Track 6: Water/Wastewater Sectors: Design-Build Delivers Success

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Deficient to Efficient Sewers: A Design-Build Case Study for DeKalb County, GA2:30pm - 3:30pm

Deficient to Efficient Sewers: A Design-Build Case Study for DeKalb County, GA

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DeKalb County, Georgia, has been under a Federal Consent Decree (CD) since 2011 because of an under-performing sanitary sewer system. This presentation focuses on 39,000 linear feet of rehabilitation and capacity up-sizing projects implemented by the County as part of Design-Build Package 1 to reduce and eliminate sanitary sewer overflows in accordance with the CD schedule. Unique challenges and lessons learned associated with the design-build delivery approach will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Owner’s perspective on the importance of Design-Build education for all stakeholders prior to implementing a Design-Build solution.
  2. Attendees will see perspectives from the Design-Builder and Owner on ways to address different risks in an RFP/Design Criteria Package on a Fixed Price Design-Build Project.
  3. Owners and participants will learn about unique challenges associated with public outreach and coordination with multiple regulators and political jurisdictions while implementing a design-build approach for linear infrastructure projects.
  4. Engineer or Contractor-led Design-Build? – that is the Million Dollar question.

Managing [Water/Wastewater] Owner Procurement Expectations and Procurement/Project Risk for Design-Build Success 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Managing [Water/Wastewater] Owner Procurement Expectations and Procurement/Project Risk for Design-Build Success

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One of the most important ways Owners can manage achieving their expectations and risk associated with achieving success on a project is by selecting the design-builder that is best suited to perform the work. To determine this, Owners must design a procurement process that is focused on finding the right team for the project. This session will assist Owners with understanding the issues they should consider and decisions they need to make to create a procurement process that is most likely to lead to a successful project.

Learning Objectives:

1. Review best practices implementing techniques for the procurement and RFQ/RFP

2. Review key initial owner considerations

3. Understand the procurement obvious and the subtle for success

4. Understand key factors to consider when using an equitably balanced project risk assessment process in the procurement

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Effective Design-Build Partnership with Corps and Contractor produces fast-tracked advanced WWTP11:00am - 12:00pm

Effective Design-Build Partnership with Corps and Contractor produces fast-tracked advanced WWTP

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Fast-track design-build projects require close coordination and effective communication between the Owner and the builder. This presentation provides insights into Design-Build Done Right® on an advanced WWTP with a LEED Gold administration building to meet stringent Puget Sound water quality discharge requirements including short-term operations/Owner training. Presentation will focus on how the team effectively utilized collaborative delivery in a lump-sum model achieving timely consensus and mitigating risk issues to successfully complete the mission critical project.

Learning Objectives:

1. Owners will acquire the benefits of having a well-defined bridging document to assist them in obtaining competitive proposals from contractors.

2. DB contractors will discover how to use early operations input and early start design-build packages to facilitate fast tracking of construction and commissioning which will shorten the duration of the overall project.

3. Recognize that co-locating of design, construction, commissioning, operations transition/training, and owner staff on site will facilitate effective communication and timely decisions.

4. Collaboration is essential for teams in mitigating the effects of adverse events outside of their, facilitating permit compliance and achievement of their objectives.

Collaborative Delivery Done Right: Wichita’s Northwest Water Treatment Facility NWWTF12:00pm - 1:00pm

Collaborative Delivery Done Right: Wichita’s Northwest Water Treatment Facility NWWTF

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As the 2nd largest progressive design-build project in the water sector ($524M), Wichita's NWWTF has all of the ingredients to be one of the most interesting, and successful water projects in the country.  The panel discussion will include the City of Wichita's Project Manager, the Owner's Site Representative (OSR, Garver), and the design-build prime Wichita Water Partners (a joint venture team of Burns & McDonnell and Alberici).

Learning Objectives: 

1. How to apply DBIA best practices to highly complex projects

2. Plan and produce a successful funding approach for DB project

3. Reducing permitting risks through collaboration with AHJ (local, state and federal)

4. Understanding how to accomplish project objectives through the DB process

The Value of Early Supply Chain Engagement in Design-Build2:00pm - 3:00pm

The Value of Early Supply Chain Engagement in Design-Build

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FMI and DBIA's Water/Wastewater Committee joined forces to evaluate the current level of effective engagement of the “supply chain” in design-build project delivery, and to provide recommendations to improve engagement going forward. Hear first-hand the results of this important research and how the information can be used to further enhance design-build project delivery.

Learning Objectives:

1. Discover the current state of engagement by the supply chain in design-build.

2. Hear feedback on where industry believes the state of engagement should be.

3. Assess strategies to enhance supply chain engagement.

4. Discuss best practices and real life examples of effective supply chain engagement.

Use of Stipends in the Water/Wastewater Sectors3:15pm - 4:15pm

Use of Stipends in the Water/Wastewater Sectors

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The cost of preparing proposals for best value design-build competitions can constitute a considerable burden upon the proposers. The stipend helps cover a portion of the design-build proposal costs and can provide an effective financial incentive to increase competition. Hear from a panel of experts including an Owner, an integrated design-build firm, and a contractor on their views on stipends and the role they play in effective design-build.

Learning Objectives:

1. Hear an Owner's perspective on why stipend are used by some Owners and note by others.

2. Understand the purpose of a stipend and the impact it can have on competition.

3. Discuss various methods for determining the amount of stipends.

4. Evaluate ways stipends help serve the public's interest.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Using the Power of Design-Build to Deliver Diversity: Strategies to Achieve MWSBE/DBE Goals11:00am - 12:00pm

Using the Power of Design-Build to Deliver Diversity: Strategies to Achieve MWSBE/DBE Goals

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A booming construction market presents unique opportunities for MWSBE/DBE participation on design-build projects. Hear from Owners and owner advisors how they encourage and enable realistic and obtainable participation goals; and hear how design-builders can respond appropriately with cost and schedule in mind.

Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss effective outreach and marketing strategies to engage the right MWSBE/DBE firms on your next design-build project.

2. Evaluate ways that Progressive Design-Build can be used to structure subcontract work scopes to make them more attractive to the MWSBE/DBE market.

3. Understand how design-builders assess and select MWSBE/DBE partners.

4. Learn how Owners establish and/or calculate MWSBE/DBE goals, including ways to assess market capacity.

Value of the Team: Execution and Startup Lessons in a Progressive DB12:00pm - 1:00pm

Value of the Team: Execution and Startup Lessons in a Progressive DB

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This presentation will review several examples of progressive design-build water and wastewater projects where the early integration of the design-builder, Owner, key subcontractors and the Owner’s advisor resulted in significant benefits to project performance, specifically during execution and startup. DBIA best practices and methods developed across several successful projects will be reviewed. The examples and concepts provided here will support the idea that integrated delivery relies heavily on strong relationships, communication and collaboration by all.

Learning Objectives:

1. A clear understanding of team members roles, strengths, and key concerns is important to a successful progressive design-build project.

2. Building a strong and collaborative team with good communication is a key element in developing the innovative solutions needed at continuously operating facilities.

3. Collaboration and planning are especially important during project startup and commissioning, which are phases of work often under-emphasized during project development.

4. Collaboration tools, such as advanced facility modeling and augmented reality, help team members better communicate ideas and will become an increasingly valuable tool for integrated delivery.