Capital Improvements


The Department of Capital Programs & Environmental Affairs (CP&EA) is a client-focused, professional service organization that effectively programs and implements The Massachusetts Port Authority’s infrastructure capital investments through innovative and creative design/construction solutions based on sound financial management, safe work practices, and respect for the environment. This service is delivered with commitment to integrity, cooperation and the pursuit of excellence.

CP&EA’s work enables the Authority’s primary mission of delivering safe, secure, and responsible, state-of-the-art transportation facilities for the benefit of the Commonwealth and New England region. CP&EA provides to the Authority:

• Project and contract management and technical expertise in the fields of structural engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, architecture, and construction

• Tenant alteration application (TAA) management including permit processing, approvals, and construction oversight

• Project and contract management, technical expertise, and compliance and permitting support in the field of environmental management and sustainability

• Utilities management, in the form of billing, procurement strategy, renewable energy, and innovative energy management

• Full-service survey capabilities for design and project support, permitting, and legal support

• Employee health and safety support, including technical expertise, policies and procedures, training, exposure monitoring, medical surveillance, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, abatement, inspections, construction support, accident investigation, risk management, legal support, and personal protective equipment

• Authority-wide asset management and condition assessments

• Facility oversight and stewardship, often acting as both an advisory board on important facility issues and an extension of operating department staff 

• Assistance with the development and implementation of strategic plans for the Authority’s facilities

• Capital budgeting and expenditure controls resulting in cost-effective, prioritized construction of facilities that further the overall goals of the Authority

The majority of project designs are outsourced to professional design firms.  This is accomplished through our state approved Designer Selection Panel (DSP) procedures. These procedures are used whether acquiring the services for building or non-building related services. 

There are three approved means to deliver projects: Design-Bid-Build, Construction Manager at Risk, and Design-Build

• Design-Bid-Build is the traditional public bidding method, choosing a contractor based on lowest responsive bid after the completion of design. This remains the most common contractor selection method. 

• Construction Manager at Risk (CM@Risk) is available for building projects over $5M as authorized by MGL Ch 149A. This allows Capital Programs to start design and select a qualified construction manager through a quality-based selection process and negotiate a price prior to the completion of the design. Most of the costs associated with the work are based on competitive bidding. CM@Risk is only available for vertical projects over $5 Million. 

• Design-Build (DB) delivery method is available for horizontal (civil works) projects over $5 Million. This method includes a two-part selection process to acquire one entity to design and construct the project. This first part is a quality-based shortlisting of qualified teams and the second step includes submissions from each team of both technical and price proposals followed by oral presentations. DB is only available on horizontal projects.

Five-Year Capital Programs Plan (FY2014-2018)