Selecting project delivery methods for water treatment plants

Jeffrey Feghaly, Mounir El Asmar, Samuel Ariaratnam, Wylie Bearup

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to identify key project delivery method selection factors to assist water industry decision-makers in selecting the most appropriate delivery method for their water treatment plant projects. Design/methodology/approach: The selection factors were identified by compiling and validating key project delivery selection factors across various industries through an extensive literature review and two industry expert workshops. This resulted in the development of a web-based decision-support tool to facilitate project delivery method selection within the water industry. Findings: The research effort led to the identification of 13 key project delivery method selection factors (seven primary factors and six secondary factors) for water treatment plant projects. These factors were utilized to develop EXPRSS-TP, a pioneering web-based project delivery method decision-support tool for the water industry. Practical implications: A project delivery method selection process is typically an informal process that may range from days to weeks at a time. Based on this work, the assessment can now be completed in about one hour and provides decision-makers with the most favorable delivery method for their project. And with the new tool that encompasses the new knowledge, not only is the decision reached at an accelerated pace, EXPRSS-TP also documents the entire selection process, allowing for a written and retained record of this key decision and its procedure. Originality/value: This paper contributes to the exisiting body of knowledge by identifying key project delivery selection factors across numerous industries, assessing and combining them, and finally incorporating them into one comprehensive process. EXPRSS-TP improves the traditional project delivery method selection process and provides evidence-based project delivery method selection recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)936-951
Number of pages16
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 21 2020


  • Alternative project delivery methods
  • Construction management at risk
  • Decision-support tool
  • Design-build
  • Management
  • Project delivery method selection factors
  • Water industry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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