Design-Build Effectiveness Study: As Required by TEA-21 Section 1307(f)

The purpose of this study is to report on the effectiveness of design-build contracting procedures in the Federal-aid highway program, as required by Section 1307 (f) of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). To fulfill these study objectives, the analysis framework provides an objective basis for evaluating the impacts and implications of design-build contracting. The study focuses on capital projects in the Federal-aid highway program that were authorized under the Special Experimental Project Number 14 (SEP-14) Program and administered using design-build contracting by state transportation agencies, toll agencies, and local public agencies. Information was collected by web-based survey instruments regarding state design-build programs (as of the calendar year ending 2002), selected design-build projects performed under these programs, and comparable design-bid-build projects when provided by respondents. Only projects completed by the end of calendar year 2002 were considered for the fact finding surveys to ensure that complete project performance histories could be obtained and to establish a consistent basis for assessing the performance of design-build contracting on Federal-aid projects. Design-bid-build, the more traditional form of project delivery used by state and local transportation agencies, served as the comparative basis for assessing the impacts of design-build project delivery. Additional information from prior or concurrent studies regarding the relative cost, schedule, and quality impacts of design-build versus design-bid-build project delivery was considered and included as comparative findings when applicable in terms of project types and delivery approaches considered.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Bibliography; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 215p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01446008
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 6 2012 9:18AM