July 29, 2019
Contact: Ian Michaels, 718-391-1589, firstname.lastname@example.org
(Long Island City, NY – July 29, 2019) Commissioner Lorraine Grillo of the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) announced today that six months after publishing A Strategic Blueprint for Construction Excellence, DDC has made progress in all four of the areas it targeted related to the delivery of capital projects for the City of New York. The details were made public today in an update to the Blueprint now available on the DDC’s website.
“Every day we work to make our processes more efficient and more effective, and we’re seeing results,” said Commissioner Grillo. “Our projects are being reviewed more thoroughly at their outset and in less time than before; the amount of time it takes for DDC to procure professional services is down; our regulators are working with us to eliminate redundant reviews and to create more flexibility to address common construction delays; and we’re using data in new ways to control costs. Plus, thanks in large part to our lobbying efforts in Albany, we’re on the verge of having Design-Build as an option. We’re improving the capital project system from top to bottom, and every New Yorker will see the benefits.”
“In just six short months we are already seeing DDC make drastic improvements to how municipal projects are managed, reviewed and operated through the Strategic Blueprint,” said Deputy Mayor Laura Anglin. “Thanks to the leadership of Commissioner Grillo, and work being done across city agencies, we now have a working blueprint on how to best streamline and operate projects in a more efficient manner that will benefit all New Yorkers.”
The Strategic Blueprint detailed four overall areas in which DDC aimed to improve its processes in order to better deliver capital projects: improve the pipeline that brings projects to DDC so that all the necessary elements to make a project successful are in place before a project begins; manage projects more effectively within DDC; get more out of the contractors and construction management firms that DDC contracts with; and modernize the agency’s systems and technology.
Today’s Progress Update details almost 30 positive developments since January in all four areas, including these examples:
Improve the Pipeline
Manage Projects More Effectively
Getting More Out of Contractors and Consultants
Modernizing Internal Systems and Technology
A Strategic Blueprint for Construction Excellence was created in conjunction with the Office of Deputy Mayor for Operations Laura Anglin, and includes input from elected officials, construction industry groups, sponsor agencies, local utilities and entities charged with oversight of DDC and the City capital budget, including the Office of Management and Budget, the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services and the Office of the Comptroller.
About the NYC Department of Design and Construction
The Department of Design and Construction is the City’s primary capital construction project manager. In supporting Mayor de Blasio’s long-term vision of growth, sustainability, resiliency, equity and healthy living, DDC provides communities with new or renovated public buildings such as such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, and new or upgraded roads, sewers and water mains in all five boroughs. To manage this $14 billion portfolio, DDC partners with other City agencies, architects and consultants, whose experience bring efficient, innovative and environmentally-conscious design and construction strategies to City projects. For more information, please visit nyc.gov/ddc.