The 25-year Design-Build-Operate-Maintain Harbor Bridge project in Corpus Christi, Texas demonstrates how enhanced collaboration between an Owner and their design-build team can lead to success during the procurement phase. With over 950 questions submitted, 70 one-on-one meetings, 268 evaluation clarification responses, and two full rounds of ATCs, TxDOT recognized the project's uniqueness and complexities, which resulted in mutually agreeable and appropriately assigned risk.
Understand the requirements of the RFQ and RFP and communicate clearly to resolve questions
Provide every possible opportunity for face-to-face interaction when the Owner’s information is submitted or received
Don’t be afraid to make adjustments to the procurement documents
Make every effort to understand each other’s perspectives