Collaborative Delivery

Speaking the same language

At the end of the day, a successful Design-Build project comes down to working with collaborative people you can trust as true partners. Whether hashing out project details or nailing down costs, it’s essential that all players are speaking the same language. Call on Brown and Caldwell – we’re ready to roll up our sleeves and partner well to help you move your project from concept to completion.

Critical headworks
upgrades to improve
plant operability
delivered while
keeping plant online

The largest of four City of Atlanta wastewater treatment facilities, with an average daily flow of 122 MGD, and peak flows frequently exceeding 320 MGD, the RM Clayton Water Reclamation Center simply can't afford to shut down. Early collaboration between BC and the owner resulted in selecting an alternative solution to the owner-prescribed technology and will improve plant reliability and operational simplicity. Upgrades to the headworks facility, which collects and treats flow from an aging, combined sewer system that routinely contains large quantities of grit, were completed all while keeping the plant in operation.

2018  DBIA National Award of Excellence, Water/Wastewater.

Collaborative problem
solving achieves greater
operational flexibility
to treat varying waste loads

As a result of a 3-year planning and assessment process, Bush Brothers & Company chose BC and its JV partner Haskell to design and build a water reclamation facility that treats production (food/canning) process water to a higher effluent quality for reuse purposes. Design-build delivery was chosen to leverage collaborative problem solving with operator input, achieve the lowest practical cost, take advantage of implementation flexibility inherent in the delivery model, and to reasonably balance delivery accountability between the owner and design-builder. More than 150 project team members and subcontractors have recorded over 300,000 man-hours on this project without a lost time injury.

2018  DBIA National Award of Merit, Water/Wastewater.
ACEC  Tennessee Grand Iris Award

Delivering an
wastewater treatment
plant expansion
using design-build

North Davis Sewer District's $58 million Biosolids Process Expansion in Syracuse, Utah is a model for a low carbon footprint, high energy efficiency facility designed to meet the demand of a rapidly growing population and comply with regulations through 2025 and beyond. Use of the progressive design-build delivery method and continuous collaboration between the District and Brown and Caldwell reduced project risk and promoted innovation, ultimately leading toward the high-quality and customized facility the District desired. Brown and Caldwell delivered the project more than $2 million under the Guaranteed Maximum Price.

2016  ENR Regional Best Project Award, Water/Environment
2015  ACEC Utah Award of Merit

Cogeneration facility
upgrade triples
electrical capacity,
saves nearly
$1 million

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) completed a fast-track capacity upgrade that replaced WASD's existing cogeneration system with state-of-the-art equipment that generates almost triple the electrical capacity without discharging additional air pollutants. This is one of the first cogeneration systems of this size (8 megawatts) that is capable of using three different types of fuel feedstocks (digester, landfill, and natural gas) in an infinitely variable mix. The Brown and Caldwell/Poole & Kent design-build team completed the project on schedule and within budget, providing nearly $1 million in electrical cost savings to WASD.

2015  DBIA Florida Best Overall Award, Water/Wastewater

implementation saves
$3.6 million

The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati's (MSDGC) $10 million Oakley Station Separation Sewer project represents the first design-build project MSDGC has undertaken. Brown and Caldwell integrated with MSDGC early in the project to save more than $3.6 million in overall project costs and meet an aggressive 21-month schedule.

2015  DBIA National Award of Merit, Water/Wastewater

DC Water's biosolids
program delivers

DC Water's award-winning Biosolids Program at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant dramatically transforms the way wastewater solids are processed and managed. Considered one of the greenest and most sustainable wastewater projects ever conceived, the $470 million biosolids facility requires fewer digesters, cuts greenhouse gases, produces renewable energy, and creates Class A biosolids-all combining to save utility ratepayers millions of dollars annually. Brown and Caldwell was DC Water's program manager, developer, and lead designer for bringing this large, complex system to fruition, much of which was completed using the design-build delivery method.

2016  US Water Prize
2012  AAEE Excellence in Engineering Grand Prize
2012  IWA Global Honour Award in Planning
2011  WE&RF Award for Excellence in Innovation


Collaborative delivery gains momentum

"A demand for innovation and a new willingness to collaborate has emerged in the water and wastewater sector, and we are seeing a clear trend of increasing popularity in the use of design-build delivery for infrastructure projects."

Steve Gates
Brown and Caldwell SVP and Water Design-Build Council President

Learn more

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Past Presentations

Why Owners Choose Design-Build

Industry leaders discussed their experiences with design-build delivery, including how they introduced design-build to their utility, their lessons learned on their 'maiden voyage' with design-build, knowing when DB contracting is appropriate and how DB contracting helps achieve objectives of a major CIP.

Contact Steve Gates

Demand for Design-Build in the Water/Wastewater Sector

The Water Design Build Council commissioned independent research to assess the size of and trends in design build contracting among the nation's water and wastewater utilities. This primary research had never been done before. The Conference Closing Session was the initial presentation of the results of this first-ever research.

Contact Steve Gates

Standard Form of Contract for Progressive Design-Build

As Progressive Design-Build (PDB) gains momentum; there is a greater need for standardized contract forms to help guide the design and construction industry through the procurement process. DBIA and the Water Design-Build Council (WDBC), through a collaborative partnership, have developed that much-needed form. This session provided an overview of the new standard form and highlighted key areas.

Contact Steve Gates

Grabbing the Bull by the Horns: Darigold's Successful Employment of Design-Build Delivery

This presentation demonstrated the benefits of design-build delivery for Darigold's environmental systems, which require management of special permitting needs. Darigold successfully executed two alternative delivery projects at its Sunnyside, Washington facility. Fixed Price and Progressive Design-Build created infrastructure solutions that are outside Darigold's core business. Integrated delivery facilitated collaboration of multiple stakeholders, enabling greater control by Darigold while streamlining delivery by establishing a single point of accountability for all project aspects by the design-builder.

Contact Gus Hrncir

Success with City of Everett's First Design-Build Projects

Although the City of Everett had used GCCM to successfully deliver a large treatment related project, it did not have experience with design-build. After assessing delivery options for two smaller projects (~$5M each) in 2013, the City opted to use design-build. This presentation provided an overview of the decision-making process to select design-build delivery, lessons learned from the City's first design-build projects, and strategies for effectively using design-build for smaller capital projects.

Contact Pat Tangora

Piloting Design-Build Sewer Rehabilitation in Advance of a $1 Billion Program

Hampton Roads Sanitation District, as part of their wet weather Consent Decree, planned to execute a $1 billion program to reduce infiltration and inflow (I/I) in the collection system. This pilot was developed to test the design-build approach to deliver rehabilitation work aimed at getting I/I out of the system. This project produced important lessons learned in terms of RFP requirements, payment structure, technical specifications, negotiations and addressing challenges during construction.

Contact Richard Stahr

Maximizing Innovation and Minimizing Interruption Using Design-Build for Major Cogen System Upgrade

In 2011, Miami-Dade discovered that methane gas produced at the landfill and digester gas produced within the South District WTP could significantly cut back electric power imported from the grid, reducing the facility's reliance on fossil fuel-produced electricity. This project required close collaboration between the design-builder and operations to ensure that the construction activities were staged in a manner that eliminated process interruptions to the existing system.

Contact Gus Hrncir

Creative Contracting Strategy Delivers Utah's Newest Biosolids Cogen Facility Using Progressive Design-Build

North Davis Sewer District (NDSD) used the progressive design-build delivery method to implement an ambitious biosolids and cogeneration expansion project. This presentation discussed how the use of progressive design-build enhanced the development of what became a flagship wastewater facility for energy efficiency. Thanks to an effective procurement plan, strong collaboration and a clear understanding of client priorities, the project was delivered more than $2M under the Guaranteed Maximum Price and three months ahead of schedule.

Contact Brandon Heidelberger

Never Give Up! Strategies for Overcoming Project Delivery Challenges and Roadblocks

What goes on behind the scenes of a complicated and pressure-packed project? Learn how one team worked together to "slay the dragons" and make the effort a success and point of pride for all involved. The project team addressed the major challenges they faced, shared strategies for design-building innovative technologies on a large scale, and emphasized the vital importance of intensive partnering to overcome potential roadblocks.

Contact Phil Braswell