Survey reveals owners of water, wastewater utilities doing more with less

March 31, 2009
R. W. Beck's second Alternative Project Delivery (APD) survey of water and wastewater utilities nationwide shows the utilization of alternative delivery contracting methods are an efficient and cost-effective means of procuring and developing their infrastructure projects. Utilities and municipalities responsible for new or upgraded infrastructure can benefit from design-build and design-build-operate, which are increasingly pursued compared to traditional design-bid-build...

BOSTON, MA. Mar. 24, 2009 -- R. W. Beck's second Alternative Project Delivery (APD) survey of water and wastewater utilities nationwide shows the utilization of alternative delivery contracting methods are an efficient and cost-effective means of procuring and developing their infrastructure projects. Utilities and municipalities responsible for new or upgraded infrastructure can benefit from design-build and design-build-operate, which are increasingly pursued compared to traditional design-bid-build.

"Alternative delivery methods can be delivered affordably and with a shorter timeline while owners offset risks onto a single design-build contractor," says Steve Gates, R. W. Beck Senior Vice President and principal author of the Firm's survey team. Furthermore, owners who have used design-build contracting express very high satisfaction with it in our survey, he says.

Key points of interest include statistics of the time and cost savings associated with APD, its growing industry familiarity and the rate of Owner satisfaction using APD methods.

"The benefits of alternative delivery are real in any economy," says Mr. Gates. "But as today's project owners face greater accountabilities to deliver taxpayer-funded water and wastewater infrastructure, APD offers a real path to both efficiency and success."

>> Click here to listen to a podcast by Mr. Gates and read more about APD in a challenging economy

R. W. Beck is a group of technically based business consultants serving public and private infrastructure organizations and financiers worldwide.

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