Flexibility is the Name of the Game in Collaborative Delivery

by | May 25, 2018

One of the many overlooked benefits of collaborative delivery is the flexibility offered through the various approaches. In particular, utility and government agencies with limited resources for water infrastructure projects are finding that collaborative approaches such as progressive design-build delivery give them more flexibility to optimize not only the price, but also the overall result and experience for the owner agency and its ratepayers. 

In the recent article published in Water Innovations, and included in Water Online’s e-newsletter, “Collaborative Approaches that Deliver Flexibility” features a comparison of conventional delivery to various forms of collaborative delivery, with a focus on flexibility. Of the many benefits, adding more flexibility to how projects are evaluated, planned, designed, and ultimately delivered can help fill the gap between available and needed resources. Because every project or program has different drivers, stakeholder interests, and project conditions, rigidly adhering to a single approach for program or project delivery limits both the effectiveness of a solution and the value of the solution for ratepayers. Water system owners have an opportunity to become more flexible through collaborative delivery models, allowing owners to make best-value solution decisions through increased flexibility and improved information. These models offer varying degrees of flexibility and carry associated benefits as well as challenges. But in each case, flexibility is provided through collaborative behavior.  

David Kinchen, Associate VP and Director, Black & Veatch

Based in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Kinchen currently serves as Regional Director for Black & Veatch Water, managing collaborative delivery projects (DB, CMAR, P3) in Black & Veatch’s North American water market. As part of his responsibilities, Mr. Kinchen is responsible for project development, strategic team relationships, strategy development, oversight of design concept development and pricing strategy, and design-build execution oversight. He has served as project executive, project manager and pre-construction director on multiple design-build assignments for municipal, industrial, and federal construction projects, and has 30+ years of experience. His project assignments have included DBB, CMAR, PDB, FPDB, and various P3 projects. He has worked for multiple top tier design and construction companies including Skanska, Balfour Beatty, Atkins, and Rust Engineering. David Kinchen is a past president of the WDBC and currently sits on the board of directors. He holds a BS from Auburn University, and studied at the Oxford University, London School of Business, and Advanced Studies in Business, RETP Civil Engineering, Georgia Tech.