By Rich Juliano, senior vice president and managing director of the Contractors Division, ARTBA

ARTBA is helping educate a new generation of industry professionals on partnering concepts.  While various project owners and contractors have used partnering on projects over the past 30 years, ARTBA and allied groups recognize that emerging leaders in the public and private sectors may not be as familiar with its basic premises.  A recent position paper from the AASHTO-ARTBA-AGC Joint Committee underscores this point.

First, ARTBA is supporting the efforts of distinguished researchers and academics to update AASHTO’s Partnering Handbook for the use of state transportation departments (DOTs).  The new manual will be expanded to include applications of partnering principles, such as joint state-level specifications committees, industry outreach, and formalized dispute resolution processes at the program level.

This work group is anxious to get the input of ARTBA member-contractors through a short, five-question survey. ARTBA appreciates the help of contractors in taking less than five minutes to complete the survey by Nov. 14.

Second, ARTBA is co-hosting a conference, “Advancing Best Practices in the ART of Partnering,” scheduled for April 4-6, 2017, in Reno, Nevada.  Other co-hosts include the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Nevada DOT, Ohio DOT, and AASHTO.

This national conference will detail the need for and value of partnering, while recognizing “state of the art” partnering leaders on highway construction projects. The sessions will provide a forum for participants to share their experiences, “lessons learned,” and identify opportunities for advancement.  Featured speakers and facilitators will include federal and state officials as well as ARTBA members.

Sessions will include The Value of Partnering, Opening Doors to Better Communication & Collaboration, Executive Partnering, Programmatic Partnering, Subcontractor Involvement, 3rd Party Stakeholder Involvement, Partnering and Alternative Delivery (D/B, CMGC/CMAR), Partnering in Today’s Digital World – Helps or Hinders?, Risk-based Partnering, Keeping the Momentum Going, and much more.

Please learn more and register for the conference. Contact ARTBA’s Allison Rose with any additional questions.