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Current Design-Build Practices for Transportation Projects

18. Organizational Change as a Result of Shifting Workloads

NC DOT (Jan 2003)

As North Carolina expects to greatly increase the number of projects under way utilizing design-build, workloads will continue to shift. NC DOT has committed to a 10-day turnaround for all design reviews by DOT. Our design groups will eventually be forced to have dedicated employees performing the design reviews for these projects.

Michigan DOT (May 2009)

On current projects Michigan DOT committed to a 10 work day turn around on all design reviews. Michigan DOT utilized a consultant to ensure the reviews were completed in the specified time line. Michigan DOT is considering a 10-15 day turn around on future projects.

An April 2007 Research Paper titled: "The Impacts of Design-Build on the Public Workforce" (Gransberg, Molenaar) summarizes the impact of design-build on public agency forces. The study found that all of the reporting agencies did not reduce their professional engineering workforce as a result of implementing design-build. Eighty-six percent of the respondents said that their professional workforce either remained the same or increased in size.


Jerry Yakowenko
Office of Program Administration
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