Educational Documents

The following materials are available for downloading and use at no cost. If you are looking for additional information please contact us at 410-798-0842 or email info@waterdesignbuild.org. While WDBC Education materials are copyrighted, they are provided at no cost as long as they achieve the intended purpose. At the same time, all information and documents contained herein or available on our site are not to be construed as a substitute for legal advice provided by your corporate counsel. They are not guaranteed to be correct, complete or up-to-date, and the WDBC accepts no liability for their use. They are not a substitute for advice from your own knowledgeable counsel and experts.” 

Now Available: 3rd Edition of the Municipal Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook

The newly-released 3rd Edition of the WDBC Municipal Water Design-Build Handbook now includes a section on design-build-operate. This new Handbook provides readers with best practices and important factors to consider in implementing water and wastewater infrastructure projects using the various delivery methods of Design-Build (DB), Construction Management at-Risk (CMAR) and Design-Build-Operate (DBO). More importantly, the 3rd edition of the Handbook focuses on new and clearer terminology for use in the water industry. Download the Handbook now to learn more about:

  • Understanding the Basics of Design-Build and CMAR for water infrastructure projects
  • The spectrum of project delivery methods and key factors to use in the decision-making process
  • Planning for a Design-Build or CMAR project and determining the best method for a particular water infrastructure project
  • The major steps in the procurement process for Design-Build and CMAR projects
  • Risk allocation in Design-Build and CMAR projects and understanding the basic risk allocation principles
  • Management and oversight of Design-Build and CMAR contracts
  • The final steps of a project, including startup and commissioning, project acceptance and transitioning to owner operations
  • The key components to implementing a Design-Build- Operate project
  • An appendix highlighting award winning Design-Build, CMAR and DBO water infrastructure projects
  • 2014 Utility Management Conference Workshop – Integrating Life-Cycle Costs and Asset Management for Design-Build Projects

Click here to download the Handbook now!

Procurement Guide for Progressive Design-Build Projects

These documents are produced by the WDBC Technical Practices Committee with the intended purpose of assisting owners in identifying the most appropriate procurement process for a particular PDB project and in preparing RFQs and RFPs that will promote each owner’s interests and objectives.The progressive design-build method of delivering infrastructure projects combines the owner’s direct control over project concept and detailed design with the design-builder’s innovation – and creates a single point of accountability.

WDBC Recommended Best Practices Guidelines

Customer Research Surveys

According to the results of the Water Design Build Council’s newly released 2012 Municipal Owners Customer Satisfaction Survey of Water Design-Build Projectsthe 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.

Based on the results of the Water Design-Build Councils 2013 Survey of Municipal Officials, numerous impediments exist to using design-build delivery methods

Presentations

The following presentations have been converted to PDF format for your use.

 Project Case Studies Using Design-Build

 American Water Works Association (AWWA) Resources

  • Design–Build for Water and Wastewater Projects, book by Holly Shorney-Darby, PhD, Editor Written for water and wastewater utility management, engineers, planners, city officials, utility policymakers, regulators, and design-build contractors, the book provides a basic template of how to plan, procure, and execute a design-build project.