The Nevada DOT Conference on Innovative and Effective Partnering
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
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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
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
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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