Every year the International Partnering Institute (IPI) recognizes projects and individuals who best exemplify the principles of partnering and promote IPI’s mission—to transform the construction industry to achieve exceptional results through a culture of collaboration.
The Partnered Project of the Year Award recognizes teams who distinguish themselves by implementing IPI’s best practices and by fostering high-trust and collaborative relationships on their projects. The USA Parkway Design-Build team demonstrated a commitment to the partnering process, achieved excellent results, and delivered an outstanding project. Applications were judged based on pre-established criteria by a select panel of impartial judges renowned for their understanding of construction partnering.
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), Ames Construction, and Horrocks Engineers collaborated to design and construct a transportation link between I-80 in Storey County and U.S. 50 in Lyon County. The new 4-lane roadway extends the previous 6-mile USA Parkway by more than 12 miles to reach U.S. 50 at Silver Springs. This 18.5-mile roadway now connects the greater Reno/Sparks area with the U.S. 50 corridor, enhancing regional mobility and creating an additional route for commuters, freight, and other traffic. It also helps support regional economic development and serves as another route in the event of emergency or weather-related road closures.
The USA Parkway project is an excellent example of the partnering process and illustrates how a complex, challenging project can provide opportunities for a project team to overcoming those challenges through a commitment to shared goals, from the beginning of design all the way through construction. The team practiced partnering for all relationships.
Though NDOT required formal partnering, it was especially important on a project of this size and complexity. The team reached out to RHA, LLC to develop a formal partnering process, which was embraced by all team members from the executive level to the field. This process included initial sessions during design, follow-up sessions during design, initial construction partnering, follow-up during construction, and a formal rating program.
Every effort to maintain this partnering approach was crucial for the success of the project. This Design-Build was large and complex; the location was divided into four work areas, each with its own unique risks and issues relating to geography and geology. The design called for 2.8 million cubic yards of earthwork to be moved and 11 rock excavations that required 640,000 pounds of explosives for blasting. Many tasks such as utility relocations, permitting, right-of-way, and procurement had to occur simultaneously. Construction even overlapped to some extent with design, which was accelerated for this project. Other challenges included wildlife fencing modifications to accommodate the wild horse population in the area, requests from stakeholders to add utility crossings or access points, water main breaks, and the wettest winter on record, just to name a few.
Because of every team member’s perseverance to work together with partnering behaviors and attitudes on this extremely challenging project, the USA Parkway Design-Build resulted in fulfilling NDOT’s vision and providing a positive, rewarding partnering experience for all stakeholders.
Horrocks Engineers is honored and grateful to have participated in such a remarkable project, and to have been able to partner with such a successful and unified team. Congratulations to the Nevada Department of Transportation, Ames Construction, and all other supportive team members on their demonstrated commitment to partnering!