Design, Build, Operate
Clearford’s approach is simple: we are a single point contractor that combines design and construction responsibilities of design-build components with operations and maintenance.
Commitment: All parties and all disciplines are committed and integrated from start to finish. Clearford seeks long-term operating contracts on all the solutions provided, so we are very focused on system optimization and life cycle cost.
Cost Savings: Achieved through efficiencies and integration, reduced construction engineering and inspection, and shortened project timelines.
Quality: As operators, it is in our interest to design and build a quality plant with low operation and maintenance costs. Not only will the plant be “fit for purpose,” but also built to last.
Time: With possibilities to overlap some design and build activities, it becomes possible to minimize delays and optimize the smooth flow of construction activities.
Guaranteed Long-term Performance: The client will not only optimize the life-cycle costs of the projects, but they will also be provided with the most reliable and efficient technology.
Approval/Design/Construction Efficiency: Through improved accountability and relief from conflicts of interest; early operator and contractor involvement; fast-tracking of the design and construction portions; and elimination of separate construction contractor bid phase.
Clearford has deep experience managing capital projects for our clients. These projects may be initiated by the client as part of their infrastructure maintenance program or as a result of deficiencies identified by Clearford through our annual facility capital plan.
We prepare capital reports for our clients that identifies high, medium, and low-priority capital items to be addresses over the next one to five years. In the report, our team identifies upgrades and improvements, with a business case for each item explaining the purpose of the recommendations, the estimated cost, the proposed timeline, and the benefit(s) of implementation.
Common identified upgrades are:
- Items at the end of their life-cycle and require replacement;
- Equipment that is underrated or inefficient to meet current treatment volumes and performance standards;
- Energy efficiencies, and therefore, cost savings;
- Proven savings in chemical costs or future maintenance costs;
- Items necessary to meet new standards and regulations as they arise; and,
- Projects that may meet the criteria of new funding programs as they are announced.