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Get more involved with MITA – Shape the future of “Innovative Contracting”

Thursday, February 25, 2010   (0 Comments)
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As many of you are aware, MITA holds Quarterly meetings with MDOT to discuss and resolve an array of design and construction issues/problems.

As part of MDOTs commitment to address their recent push for various project delivery methods, MDOT has created an “Innovative Contracting” task force.  The focus of this task force is to assemble and review past and current experiences with innovative contracting methods, develop a guidance document to assist MDOT in selecting innovative contracting methods and techniques, and recommend pilot programs for MDOT to explore innovative contracting methods.

Discussions with MDOT along with other industry associations, lead to the fact that the MITA/MDOT Quarterly meeting was the best venue for gathering Industry comments.  So if you haven’t been involved in these meetings, now is the time.  During our March 29, 2010 MITA/MDOT Quarterly meeting, we will focus the first half the meeting on “Innovative Contracting”.  Items to be discussed are:

•    Procurement/Payment
     o    Best Value
     o    Performance Based (Highways for LIFE)
     o    Project Specific Qualifications
     o    Lump Sum
•    Delivery Methods
     o    Design/Bid/Build
     o    Design/Build
     o    Design/Build/Finance
     o    Construction Manager at Risk
•    Acceleration Techniques
     o    Accelerated Schedules
     o    Standard Incentive/Disincentives
     o    A+B
     o    No Excuse Incentives
     o    Lane/Bridge/Ramp Rentals with Incentives
     o    Interim Completion Date Incentives
•    Potential Innovative Contracting Techniques
     o    Fixed Cost/Variable Scope
     o    Design/Build/Finance/Operate (and/or Maintain)
     o    Best and Final Offer
     o    Other Contractor Proposals

The MITA/MDOT Quarterly meetings are an excellent opportunity for members to become more actively involved with MITA. At those meetings, MITA and MDOT come together in a cooperative way to discuss, and work towards the resolution of issues and concerns that have industry wide impacts. The MDOT participants in this meeting generally include: senior bureau level leadership, senior region leadership, division level leadership, and technical support staff. To better understand the range of topics discussed at these meetings click here to view the past meeting minutes.


The next MITA/MDOT Quarterly meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 29, 2010, at 1:00 pm.  The location of the meeting is at the MDOT Lansing TSC building located at 3101 Technology Blvd., Suite H, Lansing, MI 48910.  Click here for a map to the Lansing TSC.

We welcome and look forward to your participation …. give us a call and we’ll add you to the meeting e-mail invitation list.


If you have any questions or comments, contact Glenn Bukoski at or Doug Needham at or call them at the MITA office at 517-347-8336.

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