A successful design-build project requires strong collaboration between the owner and design-builder, a team of architects, engineers and builders, writes RS&H Design-Build Manager Rob Smedley in his P3 World column. Partnering sessions are crucial to ensuring that all parties are on the same page before work progresses. The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) points [...]
Progressive design-build is prevalent in the water and wastewater market sector. However, this procurement type has lagged in the transportation market, specifically the heavy highway market. Could progressive design-build mitigate the liability concerns associated with traditional design-build in other markets? The answer is yes.
RS&H Vice President Jim Avitabile has been a big part of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) in his home state of Florida. As region president, he helped expand DBIA membership, diversified initiatives and implemented a successful awards program that made the region financially sustainable. It only make sense that Avitabile is being recognized [...]
Has the American public become a society of shunpikers? Chirstine O'Laughlin explores toll road avoidance and how to positively affect overall public opinion on tolling.
With all of the variable approaches to tolling, the one constant we seem to face is opposition. The success of the interstate system and gas tax funding make it difficult for some individuals to accept pricing in providing transportation solutions. Do not be surprised by resistance. Even if your project represents substantial improvement [...]
The tolling aspects of operations and maintenance are usually a high priority during pre-procurement and procurement. Through all the ups and downs of procurement there is not much time for owners to plan their management of the implementation, let alone the operations and long term maintenance. The details of the owner’s management processes, staffing and resources typically don’t get developed until sometime during construction when the operating period starts to become a reality. As the project moves forward and milestones are reached in both design and construction, the owner is able to take a step back and ask the question, “Now what?”
As we continue to see the many new advances that are being made in the area of transportation technology, we cannot help but wonder what the transportation and tolling industry will look like in 10 to 15 years. Will the current business models for tolling agencies be the same? Will the need for [...]
Last month, we discussed how some states have been successful using Public-Private Partnerships (P3) as a tool to deliver transportation projects. South Florida’s Interstate 595 P3 project is one such project, finishing years ahead of schedule and achieving superior results for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) because of this alternative solution.
Toll agencies often find themselves in a financial conundrum. This usually happens when you measure the costs associated with collecting tolls from customers who refuse to pay initially against the toll revenue and fees ultimately collected. If agencies don’t follow certain measures to control their spending, they may end up losing money versus gaining revenue.