New York State extends design-build authority

The legislation includes eight additional projects.

May 03, 2017 |

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New York State legislators recently passed a budget that includes a provision to allow state agencies to continue to use design-build on projects.

The legislation expands the use of design-build for four years in existing agencies and authorizes eight new projects at four more agencies. Design-build was extended for four years for these agencies:

  • New York State Thru-way Authority
  • Department of Transportation
  • Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic preservation
  • Department of Environmental Conservation
  • New York State Bridge Authority

Design-build was expanded to include eight additional projects by these four agencies:

  • Urban Development Corporation
  • Dormitory Authority & Urban Development Corporation
  • New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority
  • Office of General Services

Among the eight projects are: several Olympic Regional Development Authority resorts, a new regional visitors center in Essex County, a new State Police forensics lab and a new Life Sciences Laboratory. New York has lagged behind many other states in approving design-build authority, but the state has had some impressive successes, particularly on roads and bridges, according to the Design-Build Institute.

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