West Yost served as the owner’s advisor of the City of Davis as the City implemented its first Design-Build (DB) project. In anticipation of increasingly stringent regulatory requirements, the project consisted of the design and construction of improvements to the wastewater facility’s secondary treatment system. The importance of this project – coupled with the fact that it will be the most expensive capital project in the City’s history – required West Yost to consider the appropriateness of the City-selected DB approach, particularly the ability to prescribe robust design and performance requirements.
West Yost’s services included:
- Conceptual project design services
- Coordination and support for SRF funding
- Implementation of multi-phase DB procurement
- Design and development of procurement documents (RFQ, RFP and Service Agreement)
- Evaluation of qualifications and proposal submittals from technical, financial, legal and organizational perspectives
- Negotiation of DB service agreement
- Recently completed contract oversight and project leadership during design and construction of the wastewater treatment facilities
The West Yost team developed a multi-stage DB procurement process that carefully balanced the City’s need for technical prescription and control, with the innovative flexibility desired by the DB team proposers. The resulting procurement process and documents contained design and performance requirements that were robust in some areas, yet flexible in others, allowing the City to be “prescriptive” only for those technical project elements that were of the highest importance, while giving the DB teams design and construction flexibility for the remaining components, thus creating efficiencies.
Notable Features of the Project
- Lump sum design build procurement
- Plant upgrade retrofits while maintaining plant operations
- ENVISION (Sustainability) Certification