Sisters Creek Bridge Replacement Design-Build

2017 | Transportation | National Award of Merit

Design-Build Team Summary

Challenge Design-Build Project Delivery Addressed

FDOT has extensive experience using the design-build delivery method and FDOT District 2 has helped champion many complex projects using a two-phased, best value selection process. Design-build was selected as the preferred project delivery method primarily as a way to fast-track project delivery and the nature of the work. FDOT prefers the engineer and contractor be teamed together on high-level water crossings, as it maximizes the opportunity to achieve a lower bid, reduces the potential for cost overruns and reduces the construction duration.


The Sisters Creek Bridge is an excellent example of the application of the design-build delivery method to drive innovation, community and environmental enhancements, and best value for stakeholders. In collaboration with FDOT, the Archer Western/RS&H team overcame numerous project challenges, such as poor soils, pedestrian safety concerns and a constrained project site to deliver solutions in ways that were never thought possible. As a result, the community expressed resounding support for this project.

Design-Build Team

Client/Owner: Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District 2
Design-Builder: Archer Western
General Contractor: Archer Western
Engineers: RS&H, Inc., Peters & Yaffee,Inc.
Specialty Contractors: Hayward Baker, Inc., James D. Hinson Electrical Contracting Company, Inc.
Specialty Consultants: INTERA, Inc., James D. Hinson Electrical Contracting Company, Inc.
Other Team Members: Atlantic Coast Asphalt and Construction Company
Duration of Construction: 34 months
Project Cost: $43,700,000