In 2015, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed the Transportation Funding Act (TFA) into law, which increased Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) funding and program projects by 50 percent. As a result, the state legislature of Georgia tasked GDOT with using the increased funding to deliver more projects and faster while maintaining current state employee levels. To address this challenge, GDOT selected Gresham Smith to manage its Traffic Operations and Safety program under a five-year, $25 million delivery-based program management contract.
value of projects being delivered
years of combined project management experience
% increase in GDOT's program budget in 2015
A Historic Shift
Serving as a management extension of GDOT’s Office of Program Delivery, our team was tasked with delivering $1 billion in combined projects for the Department, marking a historic shift in the delivery of the program. The contract encompasses program and project management, scheduling, budgeting, document control, quality management and technology support.
The Right Stuff
We started by assembling a core team of project managers with more than 100 years of combined experience working with GDOT to manage each of the seven districts across the state. Project manager assistants were brought on board to offer daily support to the PMs, along with a controls group to provide document control and scheduling services. In addition to those with institutional knowledge of GDOT, we recruited talented individuals with diverse backgrounds to bring new skill sets, experiences and perspectives to the front lines of the program.
Hitting the Ground Running
From day one, our team began absorbing the list of new and existing GDOT traffic operations and safety projects, ranging from roundabouts and sign upgrades to standard intersections and multiuse trails. Each project was assigned a project manager to allow our team to quickly begin delivering projects statewide.
To support the project team, Gresham Smith opened a new office in Midtown Atlanta in the same building that houses GDOT. This allowed our team to better collaborate with GDOT staff while becoming more engrained in the community. Our team meets with the Office of Program Delivery, GDOT subject matter experts, and local government officials on a regular basis and is constantly collaborating on project delivery, goals, metrics, training, tools and project management issues that affect the Office.
A Valuable P.I.R.L.
Along with managing the Traffic Operations and Safety program, Gresham Smith was tasked with developing a Public Information Response Library also known as P.I.R.L. The searchable database library provides quick responses to common questions the Department receives at public meetings. The library has been well-received by GDOT and has been published for internal use.
Going the Extra Mile
Improving the quality of life for all Georgians, Gresham Smith’s innovative approach to managing the program is creating positive economic impacts by efficiently and expeditiously delivering projects that improve safety and traffic flows—and ultimately save lives. Our firm is currently managing more than 300 projects, paving the way for additional projects in the near future. The project represents Gresham Smith’s Transportation market’s largest-ever contract for program management services.