New York Governor Andrew Cuomo included emergency design-build authorization as a part of his State of Emergency Declaration for the Commissioner of Transportation and the Commissioner of General Services.
The declaration was issued in response to Winter Storm Jonas which dumped over 18 inches of snow in parts of the state. The action allows, “the Commissioner of Transportation or the Commissioner of General Services to award design-build and best value contracts without following the proscribed procurement process.”
The Design-Build Institute of America said in a press release, “Over the years, design-build has proven itself particularly capable of handling disaster recovery efforts. Used in the rebuilding after Super Storm Sandy, this is not the first time the state of New York relied on design-build to help the state quickly rebound from a natural disaster.
“Also playing a large role in rebuilding Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, design-build and its single point of contact for design and construction forgoes many of the inefficiencies of traditional project delivery that are unworkable during an emergency situation."