Opportunity for Innovation? Alternative Technical Concepts in Pavement Engineering During Procurement Phase

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2024

Design-build projects are procured and contracted with a certain level of subsurface condition uncertainty. During the procurement phase, there is an opportunity for teams to innovate through Alternative Technical Concepts (ATCs). Pavement engineering is one of the disciplines where Owner's have not typically accepted ATCs, while industry considers it an opportunity to optimize pavement designs, reduce construction costs, and protect the design build from risk throughout pavement projects given the limited information provided during the procurement phase.This panel will discuss with four state DOT transportation leaders, their agency's history exploring ATCs in pavement engineering during the procurement phase, past performance and understand opportunities for consideration moving forward. 


1. Discover the position of Departments of Transportation (DOT) around acceptance of ATCs for pavement engineering.  

2. Assess the design and construction value impact that pavement engineering ATCs can have during procurement if approved by DOTs.  

3. Compare the criteria considered by state DOTs to proceed or arrest the implementation of pavement engineering ATCs.

Peter Davich, PE, DBIA

Design-Build Program Manager

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Peter Davich has worked at the Minnesota DOT for the past 21 years. He spent his earlier years at the DOT working in the Metro Design Office as a Project Manager. In 2013 Peter transitioned to his current position as MnDOT’s Design-Build Program Manager. In this position he develops MnDOT’s programmatic Design-Build policy, he serves as an assistant project manager on each of MnDOT Design-Build projects, and he is generally leads “all things Design-Build

Eric Kopinski

I-270 North Design-Build Deputy Project Director

Missouri Department of Transportation

Eric Kopinski of MoDOT’s St. Louis District currently serves as Deputy Director on the I-270 North Corridor project. This project is the largest MoDOT project in the past 15 years. When complete this project will improve safety and relieve congestion around the St. Louis epicenter. Prior to this project Kopinski worked on two other large MoDOT design-build projects around the state.

Steve Mishler

Project Manager

Arizona Department of Transportation

Mr. Steve Mishler recently served as the Design Manager for Arizona's first P3 Design-Build-Maintain project, which was the largest P3 transportation project in Arizona history. Steve has spent most of his 28 year career in Roadway Design, where he served as Project Manager. Steve received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and began his career at the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Jason Simmons

Statewide Pavement Engineer

Utah DOT

Jason is a registered professional civil engineer in the State of Utah. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah. He has worked for the Utah Department of Transportation for 20 years in various roles mostly in Materials and Pavements. He is currently the Statewide Pavement Engineer. In this position he does a little bit of everything pavement, including pavement design, treatment selection, and specification coordination.

David Lipka

National Director of Transportation


David Lipka became National Director of Transportation for Terracon in November 2019, previously serving as a National Program Manager for Terracon since 2009.  David has over 30 years of experience working on transportation projects.

David is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering specializing in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Florida.


Opportunity for Innovation? Alternative Technical Concepts in Pavement Engineering During Procurement Phase
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