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Nicholas Thomas, PE, Wilson & Company
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Join Us at the 2016 DBIA Design-Build in Transportation Conference
Charlotte, NC

Achieving Project Goals Through Stringent Selection Criteria: A Success Story of Utah’s I-15, The Point Design-Build Project
3:15 - 4:30 pm, Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Charlotte Convention Center

Defining project goals and communicating their importance through a best value selection process and criteria are well known Design-Build best practices but often present challenges for the owner and design-build proposers. Utah DOT took the time to develop the selection criteria with the goal of maintaining traffic flow through I-15, The Point in Utah. The selection criteria for this $160 million Design-Build project included MOT Duration Values, a unique approach to scoring, which resulted in an efficient MOT and construction sequencing strategy.  This selection strategy allowed flexibility in construction approach while providing an opportunity for the contractor to make contractual commitments to minimize impacts to traffic. From day one, the Design-Build Team was on board with the client’s process and goals. This presentation will cover how Design-Build best practices were used to develop the selection criteria so project goals were met, and how the Design-Builder proposed and successfully executed the unique MOT and construction sequencing plan.


  • Tim Rose, PE, Utah Department of Transportation, Region 2, Draper, UT
  • Ashford Galbreath, PE, Wadsworth Brothers Construction, Draper, UT
  • Nicholas Thomas, PE, Wilson & Company, Colorado Springs, CO


Meet Our Presenter
Nicholas Thomas has focused the last 10 years of his career on Design-Build projects. Working with Wilson & Company since graduating from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2001, Nick has filled a variety of roles on Design-Build projects such as MOT Engineer, Roadway Design Lead, Project Engineer, and Design Manager across three states (Utah, Colorado, and Missouri).