WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) received an award from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) for its Oakley Separation Sewer Project, according to a press release.

The project was recognized in the Water/Wastewater category, noted the release, “for exemplary collaboration and integration in the design-build project delivery method.” It was also nominated for DBIA’s Nation Award of Excellence.

MSDGC, Brown and Caldwell, Ulliman Schutte Contruction LLC, IBI Group and Midwest Mole collaborated on the $12.2 million project, reported the release.

“To win a National Design-Build Project/Team Award, projects must not only achieve budget and schedule goals, but also demonstrate advanced and innovative application of design-build best practices,” said Lisa Washington, CAE, executive director/CEO of DBIA, in the release. “Your winning project showcased how the project team went above and beyond achieving cost, schedule and quality goals, demonstrating unique applications of design-build best practices to raise the industry’s bar even higher.”

The 15-month project used a half-mile of 60- and 72-inch storm and near-surface sewer pipes, shared the release. It came in under budget and was completed ahead of deadline, saving the district more than $3.3 million.

“This prestigious award is high praise for the excellent collaboration of the project team,” Brown and Caldwell Project Director Stephen Gates said in the release. “The district is being recognized for its leadership in completing the first infrastructure project in the state using design-build contracting under Ohio Construction Reform — significantly reducing project costs and helping to expedite completion of a critical economic development project.”

The team coordinated closely to reduce cost and increase delivery time, quality and teamwork, stated the release.

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