Does Design‐Build Always Expedite Project Delivery: Insights from SCDOT’s Historical Data from the Past Decade

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is interested in providing research assistance to improve the Department’s current design-build delivery method for highway transportation projects. Evaluation measures for effectively selecting suitable projects for the design-build model to deliver optimal results have not been fully developed. In addition, the comparison of design-build and design-bid-build project delivery methods and how that comparison affects project selection has not been investigated. The objective of this research is to: a) evaluate and refine SCDOT’s project selection process that determines if design-build is the most appropriate method for delivery of a project; b) identify the most effective design-build tools/processes/best practices along with how and when they are incorporated into the design-build procurement process; c) identify and develop an effective cost estimating process for design-build; and d) develop a measuring process for SCDOT to evaluate the effectiveness of design-build projects upon completion.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $300,000
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      South Carolina Department of Transportation

      955 Park Street
      P.O. Box 191
      Columbia, SC  United States  29202-0191

      Federal Highway Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Swygert, Terry

    • Performing Organizations:

      Georgia Institute of Technology

      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
      790 Atlantic Drive
      Atlanta, GA  United States  30322
    • Principal Investigators:

      Ashuri, B

    • Start Date: 20220223
    • Expected Completion Date: 20240822
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01776267
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: South Carolina Department of Transportation
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jul 8 2021 12:33PM