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Modernization of New York's Built Environment: If Not Now, When?

How NY's Procurement Laws Hinder Effective Project Delivery

November 12, 2014

On November 12, 2014, the Citizens Budget Commission co-sponsored a conference titled Modernization of New York's Built Environment Laws: If Not Now, When?  in Albany, New York.

This panel discussion examined the problems with New York's "low-bid" and "design-bid-build" procurement rules and how "alternative" delivery methodologies, such as design-build, offer benefits that can overcome important challenges to complete projects on time and on budget.  

A key finding: collaboration between engineering, architectural, and construction teams is needed early-- and often.


  • Moderator: Maria Doulis, Director of New York City Studies, Citizens Budget Commission
  • Mark Blumkin, Director, Capital Projects, Deloitte and Member, New York Building Congress Task Force on Innovation and Best Practices
  • Phillip Collin, Vice President, Program Delivery, HNTB Randolph Collins, AIA, President, CSArch Architecture/Engineering/ Construction Management
  • William J. Gilbane, III, Senior Vice President, Gilbane Building Company (and CBC trustee)
  • Joanne Iddon, Associate Principal, Arup
  • Sam Spata, AIA, Principal, International Operations, Flad Architects
  • James J. Terry, Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

Conference Co-Sponsors: Albany Law School, ACEC New York, AIA New York State, AGC New York State, Citizens Budget Commission, New York Building Congress, New York City Bar Association Construction Law Committee,Town+Gown

For more information about the conference, including back-up reading materials and additional videos, visit the New York City Bar Association website.