American Society of Civil Engineers

Emergency Accelerated Construction

by Cliff Schexnayder, Dist.M.ASCE, (Eminent Scholar Emeritus, Arizona State University, Del E. Webb School of Construction, PO Box 6700, Chandler, AZ 85246. E-mail: and Stuart Anderson, M.ASCE, (Professor, Texas A&M University, Department of Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Lab Building Room 115, College Station, TX 77843-3136. E-mail:
Section: Procurement, Contracting, and Legal Affairs, pp. 837-848, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Construction Research Congress 2010: Innovation for Reshaping Construction Practice
Abstract: There are a number of transportation agencies that have experience with accelerated construction strategies. California and Alabama have in the last several years completed major accelerated construction projects. These projects served as the proving ground for acceleration approaches and methods. When on two occasions a fuel truck collision damaged a bridge at the I-65/I-59 interchange in Birmingham, the Alabama Department of Transportation dedicated the necessary staff resources to accelerated project delivery under emergency conditions. Caltrans has had similar emergency projects both in rural and urban settings. This paper identifies, through a set of project case studies, construction operational and management practices that support accelerated project delivery. From this study it is evident that successful project acceleration is achieved through a partnering atmosphere and contracting methods such as design-build plus incentive/disincentive clauses that encourage a contractor to expend the planning effort and resources necessary to reduce construction time.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Construction management
Emergency management
Legal factors