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Water and Wastewater Industry

The services performed by Capital Project Strategies in the water and wastewater industry largely involve the representation of public and private sector owners.  As with many of the other industries in which we are involved, we generally work as an integral part of the owner’s project team, interfacing with and, as applicable, reporting to the owner’s procurement department, legal department and technical representatives.  Our primary areas of service in this industry involve “front-end” work – such as procurement and contracting advice and contract drafting.  A sampling of our experience is set forth below:

  • Southern Nevada Water Authority (Lake Mead Intake No. 3).  Mr. Loulakis has been serving as outside project counsel on SNWA’s largest design-build project, the Lake Mead Intake No. 3 project.  The project includes an intake shaft and a 3-plus mile intake tunnel beneath the lake, with tunnel boring of 17 bars of pressure.  He has been involved in the development and strategy behind all procurement and contracting documents, and has provided strategic advice to SNWA management on selection criteria, risk assessment, builder’s risk insurance and myriad other issues that have arisen in the procurement process.  He also served as a technical advisor to the selection team.

  • City of Marco Island (Upgrade to Wastewater Treatment Plant).  The City of Marco Island, Florida retained Mr. Loulakis to create an Engineer-Procure-Construction Management (EPCM) contract to increase the capacity of its existing wastewater treatment facility and convert a portion of the facility to membrane bioreactor technology.  He conducted negotiations with the EPCM firm, and also assisted the City in strategizing its overall procurement approach.

  • American Water (Contract Review and Update).  American Water retained Mr. Loulakis to work with the company’s engineering department and general counsel’s office to update and modernize American Water’s standard form contracts.  The company used modified versions of the EJCDC family of forms, including the design-bid-build and design-build families. 

In addition to “front-end” client work in this industry sector, we have also been very active in the water and wastewater industry through the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).  Mr. Loulakis served on DBIA’s Board of Directors and has been actively involved in the Civil Infrastructure Committee of the organization.  This committee has been developing best practices for design-build in the water and wastewater sector.  Mike regularly speaks at DBIA’s annual Water and Wastewater Conference on issues involving project risks and lessons learned in the procurement and contracting of water and wastewater treatment facilities.  He also is the co-author of a two-part monograph entitled “Design-Build Delivery for the Water and Wastewater Industry,” Construction Briefings, West Publishing (November 2003, Part 1; December 2003, Part 2).


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