified priorities. Individually or together, these attributes can affect the duration and complexity of the procurement process, as well as its cost. For a successful procurement process, an owner must have knowledge of state and local regulations and must provide a clear statement of the project’s requirements, as well as a draft contract that includes terms, selection criteria and schedule. Clearly conveying this information in a transparent process minimizes unnecessary expenditures of time and resources for both the owner and potential design-build or CMAR firms.

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Topics: WDBC Admin.

What Is A Construction Management at-Risk Project?

With the volume of investment required to maintain and replace our nation’s aging water infrastructure on the rise, Owners are searching for project delivery models that offer improved outcomes and increased delivery speed while also promoting cost efficiency. This has led to an increased focus on collaborative delivery models in which construction personnel are integrated into the design and construction process early, and the contractor is selected based on qualifications, cost, and other non-price factors.

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Topics: CMAR, WDBC Admin.