Design-Build Program

The Alternative Project Delivery (APD) Division is responsible for developing the Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) list of candidate Design-Build projects, developing and advertising Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposals (RFP), short-listing the offerors and awarding the Design-Build contract.  

  • Instructional and Informational Memoranda (IIM) APD
    • IIM-APD-1.3 - Design-Build Requirements for Advertisement Adobe Reader
    • IIM-APD-2.2 - Organizational Conflict of Interest Guidelines Adobe Reader
    • IIM-APD-3.2 - Design-Build Candidate Projects Adobe Reader
    • IIM-APD-4    - Federal Project Authorization for Design-Build Projects Adobe Reader
    • IIM-APD-5    - Proposal Payments on Design-Build Projects Adobe Reader

Notice: Any person, partnership, corporation, or other entity offering or practicing architecture, engineering or land surveying shall be registered or licensed in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 4, Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia.

It is an offeror's responsibility to comply with the requirements related to organizational structure, any required registration with governmental agencies and/or entities, and any required governmental licensure, whether business, individual, or professional in nature, and failure to comply with those requirements may render a submittal non-responsive.

Questions and comments about the program should be sent to Jeffrey Roby, PE, DBIA, at


Section  § 33.2-209(B) of the Code of Virginia authorizes VDOT and the Commonwealth Transportation Board to develop and award contracts using the Design-Build contracting method.

Section §33.2-269 of the Code authorizes local governments to utilize the Design-Build contracting method.

VDOT's Alternative Project Delivery Division has developed guidelines to assist local governments.

The Alternative Project Delivery Division has issued standard template documents for all forthcoming Request for Proposals. Standard Template Documents (Parts 3, 4 and 5) are provided below along with Exhibit 1 referenced therein:

Active Design-Build Procurements

        Links to Project Websites (if available)

  • Hampton Roads Express Lanes (HREL) Segment 4C; Hampton Roads District 
  • Route 29 Widening Phase II; Northern Virginia District 

Candidate Design-Build Projects

  • Hampton Roads Express Lanes (HREL) Segment 1A (East Little Creek Road to Tidewater Drive); Hampton Roads District; Estimated Contract Value $35M (Anticipated RFQ Release - December 2021)
    • I-81 Corridor Widening (NB & SB) Exit 221 to Exit 225; Staunton District; Total Budget $140M – $212M (Anticipated RFQ Release – Spring 2022)
    • Transportation Improvements to US-29 and Hydraulic Rd. Area; Culpeper District; Total Budget $24M (Anticipated RFQ Release - Spring 2022) 
    • I-77 over Route 606 Bridge Replacement; Bristol District; Total Budget $16M (Anticipated RFQ Release - Summer 2022) 
    • I-81 over Middle Fork Holston River; Bristol District; Total Budget $15M (Anticipated RFQ Release - Fall 2022)
    • I-81/I-77 Junction; Bristol District; Total Budget $71M (Anticipated RFQ Release - Late 2022)
    • Albemarle Bundle #2 (3 Roundabouts), Culpeper District (Anticipated RFQ Release - Spring 2023)

    Potential Design-Build Projects

    It is anticipated the projects below will be advertised using the Design-Build project delivery method. The list is subject to change at any time without notice.

    • I-81 NB & SB Widening MM 313 to MM 317; Staunton District (Anticipated RFQ Release - Summer/Fall 2024)
    • I-81 NB Widening MM 116 to MM 128; Salem District (Anticipated RFQ Release - Summer/Fall 2024)

    Design-Build Projects Under Contract (Construction)

    Bristol District

        • I-81 Bridge Replacement over Rte. 11 and Middle Fork Holston River
        • I-81 NB Acceleration Lane Extension at Exit 47 (MM48.1 to MM48.9)

    Culpeper District

        • Albemarle County Intersection Improvements Bundling

    Hampton Roads District

    Northern Virginia District

    Richmond District

        • No current design-build projects under construction

    Salem District

    Staunton District

        • No current design-build projects under construction

    Lynchburg District

        • No current design-build projects under construction

    Fredericksburg District

    Page last modified: Dec. 6, 2021