Council Offers New Design-Build Handbook

Design-build project delivery for water and wastewater systems is gaining favor as a practical and cost-effective option for city and municipal leaders across the country. To provide a clear and comprehensive overview of this alternative delivery method in which owners work with a single source for both design and construction, the Water Design-Build Council created a best-practices guide, "The Municipal Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook."

Drawing on the experiences of both municipalities and design-builders, the handbook provides a step-by-step guide for achieving the benefits of design-build and avoiding common pitfalls. "This superbly produced booklet fills an immediate need as more and more communities examine the design-build process. Speaking for the council, we are very pleased with the results," said Water Design-Build Council President Joe Adams, president of MWH Constructors.

The handbook is a 57 pages on the full range of design and construction considerations that municipalities must weigh when evaluating the advantages of design-build. It features interviews with more than 35 experts in using design-build for water and wastewater projects, including executives of more than 20 communities.

The handbook is available to the public as a free download from the Water Design-Build Council's Web site.

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