The Speed of Design-Build: A Case Study

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

For over 13 years, the town of Port Deposit was in desperate need of a new wastewater treatment plant. There were multiple studies, estimates and at one point a project was designed, went out for bid and came back woefully over budget. Another study and design were completed, and the estimate was nearly double the Owner's budget. Finally, in 2019, Cecil County decided they really needed to get the project moving and decided to issue a solicitation for a lump sum design-build project. After 13 years of no action, an entire plant will be completed in 18 months.


1. How Design Build can expedite Design and Project delivery 

2. How collaboration between the Owner, Engineer and Contractor positively affects a project 

3. How bringing in key technology providers and subcontractors during design can help a project 

4. How trust in Design Build is of utmost importance

Mike Cecil, Assoc. DBIA

Director, Business Development

American Contracting and Environmental Services, Inc.

Mike Cecil has been in the construction industry for nearly 40 years with the last 30 years concentrating on water and wastewater treatment projects.  His first Design Build project was 1995-1998 in Port Said, Egypt. Mike served for several years on the Water/Wastewater, Educational and Conference Committees with DBIA, and exclusively works on Design Build and CMAR projects.

Dan String, P.E.

Senior Project Manager

KCI Technologies, Inc.

Mr. String’s experience includes facility evaluation and planning, hydraulic analysis, water distribution and transmission, wastewater collection and conveyance, pump station design, water treatment and wastewater treatment design. Mr. String is also a Class C Designer in the State of Delaware and a Past President of the Delaware Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association. Mr. String currently serves as a Practice Leader and Office Manager for KCI’s Dover, Delaware office.

Phil Muzik, P.E.

Chief, Engineering & Construction Division

Cecil County Department of Public Works

Mr. Muzik manages the development, design and construction phases of capital projects to include Wastewater, Facilities, Solid Waste transportation and Parks and Recreation. Mr. Muzik has been with Cecil County for 17 years and has managed 22 bridge replacement projects. His previous career includes working as a consultant design manager of a variety of municipal projects to include wastewater, water, and Roads projects, and prior to that served his country as an Army Engineer.


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