Monthly Archives: March 2013

IPD and Integrated Technology Delivery

For years, owners and construction service providers have been hearing about the benefits of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).  The underlying premise of IPD is that all of the key participants in a project – owner, designer, construction manager and leading trade partners – stand to benefit from increased collaboration.  There are many tools available to encourage collaboration, such as co-location of team members, use of “lean” construction techniques to reduce waste,… More

When is a Park not a Park? The SJC Declines to Give Broad Interpretation to Article 97

Earlier this month, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued its decision in Mahajan v. DEP, holding that the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s (BRA) proposed redevelopment of Long Wharf in Boston is not subject to Article 97 of the Amendments to the Massachusetts Constitution.   Among other things, Article 97 protects park lands from being disposed of or used for other purposes, absent a supermajority vote from both branches of the Legislature.… More

Lessons Learned: The ASCE Report Card and Smart Infrastructure Improvements in Massachusetts

Earlier this week, the American Society of Civil Engineers released its quadrennial Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, and the message for 2013 was undeniable: “Needs Improvement.”

The Report Card gave the nation’s infrastructure a D+ overall (although in a potential silver lining, ASCE did note that this was an improvement from the 2009 grade of a solid D).  ASCE estimates that the United States needs $3.6 trillion in infrastructure investments over the next seven years to bring its transportation,… More

All Politics is Local: Governor Patrick Files $19 Billion Transportation Bond Bill

On March 13, 2013, Governor Patrick filed his comprehensive transportation bond legislation, proposing $19 billion in investments over the next ten years.  This bond bill offers the first specific numbers for funding the policy proposals outlined in the MassDOT strategic plan released in January. 

In the bill, the Governor proposes $4.6 billion for highway maintenance and construction, $4.4 billion for regional rail,… More

Sequester Hits Federal Transportation Budget With a $1.9 Billion Cut

On March 1, 2013, every federal agency saw its funding for the current fiscal year take a significant hit, due to the budget mechanism known as the “sequester”.  Both Republicans and Democrats agree that the sequester is a blunt instrument, requiring across-the-board cuts of about 5% to the discretionary FY13 funding for almost all non-defense executive branch agencies — including the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Nevertheless,… More