I-480 Valley View Bridge: A Design-Build Risk Management Journey Done Right

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2024

Intentional risk management is critical on any project, but stakes were raised when the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) utilized design-build (DB) of the I-480 Valley View Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio. After over a decade of planning how to re-deck the 40-year-old, side-by-side I-480 bridge high above the Cuyahoga River Valley, ODOT concluded the best way to minimize impacts and associated costs to 180,000 daily vehicles using the bridge was to 'squeeze' a new 4,150'-long, 200'-high center bridge between the existing structures. Through a two-step, technically responsive procurement, the Walsh Construction Design-Build Team (DBT) was awarded the $227.8M, six year contract.This presentation will offer Owner and DBT perspectives on how risks were managed - both pre-tender and post-award. Owner topics will include how project planning ultimately arrived at DB delivery, and how pre-bid Proprietary Technical Information discussions with shortlisted DBTs ensured scope compliance and eliminated non responsive bids. DBT topics will balance innovative solutions with risk to save time/costs within a constrained footprint - notably use of gantry cranes on the existing structures to erect 203 structural steel pieces into place, as well as partnering with ODOT on a post-award test pile program during design that significantly reduced driven pile lengths. 


1. Assess constrained project sites to determine suitability for design-build delivery.  

2. Build Owner confidence that shortlisted DBTs are clear on scope requirements to avoid non-compliant designs and/or non-responsive bids using confidential discussions.  

3. Apply innovative Alternative Technical Concepts (ATC) to reduce impacts to the traveling public, save taxpayers' dollars, and actively evaluate innovative solutions.  

4. Demonstrate consistency, continuity, and understanding of project scope, processes, decisions, and working relationships by maintaining the same Owner and DBT staff from RFP through post-award design and construction

Chase Wells, P.E.

LPA Construction Contract & Partnering Manager

Ohio Department of Transportation

Chase Wells began his career in 2010 for ODOT District 10 as a Project Engineer for ODOT District 10. In 2012, Chase transferred to ODOT Central Office where he currently works for the Office of Alternative Project Delivery in the Division of Construction Management as ODOT’s Claims and Partnering Coordinator, and manager of the LPA Construction Oversight Program and VECPs. Chase also assists the Office of Alternative Project Delivery in pursing alternative contracting methods.

Joel Halterman

Program Manager

Walsh Construction Company II, LLC

Joel is a Program Manager for Walsh Construction Company, working out of the Crown Point, Indiana, regional office. As Program Manager, Joel oversees project pursuits and operations in Ohio and Kentucky. Joel has previously worked on the I-75 Mill Creek Expressway Phase 5A (Cincinnati, Ohio), I-480 Valley View Bridge (Independence, Ohio), Herrington Lake Bridge (Harrodsburg, Kentucky), Section 2 of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Downtown Crossing and Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge CCG1 design-build projects.

Shawn Thompson, P.E.

Senior Design Manager


Shawn joined Jacobs in 1998 and is a Sr. Design Manager. He received a BA degree from Wittenberg University, a BSCE from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from the University of Dayton. Shawn served as Design Manager on the $228M I-480 Valley View Bridge DB in Cleveland, Ohio, the $200M I-71/I-670 Interchange Reconstruction DB in Columbus, Ohio, and is currently Project Executive on the $536M West Lake Corridor DB in Lake County, Indiana.


I-480 Valley View Bridge: A Design-Build Risk Management Journey Done Right
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