What is Alternative Delivery?

In infrastructure, alternative delivery refers to unconventional approaches for designing, financing, and executing large-scale construction projects. It involves utilizing methods beyond the traditional design-bid-build model, such as design-build (DB), progressive design-build (PDB), construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC), public-private partnerships (PPPs), and other collaborative arrangements. These approaches enhance efficiency, innovation, collaboration, and cost-effectiveness in delivering critical infrastructure projects.

With benefits that also include early delivery and simplified stakeholder feedback processes, there are many reasons for project owners to consider alternative delivery methods.

Differing from the traditional design-bid-build method, alternative project delivery allows earlier involvement of contractors and stakeholders during the design phase. This strategic integration creates more efficient project schedules, improved project outcomes, and reduced risk. Using this approach promotes collaboration across the team and allows for fast solutions to the challenges projects face in a rapidly changing world.

From concept to completion, Wilson & Company creates better alternative delivery solutions based on lessons learned and rigorous leadership in analysis, processes, procedures, and outcomes. Our expertise empowers clients to undertake significant projects that incorporate alternative forms of delivery. We work with our clients to understand the particular elements of their projects to select the proper approach.

Our innovative solutions provide better value at a reduced construction cost. While constantly applying value engineering principles, we have developed an average of two dozen innovations called Alternative Technical Concepts (ATCs) on every project, setting our team apart with a competitive edge. ATCs can vary in scale, encompassing developments such as an improved retaining wall system for enhanced efficiency to redesigning interchanges, resulting in significant time savings for millions.   These ATCs optimize project value and contribute to reducing construction costs and time, ensuring that our clients receive exceptional value from our services.

With 16 years of successful experience, we have participated in over $2 billion in alternative delivery projects for public and private sector clients. Our expertise spans diverse sectors, including transportation, railroad, water/wastewater, renewable energy facilities, industrial facilities, federal projects, and power transmission corridors.

Our services include:

  • Design-Build Program Management
  • Design-Build
  • Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) or Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR)
  • Public Private Partnerships (P3)
  • Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC)
  • Pursuit strategy and proposal preparation
  • Visualization


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Alternative project delivery methods in engineering can expedite delivery, control costs, and improve project quality. Contact us to learn more about how alternative delivery methods can be used on your project.