Does Design-Build have a Future in Water Projects?

October 9, 2014

Laura Martin has written a terrific article that highlights the benefits of Design-Build for the construction industry, and in particular, the water/wastewater industry. It's a quick read that nails all the reasons the Design-Build process should be an owner's only consideration when constructing or remodeling water/wastewater treatment plants. The reasons public water utility owner's don't use Design-Build boils down to "they don't realize they can or enabling legislation isn't clear". 

I strongly believe Design-Build should be the primary consideration for all building owners undertaking a construction project as Design-Build encourages performance-based solutions in lieu of a "designed" solution that likely has flaws, errors, and omissions. The Design-Build process encourages innovation through a collaborative effort between the owner, designer, and builder.  Costs are lower and timeframes are speeded up. Read Laura's article for more details.

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Jim Adams

Jim Adams is a dynamic, results oriented leader with 35 years of outstanding achievement in the energy efficiency construction industry. Jim founded Energy Systems Group (ESG) in 1994, and expanded the company to over 14 branch offices and 4 energy centers before leaving in 2011.

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Is Design-Build the Future for the Water Sector?


Design, bid, build.

For years, those three steps have been the standard way to get a water or wastewater project accomplished. But an alternative project delivery method is gaining ground.

“Design-build in the water sector has grown steadily every year for the last six years,” said Lisa Washington, CEO for the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). “Design-build offers time savings, cost savings, and higher quality through increased innovations.”


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