Key Attributes of a Public-Private Partnership

Embracing collaboration, a key initiative promoted by the Water Design-Build Council, is much more than just a concept. Through the WDBC’s 12 years of existence, we have experienced a dramatic shift in delivery models. Whereas design-build and CMAR were considered “alternatives” just a few years ago, they are now the “go to” delivery tools for owners across the country. The reason? The benefits of true collaboration are showing how success can be achieved.

Collaboration is now a foundational structure for water and wastewater projects that demand more than just a low bid for success. Moreover, collaboration creates the platform in which true partnerships that are essential to a project’s success are formed. If we as industry leaders are to successfully rebuild America’s aging infrastructure, the embodiment of collaboration is essential.

This point is truly emphasized in Black & Veatch’s 2017 Strategic Directions: Water Industry Report, where the importance of partnerships is emphasized by Bruce Allender and Francesca McCann regarding the implementation of a P3 project. Allender and McCann describe how collaborative partnerships bridge the gap for P3s by only funding the delivery models that create tremendous benefits for owners. Examples of those benefits include economic development, rate predictability and stability, robust asset management, and optimized risk allocation. Download the report to learn the amazing attributes that are derived from true business partnerships and collaboration for not only a specific project, but for an entire community.

Francesca McCann, based at Black & Veatch’s Washington, D.C. office, is a leader in the U.S. water industry with expertise in investments, public-private partnerships, and project development. with Black & Veatch.

Bruce Allender is Chief Operating Officer of infraManagement Group LLC (iMG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Black & Veatch, based in Kansas City, MO. With over 25 years of experience, he has been part of teams that have proposed and implemented public-private partnership schemes in North America, Australia, and Asia Pacific for the water and wastewater municipal and industrial marketplace.

About David Kinchen, Associate VP and Director, Black & Veatch

Based in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Kinchen currently serves as Regional Director for Black & Veatch Water, managing collaborative delivery projects (DB, CMAR, P3) in Black & Veatch’s North American water market. As part of his responsibilities, Mr. Kinchen is responsible for project development, strategic team relationships, strategy development, oversight of design concept development and pricing strategy, and design-build execution oversight. He has served as project executive, project manager and pre-construction director on multiple design-build assignments for municipal, industrial, and federal construction projects, and has 30+ years of experience. His project assignments have included DBB, CMAR, PDB, FPDB, and various P3 projects. He has worked for multiple top tier design and construction companies including Skanska, Balfour Beatty, Atkins, and Rust Engineering. David Kinchen is a past president of the WDBC and currently sits on the board of directors. He holds a BS from Auburn University, and studied at the Oxford University, London School of Business, and Advanced Studies in Business, RETP Civil Engineering, Georgia Tech.
Topics: Black & Veatch, Collaborative Delivery, P3.

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