Local governments may be involved in the construction of buildings with TxDOT. Examples include:
Architectural and engineering standards, including structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and civil (SMEPC) are set forth in TxDOT’s Facility Design Standards and Production Guidelines. TxDOT specification may not be the best fit for architectural projects and alternate specifications may be most appropriate. TxDOT approval of alternate specifications is required.
Note that many contracting practices associated with architectural/building projects may not be allowed by federal rules or state law. If alternate contracting methods (such as construction manager at-risk, turn-key construction or others) are proposed, the local government must demonstrate that they are allowable for the intended project, submit a request to TxDOT and receive TxDOT approval for the proposed contracting method.