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The National Academies

NCHRP 08-104 [Completed]

A Guidebook for Post-Award Contract Administration for Highway Projects Delivered Using Alternative Contracting Methods

  Project Data
Funds: $500,000
Research Agency: University of Colorado at Boulder
Principal Investigator: Keith Molenaar
Effective Date: 9/16/2016
Completion Date: 7/31/2019

BACKGROUND
 
There has been much research and reporting completed in the past decade on project delivery using alternative contracting methods (ACM) such as Design-Build (DB), Construction Manager-at-Risk (CMR), Construction Manager as General Contractor (CM/GC), and other non-traditional delivery methods. However, the bulk of this work has been accomplished with a keen focus on the pre-award procurement and project delivery method decision process. Information is lacking on effective methods for administering ACM contracts after they have been awarded. The FHWA’s Every Day Counts Program (EDC) has increased the need for guidance on administering ACM contracts by increasing the visibility of DB, CMGC, and Alternative Technical Concepts (ATC). There has been a large increase in the use of DB and CM/GC delivery methods by state agencies that have not used them before. Previous NCHRP research found that contract administration issues comprised the majority of the case law in ACMs. Research is needed to evaluate current methods for post-award contract administration of DB and CM/GC projects and prepare a guidebook describing the most effective methods available.
 
OBJECTIVE
 
The objective of this research was to produce practitioner’s guidebooks in AASHTO format for post-award contract administration of DB and CM/GC projects based on the identification and analysis of the methods utilized on the range of ACM projects.

STATUS:

The guidebooks and final report will be published as NCHRP Report 939, Guidebooks for Post-Award Contract Administration for Highway Projects Delivered Using Alternative Contracting Methods, in early 2020. Pre-publication drafts—subject to revision—are available to download: Volume 1, Design–Build Delivery; Volume 2, Construction Manager-General Contractor Delivery; and Volume 3, Final Report.

 

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