Study of the relationship between procurement duration and project performance in Design-Build projects: Comparison between Water/Wastewater and Transportation Sectors

Susan Bogus Halter, Giovanni Migliaccio, Ruoyu Jin

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Previous studies on building, industrial, and transportation projects found that projects delivered using design-build tend to perform better than projects delivered with the traditional design-bid-build method. However, performance of design-build projects is affected by various factors, with procurement-related factors being among the most influential. Whereas other aspects of procurement have been largely investigated, the effect of procurement duration on project performance has been studied only for design-build transportation projects. In addition, few studies have focused specifically on the delivery of water/wastewater projects. This paper includes the results of a study on the relationship between procurement duration and performance of water/wastewater design-build projects. The study methodology was based on regression analysis of data from a sample of water/wastewater design-build projects. The results show that unlike the transportation sector, procurement duration has little effect on either schedule or cost performance in the water/wastewater sector. Likely reasons for this difference were then explored through a content analysis of procurement documents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-391
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Management in Engineering
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2014

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