One of the first steps in project delivery is to determine the most appropriate project delivery method. The Project Delivery Selection Guidance (PDMSG) aids WSDOT staff in selecting delivery method based on each the project's attributes, opportunities and risks.
The Context and Modal Accommodation Report (CMAR) and Basis of Design (BOD) are used to record the decisions made during the design process to answer the question, “Why did you do that?”.
The Basis of Design form (DOCX 40KB) gets to the core of practical decision making by defining the needs and context that are used to shape the project’s design controls, alternatives and design elements. The Basis of Design is completed near the beginning of a project.
The Project File checklist (PF) (DOCX 21KB) contains project documentation that is deemed necessary by the project engineer, but is not contained in the DDP. Project File items are retained for three years after the final contract voucher.
The design documentation process is covered in depth in Chapter 300 of the WSDOT Design Manual.
Signature pages for approval
Some of the DDP requires approval signatures. For consistency in approval format and to improve filing, use the following signature pages:
Use the Fish passage pre-design guidance (PDF 204KB) prior to beginning of Preliminary Engineering for delivering a fish passage project in the pre-design phase. Use as a resource for team alignment, pre-design planning, and general best practices for fish passage delivery.
Proprietary item use
See the Plans Preparation Manual 700.01(6) section for guidance on competitive bidding, proprietary items, and the use of the Qualified Products List (QPL). Blanket proprietary certifications are available for some products.
WSDOT/American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) - WA Executive Liaison Committee
WSDOT/ACEC-WA Executive Liaison Committee includes representatives from both WSDOT HQ Design and ACEC. These teams meet, discuss and serve as a resource for establishing Design policy, procedures and process improvement.
Visualization services provide design and delivery goals through visual media made with a wide range of 3D modeling, animation, video and other graphic software packages.
These productions communicate and build project team relationships with your partners and public alike while achieving greater consent gathering success. From planning and communication to design and construction, these products & productions are strategic to project success.
Plans, specifications and estimates quality management
Find guidance and technical support (PDF 156KB) for quality management initiatives for design projects. This process is a value added initiative to establish statewide standards of quality and limit unnecessary project schedule and budget overruns, and reduce change orders. Quality management is an integral component of project management and a natural complement to Cost Risk Estimating Management.
The WSDOT constructability review process (PDF 1.32MB) is designed to help improve the level of constructability of a project. The most important benefits expected from the CRP are the achievement of an efficient project development process and the realization of a cost-effective project that is biddable, buildable and maintainable.