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Essentials of Collaborative Delivery Risk Allocation and Contracts

November 9, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm MST


Join the WCDA and Polsinelli Law Firm for a comprehensive classroom course focused on risk allocation and contract principles for CMAR and design-build projects. Building on the recently revised sixth edition of the Water and Wastewater Collaborative Delivery, Handbook, new material in this offering provides an in-depth survey of industry-standard contract templates, key state-by-state regulations, and the dynamics of risk allocation and performance accountability.

Who Should Attend?

This course is focused on public sector attorneys and outside counsel who may be supporting public sector entities on drafting and implementing CMAR and design-build contracts. Legal support professionals, senior procurement administrators, project managers, and agency executives will also benefit from this curriculum.

Content Overview

This is a full-day session that covers detailed risk allocation and performance requirement principles for collaborative delivery projects, including specific commercial language, sources/content of contracts, and commonly accepted practices for construction management at-risk (CMAR), progressive design-build (PDB), and fixed-price design-build (FPDB) contracts. Building on the sixth edition of the Water and Wastewater Collaborative Delivery Handbook, this in-person session is expanded to cover:

  • An overview of common terminology and collaborative delivery practices in the water/wastewater market
  • How performance risk allocation and related contractual terms are viewed through a performance accountability lens for collaborative delivery projects
  • What additional contract terms must be included to support effective two-phase, open-book CMAR and PDB contracts with an off-ramp option
  • How specific statutes in key states may affect collaborative delivery plans
  • How federal requirements for grants and loan programs apply to the procurement and delivery of collaborative delivery projects
  • An overview of recent DBIA contract forms changes, the newly available WCDA CMAR contract template, and other widely used sources for collaborative delivery contracts

Cost: $995 per person. Limited seating available.


Mark E. Alpert, PE, FDBIA
WCDA Executive Director
Paul V. Franke, Holly Roth, Erin Felix,
Joy Hoover, and Chad Stoker
Attorneys and Shareholders, Polsinelli
Catherine Lang
Attorney, HDR


  • Hard copy of the Water and Wastewater Collaborative Delivery Handbook, 6th edition
  • PDF of the CMAR contract template
  • Light breakfast refreshments
  • Lunch
  • Reception immediately following the session until 6 p.m.

*Interested in obtaining continuing legal education (CLE) credits for this course valid for your state of practice? Let us know your state when you register or inquire in advance at Education@WaterCollaborativeDelivery.org.

Contact us for information on travel logistics and local hotels.

Doors open at 8:30. Reception follows from 4:30-6:00 p.m. (6.5 hours instructional time)


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November 9, 2023
9:00 am - 4:30 pm MST
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Polsinelli Law Firm
1401 Lawrence St.
Denver, CO 80202 United States
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