Testimonials

”The true test of a successful project is not only delivering to a specification, but understanding the needs of the customer and exceeding their expectations. Your team truly understood our needs and exceeded our expectations.”

Robert Farley, City Administrator
Live Oak


“Design-build is suitable for any project where there is an opportunity for the constructor to get involved in the design process to reduce cost or schedule.”

Marcus Jensen, P.E., Director of Engineering
Southern Nevada Water Association (SNWA)


“Design-build limits the unknown of having builders come in and low bid resulting in construction and operations problems. Design-build is not the cheapest, but you do not want a builder in there who does not know what they are doing resulting in problems later on.”

Drew Goins, Assistant Director Water Production
Augusta, Georgia


“Design-build removes the traditionally adversarial relationship between engineers and builders.”

Ivan Velez, P.E., Professional Engineer
Lee County Utilities
Fort Myers, Florida


“One of the biggest pros of design-build is that it allows for innovations – it is not a one-size-fits-all process.”

Scott Haskins, Former Deputy Director
Seattle Public Utilities
Washington


“In design-build, you can apply value engineering. As you go through design, whether it’s input from the designer, the builder, or the owner, if you see things that can potentially save costs, you have the opportunity to make those changes.”

Larry Wyeno, Senior Civil Engineer
Longmont, Colorado


“If you are thinking of doing a design-build, we would recommend talking to other communities similar to yours that have done it to learn what works and what does not work.”

Erin Anderson, Attorney
Cle Elum Wastewater Facility
Cle Elum, Washington


“When an agency is entering into a design-build project, they must have one strong person within their organization to control the process. This person must be a believer in design-build and have accountability and ability to act.”

Tom Moreno
San Antonio, Texas


“I would advise other municipalities that are thinking about design-build to focus on qualifications-based selections.”

Rich Bartels, Principal Project Manager
Colorado Springs, Colorado


“Design-build allows for quality selections of sub-contractors and equipment.”

Drew Goins, Assistant Director Water Production
Augusta, Georgia


“The most beneficial attribute of design-build is the ability to pick a builder that is qualified and to have some input into the construction phase of the project.”

Ivan Velez, P.E., Deputy Professional Engineer
Lee County Utilities
Fort Myers, Florida


“Equitable risk-sharing results in the best possible design-build projects.”

David L Tippin, Former Director
City of Tampa Water Department
Tampa, Florida


“High-performing firms identify and minimize potential risk before the project/task has started.”

Lisa Houg, Contract Officer
City of Peoria
Peoria, Arizona


“Our philosophy was to allocate risk to the party best able to manage it. This required a balanced approach between the owner and service provider, where protection of essential owner interests was assured without unnecessarily burdening or costing the practitioner party.”

Scott Haskins, Former Deputy Director
Seattle Public Utilities
Washington


“Technical qualifications are important, but at the end of the day what makes a difference is relationships and how you deal with problems when they arise.”

Fred Aigbe, Deputy Director
Seattle, Washington


“The community must be a partner. You do not want to interfere with the project, but you also need to be involved.”

Jose Hernandez, Engineer
Cleveland, Ohio


“The design-build approach emphasizes partnerships between the owners and the design-build team.”

Rich Bartels, Principal Project Manager
Colorado Springs Utilities
Colorado


“Our facility just won a performance award. The design-builders absolutely met the performance requirements of the contract.”

Erin Anderson, Attorney
Cle Elum Wastewater Facility
Cle Elum, Washington