New York is still playing catch up with the rest of country when it comes to design-build

Will the state finally expand the delivery system to all agencies this year?

TRD NEW YORK /
Dec.December 27, 2016 08:36 AM

State and city officials have been beating the design-build drum for some time — but with $100 billion planned in infrastructure projects, the call to expand the procurement process has intensified.

New York lags behind the rest of the country in terms of who can implement the project delivery system: Only a few state agencies can actually employ design-build, while in 25 other states, all agencies can use it, the New York Times reported. Earlier this year, the state expanded design-build authority to the Empire State Development Corporation, paving the way for the system to be used on the $1 billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Center. Still, a bill seeking to expand the practice to all state agencies and to some New York City agencies died in committee last year despite vocal support from public officials and prominent trade groups. The issue is expected to surface again in next year’s legislative session.

Design-build is touted as a time and money saver, since it involves only one contract and places the onus of staying on schedule and on budget on the private sector. State officials estimate that the $3.9 billion replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge saved at least $1.5 billion because of design-build. Critics, though, worry that expanding the practice could lead to fewer public sector jobs as more and more work is contracted out by government agencies.

“In that subjectivity a whole host of sins can be camouflaged, and you risk creating a system rife with favoritism and corruption,” James Cahill, president of the New York State Building & Construction Trades Council, told the Times. [NYT]Kathryn Brenzel 


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Long Island Cheat Sheet: Nassau’s Laura Curran discusses development and Airbnb, environmental review delays Belmont Park project… & more

Long Island Cheat Sheet: Nassau’s Laura Curran discusses development and Airbnb, environmental review delays Belmont Park project… & more

Clockwise from top left: Manhattan law firm to go to bat for $1B Belmont Park arena project, Suffolk officials give go ahead to Ronkonkoma development plan, Jericho office complex sells for $15.7M and Judge OKs $14M sale of Shirley's Downing College campus.

Long Island Cheat Sheet: Suffolk officials greenlight Ronkonkoma plan … & more

Empire Outlets scores another $20M state grant

Empire Outlets scores another $20M state grant

BlackRock agrees to 20-year, 850K sf lease at Related’s 50 Hudson Yards

BlackRock agrees to 20-year, 850K sf lease at Related’s 50 Hudson Yards

State mulls South Bronx megaproject over rail yard

State mulls South Bronx megaproject over rail yard

Empire State Development exec leaving for YMCA

Empire State Development exec leaving for YMCA

Empire State Development changes course, backs BK Bridge Park’s Pier 6

Empire State Development changes course, backs BK Bridge Park’s Pier 6

Javits Center contracts draw concern in light of state, federal probes

Javits Center contracts draw concern in light of state, federal probes

arrow_forward_ios
Loading...