Full Design-Build Authority Passes in New Jersey

New Jersey lawmakers have passed sweeping new legislation the allows the use of design-build for all state and local governments. The bill passed both the House and Senate by overwhelming margins and now awaits the governor’s signature. New Jersey bill A1285 allows that any independent state transportation authority with an established prequalification, project rating, or proposal process for design-build contracts in place may continue to award design-build contracts pursuant to that process. Design-Build for local government or public school contracting units is limited to projects exceeding $5 million

Research shows design-build is the best performing delivery system for both schedule and cost and will deliver nearly half of all construction dollars this year and New Jersey now joins the majority of states with full or widely permitted design-build authorization. Only North Dakota and Iowa still prohibit the use of design-build. The timing is especially beneficial for New Jersey as Washington considers a multi-trillion dollars infrastructure investment plan. Design-build played a vital role in 2009 delivering projects through the American Recovery and Investment Act (ARRA) and is expected to, once again, be widely used by Owners to deliver projects quickly and efficiently in this recovery.

DBIA will host a free webinar with the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey April 15th to highlight how design-build is changing the game at PANYNJ. This free webinar will highlight the transition from mega projects to smaller “bread and butter” work plus the importance of using a holistic project approach. This session is the perfect opportunity to sample some of what’s ahead for attendees at DBIA’s 2021 Design-Build for Transportation/Aviation virtual Conference in April where we’ll host 3 days of targeted education specifically for transportation/aviation design-build teams.

Design-Build at the PANYNJ – Changing the Game

Thursday, April 15, 2021

 11:00 AM (EDT)

(1 CEU)


Catherine Valenzano,  APD Program Director, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Allison Agliardo, P.E., Operations Manager, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Joanne Iddon, Principal & Owner Advisor,  Arup


Geoff Neumayr, Chief Development Officer, San Francisco International Airport

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