Construction - Dispute Review Boards (DRB)

Overview/Purpose

The use of Disputes Review Boards (DRB) have provided an efficient means resolve disputes that arise during construction projects.  DRBs have also helped avoid claims that may result from lingering disputes.  DRBs provide a neutral third-party panel that is knowledgeable and experienced with the project and with contracting principles to assist when disputes arise.

This page is intended to provide resources for WSDOT, Local Agencies, and contractors that are interested in utilizing DRBs on their projects.

Introduction

WSDOT has made provision for the use of alternative dispute resolution by a third-party board for many years.  The current Standard Specifications allow Disputes Review Boards (DRB) as an available option for resolving unsettled contract disputes.

Now WSDOT has updated its DRB process. The revised specifications were published in Section 1-09.11(1) of the 2021 Standard Specifications.

To expedite and aid in the establishment of Boards on construction contracts, WSDOT and AGC assembled a roster of prequalified DRB candidates from which Board members may be selected. To be considered for the prequalified list, prospective DRB candidates are required to meet all criteria and requirements prescribed in WSDOT’s dispute resolution procedures and three-party agreement.

Prequalified DRB Candidate Roster

The current candidate roster is available at the link below.  For those interested in being included on the candidate roster, please review Section 1-09.11(1) of the 2021 Standard Specifications, and submit your application using the form provided below (and optional resume) via email to DisputesReviewBoard@wsdot.wa.gov. WSDOT will review applications and update the roster at least one time per year.

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