A Report on the NCHRP 10-99 Project Framework for Implementing Constructability Across the Entire Project Development Process: NEPA to Final Design

The concept of constructability was introduced into the construction industry in the 1980s as “the optimum use of construction knowledge and experience in planning, design, procurement, and field operations to achieve [the] overall project objective” (1). Research has documented several key benefits of conducting constructability reviews (CRs), including: reduced cost, shorter schedules, improved quality, fewer claims, and fewer change orders. In the highway sector, several state departments of transportation (DOTs) have applied constructability to their projects. The motivation behind the National Cooperative Highway Research Project (NCHRP 10-99) is the quandary in which DOTs now find themselves due to the advent of integrated fast-track construction project delivery systems, increasingly demanding environmental permitting requirements and the NEPA process. At the heart of this project is the CRs' current lack of effectiveness in meeting the demands of the industry for delivering construction contract documents in a timely manner, free from errors and promoting buildable projects. Also of interest is the lack of uniformity in the CR process from state to state. The objective of this project is to develop a decision-making Framework that is scalable to all contract delivery methods and complies with all environmental statutory requirements. This paper aims to review the NCHRP 10-99 and its progress as of the submission date of this report. Following a comprehensive literature review, different phases and the tasks assigned to each phase are explained. The status of the project and results of performing the first set of interviews with state DOTs are also presented.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee AFH10 Standing Committee on Construction Management.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

  • Authors:
    • Samsami, Reihaneh
    • Minchin, R Edward
    • Tran, Dan
    • Tian, Yifeng
    • Scott, Sidney
    • D'Angelo, Daniel
    • Schexnayder, Cliff
    • Russell, Jeffery
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2019


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01697634
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 19-04686
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2018 9:33AM