History & Mission

Since its origins in 2006, the Water Design-Build Council has dedicated its resources and expertise to pursuing research and education initiatives exclusively for the water sector of the design-build industry. With a specific emphasis in research,WDBC identifies and provides guidelines for best practices to industry owners and practitioners for the successful implementation of collaborative delivery methods for the water infrastructure.The library of educational resources produced by WDBC in the past decade, particularly its Handbook, evolve from its ongoing research  and owner engagement to define and address specific learning needs of industry practitioners. .

WDBC’s charter members — Brown & Caldwell, CH2M, CDM Smith, Carollo Engineers, Earth Tech, HDR, Metcalf & Eddy, MWH and Veolia Water — all shared the belief that this type of organization would be the most effective vehicle to achieve an effective education and advocacy position that supports the use of collaborative delivery methods for water projects. Prior to establishing the Council, these integrated and collaborative delivery approaches did not have a dedicated voice to effectively educate others about practices favorable to the water infrastructure.Today’s organization is even stronger with AECOM water, ARCADIS-US, Black & Veatch, Haskell, HDR, and Parsons as members.

As a not-for-profit organization, WDBC’s mission … to evolve best practices for successful implementation of water projects through collaborative delivery methods, is fulfilled by facilitating thought leadership with stakeholders through research, education and communication.