Performance Specifications for Rapid Renewal

<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="3">Many states are experimenting with specifications and warranties to assure that all work is performed properly the first time, and to reduce or eliminate construction delays, particularly on highway renewal projects where the need to minimize disruption is paramount. </font><font size="3">Specifications used by state departments of transportation (DOTs) generally attempt to describe how a construction contractor should conduct certain operations using minimum standards of equipment and materials.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>These prescriptive specifications, commonly known as method specifications, have served admirably in the past when an experienced workforce conducted repetitive operations.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>However, rapid renewal projects often require more creativity and innovation. </font><font size="3">Alternative specification language is needed that is less prescriptive and that more adequately describes the performance required in the final product, while ensuring that accelerated timelines are met and quality is maintained.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Language that describes how a product should perform in service will reduce prescriptive requirements and concentrate on measurement of factors critical to the performance of the final product. The term "performance specifications" is becoming more commonplace, but general agreement on a definition is still developing.  </font><font size="3">As used in this document, <strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">specification, </em></strong>if bolded and italicized, is meant to include performance specifications, incentive-based specifications, performance-based warranties, and contracting strategies that achieve a performance measure goal, such as a shorter time line, and that maintain or improve quality. Examples of such contracting strategies include A+B, lane rental, incentive/disincentive, and value engineering. </font></p>


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project R07

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Strategic Highway Research Program 2

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Bryant, James

  • Performing Organizations:

    Trauner Consulting Services, Incorporated

    1500 Walnut Street, Suite 800
    Philadelphia, PA  USA  19102
  • Principal Investigators:

    Scott, Sid

  • Start Date: 20070227
  • Actual Completion Date: 20120226
  • Source Data: RiP Project 16701

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  • Accession Number: 01460046
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project R07
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:17PM