Design Strategy Changes – Non-Standard Projects

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Purpose: This process describes how the USACE team (GD, COS, MSC, HQ) determines and/or changes the design approach for non-standard projects.

Responsibilities: The Geographic District (GD) will be responsible for acquiring the design for any unique or non-standard facility, as well as the site design on all projects. FRAGO 09 to OPORD 2007-02 encourages GDs to design non-standard facilities with IH forces to maintain technical competencies. However, Annex D to OPORD 2007-20 states that D/B is the primary delivery method, and if a GD desires to utilize a DBB approach, they will be responsible to document how MT principles will be achieved through utilization of the alternative method proposed, to include cost and time savings.

The decision on design execution strategy begins during the planning charrette, and is solidified in the development of the 3086 estimates where decisions on P&D and construction funds are programmed and locked for the purposes of the Army Budget. For non-standard or unique facilities, the GD may determine that an approach other than the primary delivery method of D/B is desirable.


  • OPORD 2008-21 (FY09 Military Programs Execution)
  • Annex D to OPORD 2007-20 (FY08 Military Programs Execution)
  • FRAGO 09 to OPORD 2007-20 (FY-08 Military Programs Execution), Design of Non-Standard Facilities


  1. When a GD determines that a different design delivery approach is needed other than that determined during the 1391 process for a non-standard facility, the PDT will develop a request for change of the Design Directive. This request will address at a minimum how MT principles will be achieved through execution of the proposed alternative method, to include time and cost savings. If the PDT is requesting approval to proceed with Early Contractor Involvement (ECI), specific requirements must be addressed for legal sufficiency (see Annex D to OPORD 2007-20).

  2. The GD sends the request to the MSC, who will review and endorse it forward to the RIT. The RIT will provide the complete package to the Army National Account Manager, HQ PID.

  3. Changes in design strategy should be avoided if the project is already past the Parametric Design and cost estimate (3086) approval phase, since the Programmed Amount (PA) for the project is locked for purposes of the submission of the Army Budget and a change in design strategy would likely impact the project cost.

  4. If approved, the Army National Account Manager will notify the RIT and the RIT will request a design code change from OACSIM. OACSIM will issue a revised Code in CAPCES and the RIT will issue a new directive to the GD. The GD should follow the instruction on the new design directive.

  5. If disapproved, the Army National Account Manager will notify the RIT with the reason for disapproval. The RIT will inform the GD.

Process Owner:  HQUSACE Army Team Leader, PID (Maryann Delaney/202-761-5775)
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Design Strategy Changes –
Non-Standard Projects Resp Matrix
Who? Request Review Coord. Concur Approve
Geographic District Commander        
COS COS Pgm Mgr          
USACE MSC MID Chief      
HQ USACE - RIT Mil Deputy        
USACE MT Steering Comm        
HQ USACE - PID Chief