UDOT Wins Transportation Owner of the Year Award

An organization dedicated to best practices in the Design-Build method of project delivery has given the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) top honors.

The poster shows the growth of UDOT Design-Build from 6% in 2007 to 40% in 2009.

UDOT has received the 2010 Transportation Owner of the Year Award from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).  As a project owner, “UDOT has consistently reaped the benefits of both innovation and high value,” according to the DBIA.

“Throughout the process of developing its design-build program, UDOT implemented a variety of best practices that helped to ensure success, including clearly identifying risks and assigning appropriately to the Design-Build Team or the Owner, emphasizing and clearly stating the criteria RFP, and creating a transparent selection process.” (Read the entire DBIA award text here.)

Many people at UDOT have contributed says Randy Park, UDOT Director of Project Development. “The DBIA Owner of the Year Award is a great honor for the Department, and is a result of so many people in all areas of our Department.  They have utilized Design Build for all types of projects, and have been innovative in maximizing the benefits that it provides in project delivery.  This award is yet another example of the thinking out of the box, and making us a leader in the transportation industry.”
The U.S. 89 bridges moving southward near I-15. Building bridges off-site then moving the new structures into place is one way UDOT minimizes travel delay and inconvenience for the traveling public

Bridges that are replaced quickly save time and money for road users. In this image, the two U.S 89 Bridges are under construction before being moved into place. Requirements that contractors minimize construction related travel delay are included in many Design-Build contracts.