A Guidebook for the Evaluation of Project Delivery Methods

Developers of major public and private projects in the United States and elsewhere are using a variety of project delivery methods to complete those projects. In the United States, transit projects have been traditionally carried out through a design-bid-build process. There is considerable interest on the part of transportation agencies in alternative forms of project delivery and their potential benefits. However, a comprehensive discussion of the benefits and disadvantages of these methods in the context of the United States transit environment is lacking. Furthermore, while U.S. transit agencies have considerable experience contracting for the operation and maintenance of facilities and services, there is a need to explore the benefits and drawbacks of linking this practice with project delivery methods (e.g. design-bid, design-bid-build, and construction manager-at-risk). The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook to help transit agencies (1) evaluate and select the most appropriate project delivery method for major capital projects and (2) evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of including operations and maintenance as a component of a contract for the project delivery system. The project delivery methods to be discussed in the guidebook are (a) design-bid-build, (b) design-build, and (c) construction manager-at-risk.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $300000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project G-08

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

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

    Chisholm-Smith, Gwen

  • Performing Organizations:

    Northeastern University

    Division of Research Management
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA  United States  02115
  • Principal Investigators:

    Touran, Ali

  • Start Date: 20061003
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20081031
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11729

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462949
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transit Cooperative Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project G-08
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:13PM