Best value procurements for highway design-bid-build projects Kolli, Bharath R.; Tran, Daniel
Best value procurement is the process in which factors additional to price are considered in the selection of a contractor. Time, operation and maintenance, technical and managerial merit, and past performance are the other key factors considered along with price in best value projects. Compared to the low-bid procurement, best value procurement offers several advantages, including opportunities to improve project quality, promote innovation, and enhance project performance. Best value procurement, while commonplace in highway design-build (D-B) projects, is limited in use for design-bid-build (D-B-B) projects. This paper explores the procedure and existing practices of D-B-B best value contracts for highway projects. Data was collected from a survey questionnaire, structured interviews, and case studies. The survey questionnaire was nationwide distributed to 52 state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) to identify the practices of using best value procurement in transportation projects. The seven structured interviews and four case studies were conducted in detail to investigate the opportunities and challenges of evaluation criteria, selection methodologies, and evaluation committee structure in D-B-B best value projects. The results indicate that evaluation criteria and selection methods are established on a project-by-project basis. The owner agency should develop selection criteria and establish evaluation committees that are most beneficial to a given project. This paper provides some guidance for state DOTs to use best value procurement for their D-B-B projects.
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