The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is currently experiencing challenges in cost control, resourcing, meeting schedule milestones, and prioritization for its expanding capital improvements program. The projects that comprise this program include new and upgraded water supply and distribution facilities (reservoirs, dams, tunnels, etc.), upgrades to its 14 major wastewater treatment plants and collection facilities, combined sewer overflow facilities, and numerous dams, bridges, roads and smaller wastewater treatment plants in the upstate watershed. The majority of capital program is implemented by DEP’s Bureau of Design and Construction (BEDC) which manages the planning, design, and construction management of the projects for eventual turnover to its client operating Bureaus. Figure 1 provides a functional organization chart of the DEP organization as of May 2007.
New York City reinvents capital program delivery