Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Consulting Firm Black & Veatch Joins the Water Design-Build Council

The Water Design-Build Council announced today that Black & Veatch has become the Council's newest member.

Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch is an innovative and highly respected engineering, consulting and construction company with the mission of Building a World of Difference®. An employee-owned company with more than 100 offices around the world, Black & Veatch is listed on the Forbes "500 Largest Private Companies in the United States" and specializes in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, federal, management consulting and environmental markets.

Dan McCarthy, President and CEO, will represent Black & Veatch on the Board of Directors. "As the newest member of the Water Design-Build Council," McCarthy said, "we look forward to working with our fellow organizations to advance the use of design-build for water and wastewater projects. We think it is critical to educate the Obama administration, Congress, governors, mayors, and other municipal leaders about the value of design-build in addressing the urgent infrastructure issues we face as a nation."

"We are pleased to have Black & Veatch as a member," said the Council's new president, Peter W. Tunnicliffe, Senior Vice President of Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. "With the addition of Black & Veatch, the Council now represents over 90 percent of the engineering-led design-build market."

Design-build delivery has been proven to provide sustainable, energy efficient water systems; consistently lower project costs; and up to 30 percent faster project completion thereby accelerating creation of engineering and construction jobs. The ability to select the design-builder based on overall "best value" and single-point accountability for both design and construction throughout the process results in a powerful and effective solution to meeting the nation's pressing water infrastructure needs.

The WDBC has urged the President-Elect, new Administration planners, and the Congress to incorporate the preference for design-build contracting into the Stimulus Package so there is clear legislative authority to utilize funds to contract in this manner.

About the Water Design-Build Council

The Water Design-Build Council is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting best practices for the application of design-build in water and wastewater projects in North America. Above all, these best practices should enable owners to realize the full value of design-build: superior design and construction, speed, cost savings, and focused accountability.

For more information about the Water Design-Build Council, please visit www.waterdesignbuild.org.

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, federal and environmental markets. Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch develops tailored infrastructure solutions that meet clients' needs and provide sustainable benefits. Solutions are provided from the broad line of service expertise available within Black & Veatch, including conceptual and preliminary engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction, financial management, asset management, program management, construction management, environmental, security design and consulting, management consulting and infrastructure planning. With $3.2 billion in revenue, the employee-owned company has more than 100 offices worldwide and has completed projects in more than 100 countries on six continents.

Black & Veatch's global water business provides innovative, technology-based solutions to utilities, governments and industries worldwide. Local project teams work with multinational water and wastewater treatment process experts to address site-specific challenges through a broad range of consulting, study, planning, design, design-build and construction management services. The company's Web site address is www.bv.com.

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