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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: May 10, 2023 10:59 AM
From: Representative James B. Struzzi, II
To: All House members
Subject: Design Build Legislation
I am introducing legislation amending the state Procurement Code permitting PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission to use the Design Build- Best Value Procurement (DBBV) method in some instances.

Pennsylvania procurement law and case law requires that all contract construction work performed for PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission be contracted solely through the current procurement method.  In certain instances, it is desirable for both the Commonwealth and the design and construction industry to combine procurement into what is known as “Design Build- Best Value Procurement (DBBV)”.

DBBV allows certain qualifications to be considered when selecting a design and construction team to jointly complete a construction project.  The proposed legislation would, under limited circumstances, allow PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission to procure construction under this method of procurement, rather than through the current procurement system.

Some benefits of Design Build Best Value Procurement:
  • Overall project timeline can decrease resulting in faster project completion.
  • Concurrent activities may be streamlined, resulting in cost effective projects.
  • More collaboration between design and construction is achieved.
  • Effective for Complex Projects, allowing for private sector innovation.
  • Less demand on PennDOT and Turnpike Commission engineering and project oversight resources.
  • Risk sharing is greater between owner and contractor.
  • Fewer work orders occur due to the collaborative nature of the system and often Design-Build projects have reduced claims and claims litigation.
Passage of this legislation will give the Commonwealth another procurement method that may be advantageous to the taxpayer and is used in many states around the country. I welcome your support of my legislation.

Introduced as HB1327