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Managing a Florida Wastewater Design-Build Project in the Face of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma

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The Design-Build (DB) delivery method for wastewater and water projects offers several distinct advantages to municipal utilities. Key considerations include schedule compression and single-source responsibility for the design, construction, and project commissioning. Okaloosa County (Florida) had completed a design-build project for a new municipal services building in 2004 with great success, and the Water and Sewer Department (OCWS) saw that the advantages of a successful design-build project could be applied to the new planned 10 million gallon per day (MGD) water reclamation facility. The County retained a Design Criteria Professional (DCP) and a Program Manager (PM) to develop not only the project-specific design criteria, but also the Request for Qualifications (RFQ), the Request for Proposals (RFP), the opinion of probable project costs, and to provide ongoing technical support through design and construction phases. As the project proceeded, a series of well-documented hurricanes impacted Florida in general, but also Okaloosa County located in the states panhandle. The severity of this series of hurricanes had an almost immediate affect on the prices of labor, concrete, and structural steel. In order to manage the budgeted resources, OCWS, the PM, and the DCP worked closely to identify cost-saving measures to ensure that their wastewater treatment needs would not be adversely impacted.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-01-01

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