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Streamlining Efficiency of Utility Delivery


Best Value Impact:
  • 0% contractor-generated change orders
  • 9.7 / 10.0 overall contractor satisfaction rating
Type: Construction
Contractor: Doublejack, Inc.

Location: Phoenix, AZ


Start Date: June 2013
Completion Date: January 2014

Bulk Civil Cable Replacement Project

srpIn May 2013, Salt River Project (SRP) successfully applied the Best Value process to select a contractor to perform electrical utility line installations and upgrades throughout the Phoenix Metro Area.  This project would provide needed electrical line replacement and ensure continuous uninterrupted power service to customers.  The work consisted of three smaller jobs that required boring, trenching, and rough set of various electrical support equipment.

Five SRP pre-qualified contractors submitted proposals on the project. The best-valued contractor selected was:

  • 2% under budget
  • 13% below the average cost proposals
  • Had a high-rated Proposal
  • Had the highest Interview Rating

SRP awarded the project to the best-valued contractor in June 2013.  The project had 0% contractor-generated cost increases and schedule delays.  Upon completion of the project, SRP personnel rated the overall satisfaction with the vendor a 9.7 (out of 10) and satisfaction with the best-value Process a 10.0 (out of 10).

The best-valued contractor reported spending less time in administrative and management effort (compared to traditional processes).  Overall, Best Value Process allowed the contractor to utilize their expertise and be more efficient in their overall delivery of the project (saving time and effort).

“We found the Best Value Process helpful in the way we managed this project as well how we will manage future projects. The communications aspect was definitely better than on past projects. Everyone was kept informed on all issues… We found the WRR useful as a tool to schedule ongoing projects as well as future projects.  As the contractor, we are pleased with the Best Value Process.” - Dave Anderson, Project Manager, Doublejack, Inc.

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Optimization of Construction Delivery


Type: Construction
Contractor: Mettler-Toledo, LLC

Location: Ashton, ID


Budget: $420,000


Start Date: September 2012
Completion Date: December 2012

Weigh In Motion Sensor System Project


Project Site (Pre-Construction)

In July 2012, the Idaho Department of Transportation (ITD) successfully applied the Best Value process to select a contractor to construct a Weigh In Motion (WIM) system. This project would provide ITD with the ability to capture video images and weigh vehicles while they are traveling along the highway. This information would enable traffic to be screened for static weighing and to transmit and store data for immediate retrieval by both ITD and the Montana DOT.

Two vendors submitted proposals on the project, and both were within the $420,000 budget. The best-valued contractor that was selected was approximately $26K higher in price, but had:

  • 114% higher-rated Risk Assessment Plan
  • 82% higher-rated Value Assessment Plan
  • 2% higher-scored Past Performance Information (on the firm, project manager, and supplier)
  • 150% higher-rated Interview

ITD awarded the project to the best-valued contractor in September 2012. ITD’s goal was to have the system up and running prior to the harsh winter weather in north-eastern Idaho. Despite having to stop work for 2 days due to unsafe working conditions on the highway, the contractor was still able to complete the project in December 2012, 3-days ahead of schedule. There were no contractor initiated change orders. Upon completion of the project, ITD personnel rated the overall satisfaction with the vendor a 10 (out of 10), and rated the Best Value process a 10 (out of 10).

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Optimization of the Design Process


Best Value Impact:

  • Quicker response time for client and designer interactions
  • Improved interactive agreement for design direction
  • Real time risk tracking during design development


Type: Design

Architect: Stantec

Location: Edmonton, Canada


Contract: $3,550,000


Start Date: March 2012

Completion Date: February 2013

Design for Redevelopment of an Iconic Building on Campus

The Best Value Procurement Model was used to select a design team for redevelopment of a 330k SF historical building. A Phased Selection process was used to assemble design team in 3 components to achieve the most advantageous team:

  • Architectural, Structural, Envelop
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical

The Owner and Vendor have seen Best Value optimize the design process in many ways:

  • Increased efficiency has been achieved via a faster response time for interactions between Client and Vendor.
  • Risk-focused performance measurement has aided the team in identifying key risks, collaboratively establishing mitigation strategies, and transparently tracking progress throughout design development.
  • Design Reports have been on time, met requirements, and had high Client satisfaction.
REFERENCE: Hugh Warren, Executive Director of Operations & Maintenance | | 780-492-6405

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Risk Management Process Reduces Costs


Schedule Delay: 0%
Cost Impacts: 1%

Contractor Change Orders: 0%

Satisfaction: 10 out of 10 vendor

risk rating by Client PM


Type: Construction (CMAR)

Contractor: Mortenson


Location: Minneapolis, MN


Contract: $51,000,000


Start Date: November 2011

Completion Date: November 2013

Physics & Nanotechnology Building (CMAR)

The experimental physics and nanotechnology advancement building will provide modern and highly flexible physics laboratory and laboratory support space, and nanotechnology space (including a 5,000-square-foot clean room). All told, the facility will contain 40 new research laboratories.

ASU helped implement the Best Value Model for risk management during project planning and delivery with successful; results. Adhering to this model has allowed the awarded contractor to limit overall cost increases to less than 1% of their planned cost, which was well below the allotted contingency budget. The Best Value performance measurement system has facilitated the ability of the project to stay on schedule for a planned completion date of November 2013, even though the project has seen a down economy and a State Government shutdown in 2011.

REFERENCE:  Mike Perkins, Associate VP of Capital Planning (Retired) | |612-877-0430

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Pre-Planning Enables Facility Optimization


Cost Savings: 35%
Schedule: 60% reduction

Contractor Change Orders: 0%

Type: Design Build Construction

Contractor: Stuart Olson Dominion Construction, LLC

Location: Edmonton, Canada


Contract: $21,000,000


Start Date: October 2011

Completion Date: December 2012

Design Build for High Tech Research Space

The University of Alberta redeveloped existing research space into a hot lab with a cyclotron particle accelerator. For this extremely complex project, the University used the Best Value Model for selection, pre-planning, and performance measurement.

The Best Value pre-planning process resulted in significant savings and optimization of facility operation.  As a result of the pre-planning process, the contractor identified & minimized unforeseen design and constructability risks before the project began.

“Best Value saved 14-18 months in schedule and $8-12M in cost when compared with traditional processes that would have resulted in change orders during construction” – Hugh Warren, Dir. Facilities & Operations

Using Best Value IPD, the project will be completed in approximately 18 months at $28M, whereas owner estimates of using a traditional delivery model would place the project at 48 months and $44 – 48M.

REFERENCE: Hugh Warren, Executive Director of Operations & Maintenance | | 780-492-6405

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