Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Water Tampa's 120-MGD water-treatment plant is one of the largest U.S. drinking-water projects delivered to date via a DBO mechanism. In Florida last year, one of the largest drinking-water projects in the U.S. was completed via a design-build-operate contract and is now operational. However, despite its success, the project apparently has failed to inspire a trend toward an increased use of DBO elsewhere. Nevertheless, an industry expert believes cash-strapped small utilities may soon be forced to privatize their water-facility production and operations.Veolia Water North America served as construction manager at-risk for a 50-million-gal-per-day expansion of
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.