Building on the success of 2014, DBIA, AWWA and WEF are excited to announce that more than 900 professionals attended the 2015 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference in San Antonio! This record breaking attendance only solidifies the growing use of design-build in the water and wastewater sector. In addition, nearly 10% of the participants were public and private owner organizations positioning this event as the premier conference for design-build education in the water/wastewater sector.
The 2015 conference featured more than 20 educational programs and networking events – all geared towards teaching how to save time, control costs and increase the quality of our nation’s water/wastewater construction projects through utilizing design-build best practices. The Conference kicked-off with an opening keynote by Carlos Rubinstein from the Texas Water Development Board. Chairman Rubinstein discussed SWIFT Funding for conservation, reuse, desalination and new pipelines in Texas, as well as how the state is meeting the challenges of serving a fast-growing population.
Additionally, Design-Build Best Practices were a constant theme throughout the event with several sessions highlighting the Water Markets Committee work on a water/wastewater sector specific guide released just in time for the conference. This guide is still in draft form and comments can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally the conference closed with a panel of public owners from San Francisco Public Utilities, San Antonio Water System, Miami-Dade Water and Sewer and the City of Winnipeg. These representatives not only discussed their upcoming CIPs but also how their agencies are making the shift from traditional design-bid-build to design-build.
We hope to see you next year when we head to Charlotte, North Carolina, April 18-20, 2016.