National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planning, environmental permitting and post-award environmental management (e.g., NEPA re-evaluations and permit modifications) are identified as the critical path for delivery of transportation design-build projects. NEPA documents for traditional design-bid-build project delivery have often been very prescriptive in nature (e.g., specifying the number of lanes to have on a highway, interchange types, ROW acquisition, etc.). Therefore, it is critical to understand that the prescriptive approach that is often used in the environmental analysis of design-bid-build projects, should not be applied to design-build projects. Due to the fast-track nature of design-build delivery and its inherent differences from traditional project delivery, the environmental analysis and permitting process needs to be modified and enhanced to accommodate the awarded design-builder’s proposed design (e.g., allow innovation in the solution) and avoid potential complications. This webinar describes a set of strategies to enhance the efficiency of environmental tasks in the design-build environment in the following areas: (1) Identification of environmental resources and coordination with regulatory agencies; (2) NEPA Process (quantification and mitigation of environmental impacts); and (3) Acquiring environmental permitting.
Owners can learn strategies for environmental planning and permitting that will provide more flexibility to design-build Teams and improve innovation.
Owners can learn strategies on timing for different types of environmental permits in order to gain the most innovation, cost, and schedule benefits.
Design Builders can learn what owners expect and gain a better understanding of the environmental planning and permitting processes so they understand the impacts of proposed ATCs or other changes.
Everyone will learn how to manage re-evaluations post award and strategies to minimize their need and expedite their approval.
Ph.D, DBIA, CCP, DRMP,