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Sixth Edition of Water and Wastewater Collaborative Delivery Handbook Now Available!

March 15, 2023 – JUST RELEASED! Featuring updated and new material and graphics, the new Water and Wastewater Collaborative Delivery Handbook is the quintessential guide for owners and practitioners looking to bolster awareness, understanding, and confidence in the collaborative delivery process.

Progressive Design-Build Delivery Now allowed in California

With the passage of CA SB 991, local agencies can now use progressive design-build delivery for water/wastewater projects. With crucial advocacy from WCDA and our members, this landmark bill was signed by Governor Newsom in September 2022 and will be in effect January 1, 2023 – January 1, 2029. Help us spread the word by downloading our SB 991 Toolkit.

New WCDA Board of Directors Elected

The Water Collaborative Delivery Association elected a new 15-person board of directors at its December 2022 meeting in Denver. With a recent change in bylaws that reorganized the board and membership structure, the WCDA is now governed by four officers and 11 directors. Taking the helm as president for 2023 is Marlea Tichy, PMP, VP of business development at Kiewit. She is joined by Michelle Green, PE, DBIA, Jacobs, as first vice president, Tom Visosky, PE, CDM Smith, as second vice president, and Bill Hixon, PE, BCEE, Arcadis, as immediate past president.

Kennedy Jenks is First New WCDA Member of 2023

The WCDA is excited to welcome its first new member of 2023: Kennedy Jenks. Represented by Spencer Archer, Design-Build Director, Kennedy Jenks is poised to be a valuable new asset to the WCDA’s misison. We look forward to formally welcoming them at our March quarterly meeting.

Registration Now open for 2023 Education Sessions

Whether you need to learn the fundamentals or are ready to implement a collaborative delivery project after procurement, we have the class for you. Our education sessions are offered across North America in a range of flexible formats We come to you at a facility of your choice or we have new webinars to choose from. 

From the Blog

Starting with the End Users in Mind

Starting with the End Users in Mind

When building a team for a design-build project, it’s common for agency owners (specifically engineering managers) to prioritize the obvious resources: project managers and owners advisors. What often gets overlooked is the opportunity to include the perspective and expertise of the end users during the design and construction process.

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Limitation of Liability on Design-Build Projects

Limitation of Liability on Design-Build Projects

Design-build contracts continue to mature and evolve in many aspects, including terms related to liability. In the world of water infrastructure delivery, design-build most often pairs a contractor and a design firm.

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How Big is Big?

How Big is Big?

Back in 2020 when I wrote about the Yugo and the merits of thinking about projects on a life cycle basis, the original Yugo’s 1987 list price of $3,990 translated to $9,100 in 2020 dollars.

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