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Design Build Institute recognizes 2005 projects.

Robert Schwartz, executive vice president of the New Jersey-based Applied Water Management Group of America Water, was named Member of the Year at the New York Tri-State Metro Chapter of the Design Build Institute of America annual awards ceremony recently.

Schwartz has worked in the water and wastewater industry for 35 years and has directed major projects throughout the tri-state area, including the development of an industrial pre-treatment program for a sewerage facility in New Jersey.

A diplomat environmental engineer of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, he is a member of several professional organizations, including the New Jersey Builders Association and the American Water Works Association.

He serves as an officer of the DBIA Tri-State Metro Chapter, his commitment to which was honored at the recent DBIA dinner held at Arthur's Landing in Weehawken, N.J., where Schwartz was presented with a special plaque in recognition of his efforts to promote the Association and its work.

The DBIA was founded in 1993 to advocate and advance single source project delivery within the design and construction industry.

The design build method of project delivery embraces architecture, engineering and construction services under a single contract, thereby reintegrating the roles of designer and constructor. Membership of the association includes practitioners from all project phases, as well as public and private sector project owners.

Collaboration between the architect and the contractor has proven to significantly reduce the cost of construction and length of time required to complete the work, as well as improving the quality of the resulting facility.

The annual awards dinner allows the DBIA New York Chapter to recognize individual projects completed during the previous year which exemplify the benefits of the practice.

This year's winners were Slattery-Skanska, Inc. which won in the Power Category for its $161 million project at Ravenswood Power Plant in Long Island City, owned by Keyspan Energy Development Corporation. The contract included the engineering, procuring, construction and commissioning of a 250-megawatt cogeneration, combinedcycle power plant on a tight, urban site in a very short timetable. The project was hailed as "a remarkable feat of engineering" by the DBIA.

In the building category, Beyer Blinder Belle took first place for managing the remarkable renovation of New York City's Prince George Ballroom within the boundaries of the owner's budget. With the non-profit Common Ground Community as its client, BBB was able to complete the project both cost effectively and on a fast track.

Veolia Water won in the Water-Wastewater Category for its work replacing a sludge wastewater treatment plant to cope with an anticipated population increase in the borough of Washington, N.J. Not only was the project a success, but the borough of Washington reported that facilities maintenance costs have been below initial projections.

In the Transportation Category, Granite-Halmar Construction Co. Inc won the award for its design and replacement of the Belt Parkway over Ocean Parkway, owned by New York City Department of Transport.

In the Owner of the Year awards, DBIA selected Rockland County Sewage District and the Metropolitan Transport Agency as the public owners, and Noddle Development Company was selected as private owner of the year for their advocacy of the design build process.

The next meeting of the DBIA New York Metro Chapter will take place at the Prince George Ballroom, at 14 E. 28th St. in New York City, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 27.

Speakers will include Barry Bannett, AIA, DBIA, who will be talking about "The Architect lead Design-Build Projects" and Frank Lombardi, PE of the Port Authority of NY & NJ, who will speak on the use of design-build within the Port Authority. The DBIA-NY Tri-State Metro Chapter will be giving both AIA credits and credits good towards the NY PE license.

For more information about the event log on to www.dbiametro.com or call at 856-273-1224.
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Title Annotation:Robert Schwartz of Applied Water Management Group of America Water named member of Design Build Institute of America
Author:Barr, Linda
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
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Date:Oct 12, 2005
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