Best Practices for Environmental Analysis & Permitting in Transportation Design-Build Projects

June 27, 2018


Best Practices for Environmental Analysis & Permitting in Transportation Design-Build Projects

Presenters: Baabak Ashuri, Ph.D, DBIA, CCP, DRMP, Associate Professor, Georgia Tech
                     David Hannon, PE

Price: $50 for members and $75 for non-members

CEUs: 1.5

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 (quanti¬fication 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.



Schedule: June 27, 2018

Format: Webinar