2017 State of the Demand for Design-Build Delivery in the Water/Wastewater Sector

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Project Overview

There is an increasing demand for and use of the design-build delivery method in the water and wastewater industry. The design-build method is one in which the design and construction of water/wastewater systems are contracted by a single entity.

In 2016-2017, the Water Design-Build Council contracted with Rubin Mallows Worldwide, with assistance by the EFC at UNC, to determine the size and magnitude of the US municipal water market for completion of capital projects using the design-build project delivery method. The EFC at UNC assessed trends in capital outlays in the past few years and forecasted the potential for the demand of design-build projects in the water sector in the US between 2017 and 2021.

The resulting market research was published by the Water Design Build Council in a report titled 2017 State of the Demand for Design-Build Delivery in the Water/Wastewater Sector. The research confirms that design-build project delivery is widely used by the nation’s public utilities for a variety of water and wastewater treatment and related infrastructure projects, and continues to grow:


“The future of design-build delivery for water and wastewater

infrastructure projects trends positive, with total project

spending set to grow from some $7.7 billion in 2017 to

$9 billion in 2021—reversing the downward trend observed

following the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent Great

 Recession.” (page 3).


 The full project report can be found and downloaded here.