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Accelerating Project Delivery Methods - FAQs

General Questions

What is project delivery?

Project delivery is a description of the contracting methods and relationships between the owner, designer, and contractor required to design and build a construction project. Project delivery methods include Design-Bid-Build(DBB), Design-Build(DB), and Construction Manager/General Contractor(CM/GC). The project delivery process includes: planning, budgeting, financing, environmental analysis, design, construction, and may include operations and maintenance as well.

How long does a typical transportation project take?

According to a 2002 GAO Report, Preliminary Information on the Timely Completion of Highway Construction Projects, the time required to complete an average highway project varies widely. This time will depend on the size of the project, its complexity, and the public interest in the project. Some projects may take as few as 3 years, while others may take more than 13 years.

What is the role of the transportation agency under accelerated project delivery?

State DOTs typically manage and control the full cycle of project delivery, from inception through construction. They may elect to contract with engineering consultants or construction contractors to perform various services related to the project development process

How do accelerated project delivery methods affect small businesses?

Design Build projects provide opportunities for small business (as subcontractors) to perform substantial portions of design-build projects. According to survey responses, from the FHWA's January 2006 Report to Congress on the Effectiveness of Design-Build, the roles played by small business contractors on completed design-build projects are similar to their roles on traditional building projects. from the FHWA's January 2006 Report to Congress on the Effectiveness of Design-Build, the roles played by small business contractors on completed design-build projects are similar to their roles on traditional building projects. While it has not yet been studied, CM/GC should not adversely impact small business.

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