AASHTO Partnering Handbook, Second Edition

Partnering is a tool to improve stakeholder relationships by providing a framework for communication and problem solving with the goal of win/win outcomes. The partnering process aims to foster a team environment where challenges are addressed as a group and disputes are resolved early in order to create positive outcomes on project performance. Partnering on highway transportation projects is popular throughout the country and has been in use both formally and informally by state departments of transportation (DOTs) for over 20 years. Many DOT construction contracts contain general provisions regarding the partnering process. The Ohio and Texas DOTs conducted research studies on the effectiveness of partnering in the mid-1990s, whose findings indicated that there were quantifiable benefits for employing partnering on traditional design-bid-build contracts. The 2005 publication of the AASHTO Partnering Handbook includes guidance on developing metrics and appears to be the only national guidance focused on highway construction partnering. Since that time, project delivery has undergone significant changes due to the adoption of alternative delivery methods (ADM) such as construction manager/general contractor (CMGC), design-build (DB), public-private partnerships (P3), and other methods that were not prevalent during the time periods covered by the Ohio and Texas studies or the 2005 AASHTO Partnering Handbook. Consequently, research is needed to assess the costs and benefits of a formal partnering process relevant to current project delivery practices and to update the 2005 AASHTO Partnering Handbook. The objectives of this research are to (a) quantify the costs and benefits of a formal partnering process and (b) prepare a recommended AASHTO Partnering Handbook, Second Edition.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $400000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 19-10

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Iowa State University, Ames

    Institute for Transportation
    2711 South Loop Drive, Suite 4700
    Ames, Iowa  United States  50010-8664
  • Principal Investigators:

    Gransberg, Douglas

  • Start Date: 20150409
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37541

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543520
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 19-10
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 17 2014 1:01AM