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Transportation Industry

Capital Project Strategies is widely experienced in the transportation sector, having worked on a variety of highway, rail, aviation, and toll facilities that have used either design-build or public-private partnership (P3) delivery mechanisms.  Most of our experience in this sector involves representing the public agency on “front-end” services, with the work ranging from broad, policy-type assignments to discrete, project-specific assignments.  We typically work as a member of the agency’s project team, under either a direct contract with the agency or a consulting agreement with the agency’s outside engineering firm.  Our goal is to provide advice that anticipates how an owner-designer-contractor team will behave in real life – giving our agency clients practical advice on how to manage and administer their contracts and mitigate the potential for claims.

Our “front-end” services to public agencies involve a wide range of issues confronting today’s transportation sector and include:

  • Providing advice on innovative project delivery arrangements, including design-build, design-build-operate-maintain, and public-private partnerships.
  • Designing and implementing procurements that use qualitative scoring process, best value selection, proprietary meetings, alternative technical concepts, industry draft reviews, and post-selection negotiations.
  • Developing appropriate risk allocation strategies, designed to balance marketplace realities and the needs of our public agency clients.
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts on behalf of our public agency clients with design builders and utility companies.

Included among our most notable assignments are the following:

  • Virginia Department of TransportationMike Loulakis currently serves as the commercial and procurement advisor to VDOT design-build and P3 projects, which are among the most active and innovative in the country.  His services include:  (a) assisting management with programmatic and project-specific procurement and contracting policies; (b) developing design-build and P3 standards, guidelines, and best practices; (c) assisting VDOT in developing procurement and contract documents for their projects; (d) training VDOT and district personnel on design-build; and (e) advising management on project-specific contract execution issues.
  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project).  Mike Loulakis has provided a variety of services to MWAA, the lead developer of this high-profile project.  The project involves a 23-mile extension of the WMATA subway system from West Falls Church, Virginia, to Dulles Airport.


  • Washington State Department of Transportation (Alaskan Way Viaduct).  Mike Loulakis was retained as a subject matter expert by WSDOT on its Alaskan Way Viaduct project, where he participated in WSDOT's SEVP (Cost Estimate Validation Process).


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