Utah’s recent best-value infrastructure procurement for a $1.1-billion highway expansion and reconstruction came with a controversial, unexpected cost: a $13-million payout to the second-place proposer to end its protest of the award. Photo: Courtesy of UDOT Critics question UDOT Executive Director John Njord�s decision to make a big payment to team whose proposal came in second on major infrastructure best-value competition. + Image Photo: Courtesy of UDOT “In relative terms, it’s a small amount of money,” UDOT Executive Director John Njord says. “A lawsuit would have prevented us from being as creative as possible in the design-build process. “This was
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.