Water Design-Build Council Elects 2016 Leadership Team

The Water Design-Build Council (WDBC) recently elected Leofwin Clark (CH2M), John Doller (Carollo) and Steve Gates (Brown and Caldwell) to leadership roles in the organization. Of note, Clark, formerly WDBC?s 1st vice president and treasurer, officially became the Council?s 11th president, effective Jan. 1. ?

Leofwin Clark, CH2M?vice president and sales director based in Denver, Colo., has 25 years of experience focusing on collaborative delivery for major infrastructure and U.S. government projects, including design-build, design-build-operate, public-private-partnerships, and contract operations\privatization. As an industry thought leader, his WDBC work includes technical practices, education and research committees.

[Right]: Leofwin Clark (left), accepts the gavel from 2015 WDBC president David Kinchen (right).

?I am honored to serve in WDBC?s leadership position for the next year and look forward to continuing the extraordinary work accomplished in the past decade,? said Clark. ?The WDBC has been sharing best practices in design-build to educate owners and promote collaborative delivery in the water and wastewater industry.?

John Doller, P.E., Carollo senior vice president, was elected as WDBC?s 1st Vice President and Treasurer for 2016. As a recognized industry thought-leader, Doller chairs the WDBC Technical Practices Committee, and has been responsible for the guiding the thought leadership process in the development and production of both the Progressive and Fixed-Price Design-Build Procurement Guides on behalf of the WDBC.

?I am both excited and privileged to be part of an organization that has accomplished so much to promote the proper utilization of collaborative project delivery in the water industry,? said Doller. ?The collective and collaborative work of the Council?s member organizations has profoundly shaped the best practices for the procurement and execution of Integrated Project Delivery over the past nine years.?

Stephen Gates, senior vice president of Brown and Caldwell, was elected by WDBC member firms to the office of 2nd Vice President and Secretary for 2016. An active WDBC Board member and industry thought-leader, Gates?directs the WDBC?s research program and contributes to?technical practices and education programs.

?The use of design-build procurement has achieved a greater level of use than design-bid-build because of its many advantages over low bid general contracting,? said Gates. ?I am honored to serve in this position and look forward to continue working with the WDBC as we focus on advancing our research and education program for the industry.?

The Water Design-Build Council is a not-for-profit association established in 2006 to educate best practices in design-build and construction management-at-risk procurement delivery. Implementing this mission occurs through education and outreach, serving in a leadership role as an industry advocate for the value of collaborative delivery for water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

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