DDC is the City’s leading construction management agency which builds infrastructure and public buildings for 29 sponsoring agencies, plus numerous non-profits that receive funding from the City. A Strategic Blueprint for Construction Excellence is DDC’s comprehensive plan to improve capital project delivery.
The Blueprint lays out four overall themes to deliver projects faster and within budget: making sure capital projects have the funds before they are initiated at DDC; improving and standardizing DDC’s internal project management controls and processes; making better use of outside resources paid for by City capital funds by more effectively managing consultants and contractors; and moderniz¬ing internal systems and information technology to allow for better project execution and tracking and to allow DDC staff to work more effectively in the field.
An update to the Strategic Blueprint prepared for release in March 2020 was unfortunately delayed by the COVID-19 emergency.
At the time of its completion, we could report significant progress: process improvements had shaved a total of six months off various steps in the delivery process; the percentage of Public Buildings projects completed over budget had decreased by more than half; and several other changes made it easier for vendors to work with us while simultaneously increasing their accountability.
Even as the pandemic temporarily delayed our update, as well as portions of our work, the agency demonstrated a continued commitment to efficient project delivery: turning our focus to the City’s pandemic response, DDC built field hospitals with 1,100 beds for COVID-19 patients within weeks; quickly established community testing sites across the City; and began rapid delivery of community health clinics the City’s public hospitals will need to manage ongoing recovery efforts.
Indeed, the crisis has given us new project delivery tools and allowed us to demonstrate that, given the flexibility we need, we can deliver projects with incredible efficiency and accountability. It is worth imagining what we could accomplish if the City had this level of flexibility even when there is no official emergency.
We have posted this update to demonstrate the hard work and achievements of DDC’s staff and show major progress toward delivering capital projects faster and more efficiently. We will continue to report progress in future updates, and wish everyone well as the City charts its path forward from this unprecedented and uncertain time.