Does Design-Build have a Future in Water Projects?

Does Design-Build have a Future in Water Projects

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.

Jim Adams

Jim is a results-oriented leader with 35+ years of achievements in the energy efficiency construction industry. Jim founded Energy Systems Group (ESG) in 1994, and expanded the company to 14 branch offices and 4 energy centers. Jim joined Performance Services in 2014 and leads the Texas-based team.

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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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