Key implementation issues and lessons learned with design-build projects

G. Edward Gibson, James T. O’connor, Giovanni Migliaccio, John Walewski

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Public agencies across the country are pursuing the design-build (DB) project delivery method to improve cycle-time performance on projects, and numerous transportation departments are currently using DB for highway construction. This paper outlines the findings of two studies of design-build projects for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The first of these studies included the development of a DB implementation guide for TxDOT and related key implementation issues needed to perform DB on transportation projects. The second involves an on-going investigation into lessons-learned during planning, procurement and execution phases of the State Highway 130 (SHI30) project currently underway in Central Texas. The SHI30 project is a 49 mile-long toll road being constructed under a Comprehensive Development Agreement (CDA). The project includes design, construction, and maintenance of a four-lane expressway within the specified corridor with a cost of approximately $1.3 billion and a scheduled completion date in 2007—the first DB project and the largest single highway project undertaken by TxDOT. This paper outlines critical success factors of design-build transportation projects for TxDOT, as well as early lessons-learned on the SHI30 project with particular attention given to enabling management issues, contract management, right of way and utility relocation issues, and critical relationship factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAlternative Project Delivery, Procurement, and Contracting Methods for Highways
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780784471760
ISBN (Print)9780784408865
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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