New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge Proves (Once Again) Design-Build Delivers Infrastructure America Needs

New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge Proves (Once Again) Design-Build Delivers Infrastructure America Needs

Statement from Design-Build Institute of America’s Lisa Washington:

New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge has been the poster child for America’s failing infrastructure and the challenges we face as a nation in repairing and maintaining our vital roads, waterways and bridges. After decades of delay and millions of dollars spent for naught, the bridge crumbled before our eyes. However, that all changed with the passage of design-build legislation in New York. Thanks to the cost and time efficiencies central to the design-build delivery system, this weekend New Yorkers can tryout the first new span of the new Tappan Zee bridge and celebrate a new infrastructure renaissance in their state. 

It’s impossible to understate the vital role design-build plays in New York’s new infrastructure era. From Newark and LaGuardia Airports to the Goethals, Kosciuszko and Tappan Zee Bridges, design-build has saved the state billions of dollars and many years in project delivery time. The Tappan Zee alone came in $1 billion less than what the state had projected it would cost. Design-build delivers in New York. Imagine what other state agencies and the City could do if granted full design-build authority?”…Lisa Washington, DBIA Executive Director/CEO


The Design-Build Institute of America, based in Washington, D.C., is the only membership organization bringing together thousands of organizations and individuals representing architects, engineers, owners, contractors, manufacturers (and more) to define, teach and promote best practices in design-build. 

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