Shovel Ready: The Contractors Role in WIFIA Funding

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

Throughout the process of applying for Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (WIFIA) funding, onboarding, and collaborating with your contractor-partner can play a key role in developing the LOI, applying for funding, and complying with the requirements of federally funded projects during construction. Project readiness, cost estimating, project scheduling, and risk evaluations reduce financing risk and improve WIFIA scoring – and a contractor-partner onboarded early in the design process may be the golden ticket. This presentation discusses the beneficial characteristics of collaborative delivery when applying for WIFIA funding.


1. Understand the fundamentals of the WIFIA funding process. 

2. Analyze project schedules against WIFIA application schedules to determine the best time to bring on team members. 

3. Understand how preconstruction services can bring value to the WIFIA LOI and application process. 

4. Determine the most applicable project delivery method to meet the WIFIA requirement of beginning the contracting process with a GC within 90 days of the application approval for your project.

Michaela Rempkowski, DBIA

Integrated Design Manager

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Michaela is a licensed professional chemical engineer and an integrated design manager McCarthy Building Companies. She has served municipal water and wastewater clients for over seven years as a designer and has spent the last year helping build the infrastructure. Michaela built her design and construction career under alternative delivery methods and is a certified design-build professional.

Steven Jarvis

Preconstruction Director

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Steven Jarvis is a Director of Preconstruction for McCarthy Building Companies. He has a Bachelors of Science in Construction Management and spent the first 9 years of his career in the field building some of McCarthy's most complex water projects. The last 4 years he has spent in the a preconstruction role where he leads collaborative delivery teams to success with his ability to find solutions to difficult budget and schedule issues.

Dan-Tam Nguyen

Environmental Engineer- Office of Wastewater Management

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency- WIFIA Management Division

Dan-Tam Nguyen joined WIFIA in 2018, where she concentrates on technical and federal requirements reviews of water/wastewater projects receiving federal funding through the program. Prior to joining the Agency, she supported EPA for over 12 years as a consultant conducting industry studies, chemical and technology reviews, regulations development and enforcement activities. Dan-Tam received a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.


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