Education Programs

Empowering the industry with essential knowledge.

Our education sessions are designed to empower owners, government officials, and practitioners with proven best practices for planning, procuring, delivering, and managing collaborative delivery projects in the water and wastewater sector. Taught by some of the nation’s leading water design-build and CMAR experts, our industry-aligned experiential workshops blend essential knowledge with practical application to ensure that attendees leave prepared to collaborate successfully, lead change, and achieve successful project outcomes.


Who Should Attend?

  • City and county officials, managers, and staff of municipal, private, and governmental water/wastewater facilities
  • Water/wastewater industry practitioners

Flexible Session Formats

Our education sessions are offered across North America in a range of flexible formats, including in person and online. We come to you at a facility of your choice.

  • In person: 1-day program (7 hours) or a 1 ½-day program (10 hours)
  • Virtual: Can be taken in 1 ½-hour segments and customized to fit your needs

Session Topics

Two Tracks:
1. Fundamentals of Collaborative Delivery

This series integrates content from our industry-recognized Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook with specific needs and interests identified from our research with utility/agency decision makers and project, procurement, legal, and operations managers whose goal is to deliver successful collaborative delivery projects. All participants receive the handbook as part of the curriculum along with other pertinent materials.

Deciding to Implement a Collaborative Delivery Project

Provides overall guidance to owner organizations and industry practitioners on what is required to build internal understanding and consensus about a project’s goals, priorities, and drivers. Steps that owners can take to prepare their organizations for project implementation are presented, including an exercise in determining critical project priorities and an introduction to developing the project implementation plan. Special emphasis is provided on the roles and responsibilities of an owner advisor and how they are procured.

Principles and Best Practices of Collaborative Delivery

Describes the relationships of the various collaborative delivery methods—construction management at-risk, progressive design-build, and fixed-price design-build—defining the differences among them, as well their advantages and distinctions.

Risk Management and Contracts

Addresses the areas of risk that are typical for water and wastewater projects. Topics include common project risks and allocation principles, managing risks, addressing liability and risk in the collaborative delivery contract, contract commercial concepts, industry-standard contract forms, and cautions for consideration in preparation for the collaborative delivery project.

Conducting the Procurement Process

Expands upon the explanation of the collaborative delivery methods discussed in the second module. It describes the major steps in the procurement process from preparing the request for qualifications and request for proposals to selecting the design-builder or CMAR firm. It also incorporates information from the WCDA Progressive Design-Build, Fixed-Price Design-Build, and CMAR Procurement Guides.

Managing and Implementing Collaborative Delivery Projects

Focuses on the management activities that commence once the contract with the collaborative delivery firm is signed. Attention is given to the management activities during execution of the project, prior to acceptance testing and transition to full-time operations, covering three distinct areas.

  1. Team Structure for Effective Collaborative Management – Who’s included and their respective roles and responsibilities
  2. Developing a Collaborative Working Environment – Reaching alignment on the collaborative relationship
  3. Implementing a Project Management Plan – Reaching agreement on actions to successfully execute the project
Getting to Project Completion and Transition

Provides owners, owner advisors, and collaborative delivery teams a roadmap of activities essential to the success of the final project stages that allows all stakeholders to view the project with the most balanced risk profile and clear understanding of critical success factors.

2. Implementation Course Preview

Featuring all new curriculum for owners about to embark on a CMAR or design-build project, this series is for leaders, engineering, and O&M staff of public water/wastewater facilities who are looking to gain insight into implementing collaborative delivery projects after the procurement stage. Practitioners are also welcome to attend. These topics are a preview sampling of WCDA’s full Implementation Course coming in 2023, highlighting key activities from contract execution to transition to construction.

  • Setting the Tone and Scope for a Successful Project
  • Establishing a Cost Model (Cost Estimate Format)
  • Assessing and Verifying Cost and Proposed Contingency
  • Evaluating Early Work Package Proposals
  • Agreeing on the Guaranteed Contract Price Proposal
  • Transitioning to Construction

Session Instructors

Our instructors are industry experts with first-hand knowledge and experience in successfully accomplishing collaborative delivery water infrastructure projects.

  • WCDA Executive Director Mark E. Alpert, PE, FDBIA
  • Leofwin Clark, WCDA Education Consultant, All Things Collaborative Delivery

Cost and Arrangements

Contact WCDA Business Operations Manager Bob Golden, CAE, RCE

Mobile: 303-641-0550           


“As both a contractor and an engineer, I learned a tremendous amount at the design-build SRF education workshop. My only hope is that eventually all of our municipal clients would sit through this course. Project delivery should be a win for the customer, the engineer, and the contractor and I truly believe that qualifications-based selection, versus ‘low bid,’ ensures that this happens.”

Spencer Tuell, PE
President, Gulf Coast Underground, LLC