E1−12: Contractor Hired by Design Consultant to Perform Constructability Review
In January 1997, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) awarded a consultant contract to provide design services for the reconstruction of the James River Bridge carrying I−95 through downtown Richmond. As part of this contract a local construction contractor was hired to review construction alternatives for feasibility, cost, and timing.
REASON(S) FOR ADOPTING:
The replacement of the James River Bridge was a high visibility project with high traffic volumes. Involving a representative of the construction industry at the design phase helped eliminate problems during the construction phase.
This construction contract included several uncommon provisions including strict limits on impacts to traffic requiring innovative construction practices, staged construction with completion dates for each phase and A+B bidding. Having a construction contractor on−board has assisted the design consultant and VDOT in developing a project that was feasible to construct and financially responsible.
MOST APPLICABLE LOCATION(S)/PROJECT(S):
Any project requiring innovative construction techniques or major traffic impacts.
STATE(S) WHERE UTILIZED:
Frank Gee, State Construction Engineer, Virginia DOT
Telephone: (804) 786−2785