Collaborative Delivery

Award-winning collaboration

At the end of the day, a successful design-build project comes down to working alongside people you can trust as true partners. Whether considering technical innovations, nailing down costs, or exploring creative delivery solutions, it’s essential that all players are working together with the same end-goal in sight. 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.

2019  ACEC Georgia Chapter Engineering Excellence Honor Award
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
2018 ACEC  Tennessee Grand Iris Award

Wastewater Treatment Aeration basin

Design-build best practices create better project

Pre-award collaboration set a strong foundation for one of Denver Water's first design-build projects. To overcome critical project challenges and pave the way for a successful procurement and delivery experience, Denver Water organized confidential, proprietary meetings ahead of the project award. This enabled Denver Water and their prospective design-builders to tune the project in a way that equitably balanced risks between the parties most able to manage them.

2018  DBIA Rocky Mountain Chapter Region Best Overall Project

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

New Faces

BC's Collaborative Delivery team is growing! Please join us in welcoming the following experienced professionals who match our commitment to exceptional client service and partnering well, to deliver projects from concept to completion.

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Managing Engineer

Rich is passionate about partnering with owners to deliver good work. He brings 12+ years of experience engineering and managing the collaborative delivery of water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

Contact Richard Gomez, PE, PMP, DBIA, LEED BD+C

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Supervising Construction Engineer

Will brings 18 years of experience as a project manager leading construction teams for many of the industry’s best contractors. He now brings his expertise building water and wastewater projects to BC as a pre-construction manager.

Contact Will Lukrafka


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

Learn more

Download presentations from past DBIA conferences below or subscribe to our Technical Paper library to access project case studies and more.

2019 DBIA Presentations

When Design-Build Goes Wrong; Designer Liability Risk Management

Contact Steve Gates
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM | General Session/Keynote

The cost, schedule and quality merits of design-build are well known which is why nearly half of all construction spending is design-build. In addition to superior project outcomes, however, ensuring success for all players—Owners and practitioners alike—is also core to DBIA's mission. The flexibility of design-build makes it possible to achieve all these goals, but only when practiced in accordance with Design-Build Done Right™ best practices. This session will take a close look at the business and teaming aspects of design-build, including not just the good, but the "bad" and even the "ugly" that can occur when best practices fall by the wayside; and the win-win that occurs when good/fair contracting and procurement practices are coupled with good teaming.

DBIA Best Practices Enhance Communication to Effectively Balance Risks During Procurement

Contact Joseph Willich, Jr. and Bayard Yang
Thursday, April 11, 2019
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | Best Practices and Lessons Learned

When Denver Water solicited their Aeration Basin Quality Improvements design-build project, several RFP requirements placed significant risks on prospective design-builders. Risks included schedule performance, treatment performance, and 'full design-gate' review requirements. Through early collaboration in the form of a proprietary meeting, these challenges were deliberated to arrive at mutually-acceptable solutions. This is the story of collaborating before project award, to overcome critical project challenges and pave the way for a successful procurement and delivery experience.

Design-Build Joint Venture Basics; Turning an Owner's Dream into Reality

Contact Wade Vaughn and Jonathan Miller
Thursday, April 11, 2019
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Beyond the Delivery Method: Trends and Innovation in Design-Build

Design-build delivery requires a team that possesses a varying and expansive set of skills to ensure success. One means of incorporating a multitude of differing viewpoints is to engage a culturally similar partner in a Joint Venture, with each partner bringing skill-sets that complement the other. Additionally, combining these resources requires that the team is flexible enough to accept new ways of executing the work, to provide a Client the customized project they desire.

Expedited Delivery from Preparation through Operation — Louisville MSD's First Use of Progressive-Design-Build

Contact Tim Koch and Steve Gates
Friday, April 12, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM | Progressive Design-Build—A Closer Look

Louisville MSD began the design of the Southwestern Parkway CSO Basin using conventional design-bid-build. However, local politics altered the basin's location, resulting in significant delays for the Federal Consent Decree project. MSD elected to switch to Progressive Design-Build to ensure its objectives were achieved. This session focuses on how MSD prepared/managed its procurement to accelerate into design/construction and how the team collaboratively expedited its services, despite challenges, to ensure a smooth evolution into operation.

True Collaboration: The Value of Utilizing Progressive-Design-Build to Expand a Major WWTP

Contact Rodney Pope and Kelly Comstock
Friday, April 12, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM | Making the Design-Build Decision: Theory & Practice

Fulton County's Big Creek WRF is reaching capacity and the equipment is near the end of its useful life. The County needs to expand and upgrade the WRF, from 24 MGD to 38 MGD and achieve more stringent effluent limits. The County wanted a cost-effective expansion, maintain operational compliance during construction, provide input into the design and consider multiple options and innovative solutions. Progressive Design-Build was the ideal procurement method to meet these objectives.

Choosing and Selecting Owner's Consultants

Contact Leofwin Clark
Friday, April 12, 2019
9:15 AM – 10:45 AM | Beyond the Delivery Method: Trends and Innovation in Design-Build

Past Presentations

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

Contact Brandon Heidelberger

Demand for Design-Build in the Water/Wastewater Sector

Contact Steve Gates

Expediting Design-Build Success Story: 305-Acre Richland Creek Reservoir—Raw Water Pipeline

Contact Kelly Comstock

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

Contact Gus Hrncir

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

Contact Gus Hrncir

Maximizing Team Efficiencies by Utilizing BIM/VDC Technologies in Design-Build Delivery

Contact Rod Pope and Jay Dunn

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

Contact Gus Hrncir

PDB Provides Successful Support of Local Manufacturing with Municipal Treatment Infrastructure

Contact Tim Masterson

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

Contact Richard Stahr

Project Delivery in Silicon Valley: Progressive Design-Build for Two Large Wastewater projects

Contact Aren Hansen

RM Clayton Headworks—A Gritty Solution for the City of Alameda

Contact Rod Pope

Standard Form of Contract for Progressive Design-Build

Contact Steve Gates

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

Contact Pat Tangora

Understanding the Role(s) and Qualifications of an Owner's Consultant in Design-Build

Contact Leofwin Clark

Why Owners Choose Design-Build

Contact Steve Gates