Of significant interest to NYSSPE and its membership is the renewal of the DESIGN BUILD pilot program first enacted in December of 2011.
S4610-A / A6721-A re-authorizes the use of design build for design and construction projects if undertaken by a number of state agencies and authorities. The legislation is virtually identical to the original pilot program, provided that the 2015 legislation calls for consultation with relevant local labor organizations and the construction industry. The 2015 legislation sunsets in April 1, 2017.
Specifically, the legislation applies to projects under the aegis of the New York State Thruway Authority, the Department of Transportation, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Bridge Authority costing in excess of 1.2 million dollars.
The design build entity can be a single entity, such as a grandfather corporation permitted to offer and provide professional engineering services pursuant to Education Law Section 7209 (6), or may be comprised of more than one entity, such as a general contractor and a firm authorized to provide professional engineering services.