Advancing Design-Build: Benefits to Partnering on Illinois’s 1st Transportation Design-Build Project

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2024

The Houbolt Road Project is the first transportation design-build project in Illinois, which is one of the few states without alternative delivery legislation for transportation. Our goal is to help drive the legislation forward by sharing successful strategies with contractors, DOT’s and design firms, that have an Illinois presence and a reservation about the Illinois design-build legislation. Our presenters will highlight a relatable approach to techniques that were used to educate third-party stakeholders during the subtleties of the design-build process and will also feature successes in expediting the third-party approvals necessary to proceed with construction.For national attendees of the presentation, our presenters will share the nuances of a design-build involving a private owner and strategies and tools that were used to facilitate partnering through transparency and collaboration between all parties. As the industry is aware, privately lead infrastructure projects may encounter more challenges and delays to obtain permits and approvals than DOT lead projects. Our presentation will share the assertive communication approach the design-builder and owner utilized, that was critical to communicating modifications to the preliminary design and expediting approvals necessary to move the project forward. 


1. Strategies of Improving Transparency and Partnering between Owners, Contractor and Designers 

2. Best Practices to Improve Collaboration and Reduce the Permitting Approval Process with 3rd Part Stakeholders 

3. Approach to Improve the Agreement Negotiations 

4. Advancing Constructability and ATC’s

Michael Mack

Director of Alternative Delivery Design

Burns and McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.

Mike has over 30 years of engineering design and construction experience on complex multi-discipline highway and infrastructure projects throughout the Midwest. He is the Director of Alternative Delivery Design at Burns & McDonnell, overseeing the Transportation related business development and management of the alternative delivery group. Mike previously worked at AECOM. He has lead projects up to $1.0B in construction value and recently served as the Design Manger of the Houbolt Design-Build Project.

Pat Shea

IL/IA Area Manager

Kraemer North America

Pat is the IL/IA Area Manager for Kraemer North America with 20+ years of construction management experience on large transportation projects focused on infrastructure improvements and roadway extensions. Experience includes alternative delivery, accelerated bridge construction, structural concrete, beam erection, construction phasing, demolition planning and solution based planning to unique challenges.

Bill Moore, P.E.

Project Executive

Granite Construction

Bill has 15 years in the heavy civil construction industry and currently serves as a Project Executive for Granite Construction Company’s Midwest Region. He has national experience in delivering major infrastructure projects including several large design-build projects. Bill has worked on numerous projects including interchanges, railroads, moveable bridges, and cable stayed bridges. He has experience in all phases of the project lifecycle on both traditional and alternate procurement models.

Ken Szeliga

VP of Construction and Operations

United Bridge Partners

Ken has 35 plus years of diversified engineering and construction experience specializing in project and program management overseeing complex public and private sector projects. Ken serves as UBPs VP of Construction and Operations overseeing the completion of projects from permitting, through design and construction. Ken previously worked at Jacobs and AECOM. He also served as the program manager of Colorado Bridge Enterprise - the bridge reconstruction program for the Colorado Department of Transportation.


Advancing Design-Build: Benefits to Partnering on Illinois’s 1st Transportation Design-Build Project
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