Category Archives: WDBC Admin

Water Infrastructure – From Invisible to Invaluable

Concerns regarding the vital and strategic importance of safe drinking water within the United States – both locally and across the country – were underscored at a May 14th panel discussion on “The Value of Water.” Held at the national “Newseum” in Washington, D.C., this program also related the significant role water has with our economy as well as being a critical national security issue.

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Topics: Water Infrastructure/Treatment, WDBC Admin.

U.S. Congress Poised to Take Action on WIFIA

The U.S. House and Senate are poised to act on water resources legislation that establishes a five-year Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) pilot program, much along the lines that organizations such as WDBC and AWWA have advocated (but with two serious limitations described below). The House will likely pass the bill on Tuesday, May 20, and the Senate will take action soon afterward.

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Topics: WDBC Admin.

Value of Water Coalition launches Water Works! Campaign

At a panel event on Wednesday, May 14, in Washington, D.C., the Value of Water Coalition announced new efforts to demonstrate the critical role water infrastructure plays in our national economy. The new effort – Water Works! – was kicked off with a panel discussion around the current condition of the nation’s water infrastructure and the growth and opportunity it drives.

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Topics: WDBC Admin.

Water Design-Build Council Announces New Leadership

On April 28, Norman (Norm) Gadzinski, a vice president with Parsons Environment & Infrastructure (PE&I), a primary business unit of Parsons Corporation, was appointed WDBC President following the resignation of Andrew Albrecht to pursue a career opportunity. WDBC’s bylaws require that officer and board positions must be filled by a representative of the company, which is the legal member. Subsequently, WDBC board members unanimously approved the recommendation of the Executive Committee on April 25 to appoint Gadzinski to fill out the remaining months of the term, and conveyed their sincere appreciation to Albrecht for his valuable work in WDBC over the years.

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Topics: WDBC Admin.

Developing Procurement Documents for Progressive DB Projects

Through a partnership with the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), the Water Design-Build Council is pleased to announce a new “Design-Build Done Right” webinar on Developing Procurement Documents for Progressive Design-Build Projects.

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Topics: Progressive Design-Build, WDBC Admin.

Where’s The Public Anger About Water?

Major headlines are appearing throughout the national media about Prince Georges County, Maryland, residents and businesses being without water for five days while the utility repairs a major water main. Newspapers and TV news anchors initially reported this issue as a “natural disaster” because of its impact on residents, health care facilities, and businesses. Some are questioning (and perhaps even opining) why this situation is occurring and why haven’t public officials taken actions before now to prevent it. But at the same time, a lot of people, businesses, and industries might actually live out just what it is like to be without water. Imagine turning on the spigot and nothing comes out!

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Topics: WDBC Admin.

Report from the Water Infrastructure Summit

This past week, presentations sponsored by numerous national organizations at the Water Infrastructure Summit (Reinvest/Rebuild/Revive) focused on the role that the water infrastructure industry has in the jobs market. In fact, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), catalyst for this forum, has established a “Waterforjobs” website (www.waterforjobs.org) that advocates messages for creating jobs, innovation, and safeguarding public health. The business case presented is, “Federal investment in water and wastewater leverages enormous benefits nationally and for our local economies. Each public dollar invested in water infrastructure increases private long-term Gross Domestic Product output by $6.35. It is estimated that a $1 billion invested in water and wastewater infrastructure can create over 26,000 jobs.”

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Topics: Water Infrastructure/Treatment, WDBC Admin.

New Research: Design-Build Saves Time and Money, Improves Project Quality

According to the results of the newly released 2012 Municipal Owners Customer Satisfaction Survey of Water Design-Build Projects, the vast majority of municipalities across the United States are satisfied with their use of design-build (DB) and construction management at-risk (CMAR) project delivery methods; and, nearly all plan to use these methods again for future water and wastewater projects. The Survey was commissioned by the Water Design-Build Council.

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Topics: Design-Build, WDBC Admin.

Colorado Rotary Water Symposium: Final Report

The Colorado Rotary Water Symposium was held on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at Denver Wastewater’s headquarters building, 2000 West 3rd Avenue,Denver. The agenda is below.

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Topics: Education, WDBC Admin.

From Tom McMonagle, 2012 Water Design-Build Council President

We are continually hearing in the various media reports that the priorities of most cities and agencies within North America are infrastructure improvements – with water and wastewater ranking as high. Our member companies are also reporting that greater use of design-build and CMAR project delivery methods are also occurring. And we also find that these are very valid reasons for the increase in the use of design-build and CMAR as preferred project delivery methods.

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Topics: Education, Research, WDBC Admin.