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RESEARCH ROUNDUP

The Nevada DOT Conference on Innovative and Effective Partnering

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PI had the pleasure of being a part of the Nevada DOT Conference on Innovative and Effective Partnering in Reno, Nevada April 4th-6th. The event showcased successful Partnering initiatives and best practices—but

it enables agencies and industry to deepen their understanding of what makes Partnering work and of common barriers. Effective programs will establish a forum to generate and use

most important, it highlighted what the future of Partnering

industry input, establish Partnering program goals, foster

might bring to heavy civil construction.

the commitment and participation among stakeholders at the highest levels of leadership, and track progress toward

The conference was planned in coordination with an

established goals. Establishing a Partnering program provides

executive panel made up of the Nevada Department of

agencies the opportunities to track changes and trends in their

Transportation, the Associated General Contractors, the

Partnering program, monitor and cross-reference results, and

Federal Highway Administration, the American Road and

make evidence-based decisions for continuous improvement.

Transportation Builders Association, the Ohio Department

Agencies with well-established programs will truly get the most

of Transportation, Q&D Construction, and Jacobs. Varied

out of their Partnering efforts.

perspectives allowed for the conference to deliver knowledge and understanding on Partnering that anyone in construction

Partnering and Alternative Delivery

could use, whether funding and planning agencies, owners, industry or facilitation professionals.

Renee Hoesktra, RHA LLC and Julia Kliewer, State Construction and Materials Engineer for Arizona Department of Transportation

Building on the premise of the conference: innovation and

Heavy civil construction has recently seen a rise in the

effectiveness, sessions expanded upon the notion of “basic

adoption of alternative delivery methods, particularly with

Partnering” to consider evolutions in construction such as risk

design-build and CM-At-Risk (or CM / GC). These methods have

management processes, e-construction and alternative contract

grown in popularity because they support greater construction

and delivery methods. What are some of the innovations to

input during the planning and design phase, as compared to

construction Partnering? And how must Partnering—a team

the more “siloed” nature of design-bid-build.

management strategy—adapt with regards to evolving project management strategies?

Agencies that regularly partner design-bid-build projects need to consider some adaptations to partnering on design-build

Programmatic Partnering

and CMAR. As a team management strategy, Partnering should

Kick-Start Your Partnering Program: Ohio Department of Transportation (DOT), Nevada DOT and Caltrans shared their experience in developing an effective program.

kick-off as soon as the team is brought together. In design-build

Many state agencies that regularly partner their construction projects have developed Partnering programs to oversee these efforts. This is a telling advance in construction Partnering, as 14

Partnering Magazine April–June 2017

or CMAR, this is during the design phase rather than when construction kicks-off. Partnering in the design phase includes a different set of participants, is led by the design team, and will focus on design rather than construction goals. Partnering during design provides the team with the opportunity to www.partneringinstitute.org

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Partnering Magazine April-June 2017  

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