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Cost vs. Technical Considerations in the RFP

November 5, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CST

Cost vs. Technical Considerations in the RFP

Time & Location

November 5, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CST


About the Event

The City of Houston Public Works and the San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) have both embarked on treatment plant expansions for their first Progressive Design-Build projects. Houston will expand the Northeast Water Purification Plant (NEWPP) by 320 million gallons per day (MGD) with an expected cost of $2 billion. The River Authority will expand the Salitrillo Wastewater Treatment Plant to 7.83 MGD with an expected cost of $25 million. 

Assembling the Request For Proposals (RFP) was challenging – finding the precise balance between cost and technical considerations to ensure the best value design builder would be selected while costs are controlled. Methodology for the RFPs and the considerations that were taken during the procurement will be presented. 


Erika Anderson, PE, PMP; Rajinder Singh, PE, Associate DBIA, Marisa Vergara-Trevino, PE

Shaping the Future Through Design-Build

The DBIA Southwest Region Annual Conference is the premier conference that brings together practitioners, owners and suppliers to advance collaboration in construction project delivery. This year’s conference, now reformatted as a virtual series, will facilitate powerful thought leadership with a focus on the future of design-build. Don't miss your opportunity to participate in exciting online technical sessions and remote networking opportunities with some of the best design-builders in the region.


Program Schedule

July 28th - Addressing the Challenges of Virtual Collaboration

August 6th - What's New with Your Region's Legislative Mandates for D/B?

August 20th - Do Collaborative Models Really Work?

September 1st - Collaborative Delivery Done Right: Wichita’s Northwest Water Treatment Facility

September 17th - Lump Sum Design-Build vs. Progressive Design-Build

September 22nd - Aggie Expressway: A Partnering Success Story

October 1st - D/B Advances in the Booming Oil and Gas Industry

November 5th - Cost vs. Technical Considerations in the RFP

Rescheduled: November 11th - What are the Criteria that Make a Good Design-Build Project? A Perspective from Various Team Members

November 19th - Shaping the Future Through Design-Build


  • Nonmember Series Registration: $425.00
  • DBIA Member Series Registration: $375.00
  • Owner or Public Entity Series Registration: $275.00
  • Owner or Public Entity Series Registration for 3 or more participants: $225*
  • Student Series Registration: $25.00**
  • Nonmember Indivdual Session Registration: $50.00
  • DBIA Member Individual Session Registration: $45.00
  • Owner or Public Entity Individual Session Registration: $35.00

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**Contact us at for student registration. Must provide copy of Student ID.

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