Woodard & Curran Launches Design-Build Division

Published: 4/11/2018

Woodard & Curran, an engineering firm specializing in water and environmental projects, has launched Woodard & Curran Constructors, a business unit focused on delivering successful projects through design-build contracting. With a staff of design-build and construction experts, Woodard & Curran Constructors offers an integrated design-build approach to delivering infrastructure and environmental projects for clients in all sectors of the economy. The division is led by John Kitchin, PMP, DBIA, who sits on the Board of Directors of the Southeast Region of the Design-Build Institute of America and is an instructor in the School of Building Construction at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Woodard & Curran is an integrated engineering, science, and operations company serving public and private clients locally and nationwide. According to Woodard & Curran CEO, Doug McKeown, Woodard & Curran Constructors is a natural extension of the firm’s core value proposition. “We have helped clients address infrastructure needs and environmental challenges for more than 35 years, and in that time it has become clear that design-build contracting models offer significant benefits in many situations. It has also become clear that we offer a set of bundled skills from planning through design, construction and operations that can magnify those benefits for our clients.”

Woodard & Curran Constructors will enter into design-build and design-build-operate contracts and act as the prime contractor in such arrangements. The firm will draw on the engineering and design expertise of Woodard & Curran and partner with other firms and contractors as appropriate. 

Kitchin explained that bringing a focused design-build capability and expertise into Woodard & Curran creates synergies for the firm’s clients. “One of the major benefits of design-build project delivery is that it creates a unified team of design and construction professionals. This is even more true at Woodard & Curran, where the designers work alongside the construction professionals in the same offices, which fosters a truly seamless integration. Collaboration and integration aren’t goals for us, they are central to the way we work. Our construction experts have input into every phase of design, which leads to better designs and cost savings throughout construction.”

Kitchin further stated that Woodard & Curran’s fully integrated approach offers an additional unique benefit on water infrastructure projects. “Because we also have hundreds of certified treatment system operators on staff, we integrate long-term operability and maintenance concerns into every one of our designs. These systems are hugely important investments for the communities and organizations building them, so we make sure that they will not only get the most cost-efficient construction possible, but that the ongoing operation and maintenance is as efficient as possible, too.”

Woodard & Curran Constructors is actively working with clients to develop design-build projects of all sizes. For more information, visit www.woodardcurranconstructors.com.

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