PARTNERING FOR PERFORMANCE--IOWA'S EXPERIENCE WITH DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION ENHANCEMENTS FOR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT OF CONCRETE PAVEMENTS

A strong and proven working relationship among the Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa's counties and cities, and the Iowa Concrete Paving Association is focused on meeting owners' needs by improving quality of workmanship, product, and innovative techniques. Partnering, a new paradigm for owner and contractor relations that emphasizes up-front team building, clear definition of common objectives, synchronized customs for rapid issue resolution, and joint evaluation of partnership effectiveness, is a popular objective of the 1990s. Construction partnering has existed in a limited form for years, but such relationships have found some difficulty of survival in a system in which the low bidder wins the contract, the taxpayer dollar is at stake, and the government may be sensitive to criticism of not spending the money wisely. Today, new partnering concepts to protect the public interest have been developed by contracting authority and contractor alliances with both parties. Most partnering has been between a contracting authority and contractor with mutual intent to construct a specific project. A more general partnership among the Iowa Department of Transportation, other Iowa contracting authorities, and the Iowa Concrete Paving Association is described. In 1992, Iowa contracting agencies and the concrete paving industry began an Iowa initiative for continuing quality improvement of concrete pavements. Through the Iowa partnership, changes have been made in standard designs, specifications, materials use, and construction techniques to enhance concrete pavement quality.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 62-66
  • Monograph Title: Concrete and concrete pavement construction
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00711781
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 19 1995 12:00AM