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Quantification of Cost, Benefits, and Risk Associated With Different Quality and Project Delivery Systems

Project Information

Project ID: 
FHWA-PROJ-12-0003
Project Status: 
Active
Start Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2013
End Date: 
Saturday, October 31, 2015
FHWA Program: 
Infrastructure
FHWA Subprogram: 
Construction and Project Management
FHWA Topics: 
Roads and Bridges--Construction and Project Management
TRT Terms: 
Project Management; Construction; Incentives;Design Build Construction; Research; Infrastructure; Costs; Benefits; Bridges
FHWA Discipline: 
Construction and Project Management, Generalist
TRB Subject Area: 
Construction, Highways, Transportation (General)

Contact Information

First Name: 
Matthew
Last Name: 
Corrigan
Telephone: 
(202) 493-3365
Email Address: 
Team: 
Infrastructure Analysis and Construction Team
Office:
Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Office Code: 
HRDI-20

Project Details

Project Description: 

This study investigates and compares the costs, benefits, and risks associated with the Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, and Construction Manager/General Contractor project delivery systems, as well as those related to use of early completion incentives/disincentives (I/D). The scope of the study covers various types, sizes, and scopes of transportation projects delivered by State highway agencies. The study involves collecting, organizing, and analyzing data from various highway agencies. The research product is guidance for State highway agencies to assist them in determining when to use each of the various project delivery systems to realize maximum benefit with regards to cost, benefits, and risk, as well as to determine appropriate incentive/disincentive levels for completion time.

Goals

The key project objectives are:

(1) Document the benefits, costs, and risks associated with projects delivered under Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, and Construction Manager/General Contractor systems.

(2) Quantify the cost, schedule, and quality consequences of using alternative delivery systems on appropriate projects.

(3) Document the benefits, costs, and risks associated with use of completion time incentives/disincentives (I/D).

(4) Provide State highway agencies with guidance on determining when to use each of the project delivery systems to realize maximum benefits with regards to project type, size, and complexity.

(5) Provide State highway agencies with a sound, systematic process for determining incentive/disincentive amounts and times. 

Deliverables

Deliverable Name: 
Interim Report
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
The deliverable is a report identifying the costs, benefits, and risks associated with project delivery systems, and the costs and benefits of early completion incentives/disincentives.
Deliverable Name: 
Final Report
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
The deliverable is a report documenting the research effort that provides guidance for departments of transportation (DOTs) on the effective use of alternate project delivery systems and completion incentives/disincentives.
Deliverable Name: 
TechBrief
Deliverable Type: 
Techbrief
Deliverable Description: 
The deliverable is a TechBrief outlining the research findings and guidance.
Deliverable Name: 
PowerPoint Presentation
Deliverable Type: 
Other
Deliverable Description: 
The deliverable is a slideshow outlining the research results and guidance.