Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Advisor

Keith R. Molenaar

Second Advisor

Paul Goodrum

Third Advisor

Cristina Torres-Machi


The use of alternative project delivery methods such as Design-Build (D-B) and Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) is becoming an effective solution for state transportation agencies to deliver highway construction projects. These delivery methods have been introduced to increase efficiency and innovation, while decreasing costs and schedule durations. Studies have explored the benefits of D-B and CM/GC delivery methods, but they have not explored how to best measure the performance of these projects when viewed in aggregate as a program. Through a survey of 41 transportation practitioners across the country, this study addresses that need by identifying 6 performance measures that state transportation agencies can use to gauge the success of the alternative project delivery method projects, and programs as a whole. These performance measures are; (1) Proposals from Qualified Contractors, (2) Milestone Dates, (3) Construction Duration, (4) Total Project Cost, (5) Project Cost at Award, and (6) Accepted Alternative Technical Concepts. These measures utilize data from the preconstruction phase, construction phase, or both. This gives state transportation agencies the ability to analyze each phase, and identify improvements. The use of these performance measures will allow state transportation agencies to identify strengths and weaknesses within their alternative project delivery method programs, and lead to improvement when delivering these projects.