Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 45-16. Alliance Contracting--Evolving Alternative Project Delivery

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Transportation Construction Management Steering Group is an outgrowth of the 2004 Construction Management International SCAN. Its purpose is to disseminate information on procedures and processes to improve construction management. It has been very active in collecting, synthesizing and disseminating effective practices on alternative project delivery methods such as design-build (DB), construction manager/general contractor (CMGC), and public private partnerships (P3). One visible result of the group's success is the inclusion of DB and CMGC in both FHWA Every Day Counts initiatives. A number of the agencies that have implemented integrated delivery methods expressed an interest at the EDC 2012 Summits in learning more about project delivery using "Alliancing" a method uncovered in the 2005 CM and the 2009 P3 International SCAN reports. At this point, there appears to be no US public sector experience with alliance contracting. Hence, a synthesis that provides the fundamental information on this potential project delivery method is needed to allow transportation agencies to determine whether or not this highly collaborative approach is right for their capital improvement programs. The objectives of this synthesis are to: (1) Describe the state-of-the-practice in the use of Alliance contracts for transportation design, construction, and maintenance projects in use outside the United States (US0; (2) Identify the key elements and commercial terms of an Alliance contracting framework, including advertising, procuring, and awarding; (3) Identify procurement procedures that demonstrate competition among the highly qualified firms; (4) Synthesize current Alliance contract pricing methods, including establishing the target price, team compensation, and cash flow; (5) Identify and document procedures and processes that support transparency and objectivity in the Alliance award process; (6) Identify legal, political and cultural impediments, at both U.S. state and federal levels; (7) Identify and document effective Alliance contract administration, quality assurance, and close-out practices; (8) Portray known benefits and challenges of Alliancing (9) Identify outreach and education efforts that were used successfully by transportation agencies in implementing Alliance contracts for transportation projects; (10) Identify types of projects or programs that fit the Alliance model; (11) Identify research needs, based on gaps in knowledge; (12) Gather illustrative contract documents. Information will be gathered from primary and secondary sources, as needed. Information for this study will be gathered from international and US private sector (including vertical IPD) experience. The synthesis will present a sufficient number of cases to portray the advantages and disadvantages of successful and unsuccessful Alliancing, including information on the objective above.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

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

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis

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

    Williams, Jon

  • Performing Organizations:

    Gransberg, Doug, Consultant

  • Principal Investigators:

    Gransberg, Doug

  • Start Date: 20131102
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37740

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543885
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 22 2014 1:03AM