The Department encourages the establishment of a cooperative and productive partnership with
the contractor, and through the contractor, with principal subcontractors and suppliers. This
partnership will be structured to draw on the strengths of each organization to identify and
achieve mutual objectives. It is anticipated that these objectives will include effective and efficient
contract performance, and completion within budget, on schedule, and in accordance with plans
and specifications. A safe working environment will always be a consideration.
The partnership will be bilateral in makeup and participation will be totally VOLUNTARY. Any
costs associated with effectuating the partnership, whether informal or formal, will be agreed to by
both parties and will be shared equally.
The District Engineer (DE) or the successful contractor can initiate an invitation to partner. Where
there is an agreement to partner, the DE and the contractor will promptly arrange for a meeting
between themselves and their respective staffs to develop a partnering agreement. The location
and duration of the meeting will be established by agreement between the DE and the contractor.
If the DE and the contractor agree to develop the partnering agreement between themselves and
their respective staffs, the partnering approach will be considered informal. Any costs associated
with informal partnering will be paid by the contractor with the department reimbursing 50% of
such costs as an item of extra work. If the department and the contractor mutually agree that a
facilitator is needed to help develop the agreement and to aid in team building exercises, etc., the
approach will be considered formal.
When formal partnering is the chosen option, the DE and the contractor will jointly select a
facilitator and work together on an appropriate contract for services and fee structure. The
contractor will pay for the services of the facilitator and meeting facilities, and be reimbursed for
50% of such costs as an