How Large Projects are Being Re-assessed as it Pertains to Size and Risk

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2024

Large projects have become more and more challenging to deliver under the Design Build Delivery model. Learn how owners are assessing their programs and developing strategies in partnership with the industry to deliver these much-needed projects. Owners will share how they are re-evaluating risks on these projects regarding risk allocations and pre-work to help mitigate risks as well as their approach to segmentation or phasing improvements to make smaller projects. Input from industry is critical to ensure projects can be delivered effectively and efficiently where there is healthy competition and opportunities. Consideration will be made to add a contractor to the panel to discuss a particular owner’s approach and how the industry has helped provide input on owner’s that are re-assessing their approach to projects. Questions for the panel will be open to the audience but intent will be to understand risk concerns and the different approaches owners may take as well as contractors, designers as well as the sub-contractors that are so critical to project success. It is anticipated that the panel will consist of 3 DOT owners that will present their program approaches and how they are approaching large DB projects differently. 


1. Owners are listening and reacting to industry and input counts from all parties.  

2. The different considerations that owner’s go through when assessing how best to segment a larger project into multiple smaller projects.  

3. The major risks owners are re-assessing to deliver large projects and their approaches to help protect contractors from unknown risks.  

4. The challenges owner’s have in developing sound contract language that can share risks

Jeffrey Roby, P.E., DBIA

Assistant State Engineer-Alternative Project Delivery Division

Virginia Department of Transportation

Mr. Roby is currently serving as the Assistant State Engineer APD (Alternative Project Delivery Division) for the Virginia Department of Transportation where he supervises staff to develop policies and procedures to the ensure consistent application and timely delivery of VDOT’s statewide Design-Build Program.  

Mr. Roby Joined the Department of Transportation in 2006 bringing over 20 years of experience in the design, analysis, and inspection of highway bridge structures.  He received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.  Mr. Roby is also a licensed professional engineer, DBIA certified and serves on the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA) Design-Build Committee.

Dan Hurtado

Director, Office of Construction

Florida Department of Transportation

Dan has a master’s degree in Structural Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in Florida. Dan spent the early portion of his career performing transportation and site design before transitioning to a specialty in structures. Dan has 16 years of experience with FDOT, having served in the offices of Information Support, Environmental Management, General Counsel, Specifications, and Construction.

Ryan Mitchell, PMP, DBIA

Manager - MDOT Innovative Contracting Unit

Michigan Department of Transportation

Ryan M. Mitchell, DBIA, PMP, is Manager of MDOT’s Innovative Contracting Unit, a centralized, specialized team responsible for MDOT’s alternative delivery program. Mr. Mitchell has over 13 years of experience in alternative delivery program management and more than 18 years in the industry. Previous to his time at MDOT, Ryan supported P3 and DB projects for Nevada DOT, Texas DOT, Alaska DOT&PF, Pennsylvania DOT, Virginia DOT and Illinois DOT as well as other transportation agencies.

Phil Schwab

V.P., Leed Highway Engineer


Phil is a graduate of NC State University and  has over 30 years of experience with over 22 years in alternative delivery. Phil he specializes in owner support services for large projects and programs including advisor services for alternative delivery projects. Phil has identified and developed risk management strategies and approaches in the development of projects prior to procurement as during and post procurement  in multiple states around the country.


How Large Projects are Being Re-assessed as it Pertains to Size and Risk
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