In April of 2020, JF White Contracting Company, a subsidiary of Dragados USA, decided to respond to an RFP for a multi-million dollar Massachusetts DOT design-build contract.The project in question consisted of the replacement of four sets of bridges along a four-mile section of Interstate 90, also known as The Massachusetts Turnpike. This seemingly straightforward task was made more complex by the requirements to maintain normal traffic flow on weekdays, and interrupt toll collections as little as possible. Due to this need, MassDOT would only allow construction and lane closures to take place on weekends between Friday at 9:00 pm and Monday at 5:00 am.
JF White was faced with a threefold race against time for this competitive contract. First, they had just a few short weeks to develop and submit a proposal that included a detailed plan for construction staging and maintenance of traffic, along with the total costs. Second, after submission of the bid they had only two weeks to prepare for their technical interview. Third, at the interview itself they had only one hour to present and review their technical proposal to MassDOT’s evaluators to receive their final technical score for this multi-million dollar Design-Build pursuit. The project would be awarded based on the best value-per-dollar grade calculated as the technical score divided by the proposal cost.
The RFP included a staging plan developed by MassDOT and their own consultant, but JF White had developed an alternative plan that they believed was better and met the objectives more quickly and with fewer disruptions. Their challenge was to be able to communicate this plan effectively within a few minutes at their interview. According to JF White’s Area Manager Rob Collari, “MassDOT and their own engineering consultant understood their own scheme, but we needed a visual way to highlight the benefits of JF White’s plan over the original MassDOT plan”.