Please note that this memorandum has been replaced by this updated one.
MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION
S5887 (Lanza) A7590 (Benedetto) New York City Design Build Authorization
S 5887, in relevant part, would vest a number of New York City agencies with the authority to utilize design build without State legislative oversight. Specifically the bill authorizes the use of design build for virtually all projects including roads, bridges, tunnels, buildings and other public improvements.
Pursuit to current law construction in both the public and private sectors must utilize a design-bid-build construction methodology. In New York, design build has only been authorized by virtue of project specific enabling legislation, or by virtue of 2011 legislation establishing a pilot project employing a limited number of entities on a trial basis respecting highway and bridge projects. The 2011 pilot was extended last year and a report on the use of design build is awaiting delivery to the Legislature. [Read more…]