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Tier 1--Analytical Delivery Decision Approach 43 approach, in addition to being required to obtain accurate answers, will also facilitate a mean- ingful dialogue and common understanding of the reasoning behind the project delivery deci- sion. In some cases, it may be helpful to have the delivery decision facilitated by a consultant who is familiar with the airport and the local design and construction market. Select a diverse decision team. The pertinent issues requiring analysis include funding con- straints, schedule constraints, federal/state/local laws, third-party agreements, project-level issues, airport-level issues, and public policy/regulatory issues. A diverse group of individuals should be assembled to address all of these separate items. Decision team members will vary with each project and the airport's available staff, but typical functions that should be repre- sented include upper management, legal staff, planners, engineers, construction administra- tors, maintenance staff, and possibly any impacted external stakeholder representatives. Prepare for the meeting. It is suggested that the entire decision team review the project deliv- ery selection system format prior to meeting as a group. At a minimum, each member should read the pertinent issues prior to the meeting. Include an agenda for the meeting and use the forms provided in Appendix C for documenting the meeting. Step 1: Create Project Descrip- tion can be completed prior to the meeting. Step 2: Define Project Goals can be created prior to the meeting as well, but it is advisable to come to a common understanding of the goals in the group setting. Plan for review of the Project Delivery Decision Report. Applying the project delivery system described in this guidebook will result in a Project Delivery Decision Report. It is advisable to plan time for all participants in the decision process to review and comment on this report once it is complete. Step 1. Create Project Description The first step in the Tier 1 approach involves the creation of a concise project description that serves to communicate the important project characteristics to the decision-makers and also to document the project scope for the Project Delivery Decision Report. Projects differ in scope of work and major elements (e.g., people involved, physical project characteristics, project dura- tion, project budget, and so forth). These distinguishing parameters affect project delivery method selection. Airports should choose the most appropriate delivery method on the basis of the project requirements and the opportunities that each delivery method can provide for them. Please see Appendix C for a typical template for project description and goals. The objective of creating a project description is to explain the project in sufficient detail to doc- ument the project delivery decision. The project description should be concise and also compre- hensive. It should include necessary information about the project and address all aspects of the project that may influence project delivery method selection. The intent of the project descrip- tion is to provide a "snapshot" of the project scope at the time in which the project delivery deci- sion was made. The project description will serve to communicate the decision to interested stakeholders and to justify the decision if issues arise years later. Below is a checklist of the impor- tant project characteristics that should be covered in the project description: Project Name Location Major Features of Work Runway Apron Terminal Other Estimated Project Budget Estimated Project Delivery Period