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Collaborative Project Delivery Methods: New Models Aim to De-risk North America's Heavy Civil Infrastructure Markets

February 27, 2024 (2 min read)

Major design-build projects have been in the news over the past few years for the wrong reasons. From the I-4 Ultimate in Florida to the Purple Line in Maryland (procured through a public-private partnership), to another Purple Line on the West Coast, in Los Angeles (where Skanska is suing LA Metro for nearly $2 billion in damages), major heavy civil projects procured through design-build have been problematic in nearly every corner of the country.

In response, the industry has started to shift to more collaborative procurement models, including progressive design-build, integrated project delivery, and alliances, all of which have historically been more pervasive overseas but are increasingly gaining traction in the U.S. Each of these models purport to de-risk large, complex projects by, among other things, deferring agreement on a construction price until the design reaches a higher level of completion.


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