City of Austin, Lockwood Andrews and Newman, Accelerated Design and Construction Process, Austin Public Works Department, HVJ Associates Inc., Capital Excavation
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Lamar Boulevard Street Reconstruction from Town Lake to 24th Street, 2006 OCEA
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This project was an important milestone for the engineering profession, having established a ground-breaking new approach to processes for design and construction of horizontal projects, involving a new way of organizing private-public resources. In collaboration, the City of Austin and Lockwood Andrews & Newman (LAN) developed an Accelerated Design and Construction Process (ADCP) for horizontal construction. While traditionally, alternative delivery systems had been utilized in vertical construction and for massive multi-billion dollar projects, this alternative delivery system maintains traditional design-bid-build elements while accelerating project completion through innovative accelerated management and processes, e.g. contract requirements, planned phasing process, construction materials and methodology. Through implementation of the ADCP, the typical design schedule of utility replacement and street reconstruction was reduced by 50%. Additionally, careful co-ordination and collaboration between organizations and departments resulted in added scope of the project - doubling the amount of design originally involved. The ADCP represents entirely new ways of thinking about process development in the more average construction value projects within the aging inner core of our cities.

 

An example of process innovation in this project’s construction methodology is that an on-site field engineer was made available throughout the construction process to review sidewalk and construction design and accommodate field changes into the overall plan. Additionally, project engineers met with City staff frequently throughout project development, which resulted in a design that met the city’s goals, a set of contract documents prepared within the time constraints and a construction schedule and process that met the budget and needs of local businesses. An additional benefit of early planning that expedited construction was the specification that the contractor would televise wastewater lines to locate service laterals – a provision that saved critical days from the schedule. The $13.5 million Lamar Boulevard Reconstruction project was completed September 10, 2004 - ten months ahead of schedule and having become the City of Austin’s new standard for utility replacement and pavement reconstruction projects in high-profile areas.


Owner: 
City of Austin, Public Works Department
Engineers: 
Lockwood Andrews and Newman Inc.
 HVJ Associates Inc. 
Contractor: 
Capital Excavation

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