InTrans / Dec 13, 2021

InTrans hosts peer exchange on project delivery methods

Representatives from state DOTs share their experiences with alternative delivery methods during the peer exchange

Transportation agencies have been involved in successful project delivery since their foundations, but there’s always room for improvement.

At least, that’s what a group of about 50 people gathered together to discuss during a recent peer exchange hosted by the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) on alternative delivery methods.

“It’s not about fixing what’s broken. It’s about finding a way to do it better,” said Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) Chief Operating Officer Troy Jerman to close out the peer exchange.

The goal of the event was to aid the Iowa DOT in making more informed decisions regarding the use of alternative delivery in Iowa after hearing the successes and challenges of other transportation agencies.

The peer exchange led by InTrans’ Construction Management and Technology Program Director Jennifer Shane brought together representatives from the Federal Highway Administration, state DOTs, and consultants to offer a variety of perspectives and experiences.

Though many transportation agencies across the US use the traditional design-bid-build project delivery method, many states have also started using alternative methods that include design-build and construction manager/general contractor to deliver infrastructure to the traveling public.

Peter Davich of MnDOT discusses his state’s experiences with alternative delivery methods during a group discussion

The state DOTs—from Colorado, Delaware, Minnesota, Missouri, and Montana—represented agencies with a range of experiences, including newer users of alternative delivery methods and those well-versed in using them.

In addition to presentations, the daylong peer exchange included several group discussions and question-and-answer sessions where the attendees could have a dialogue with the speakers. The group discussions focused on the project development process, challenges with various aspects of alternative delivery methods, and on risk mitigation.

Shane said after the event that she was pleased with the facilitated discussions throughout the day and hoped they would help the Iowa DOT with its transition to include alternative delivery methods in its projects.