To develop, initiate, and promote partnering which offers opportunities to improve communication, provide structured issue resolution and timely follow-up throughout the transportation industry.

The Partnering Advantage 

The Maryland Quality Initiative’s (MdQI) Partnering Subcommittee has steered the statewide Partnering effort for Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) construction projects since 1998. Every partnering venture is distinctive – each issue, each team and each project.  There are many moving parts to a project and what’s in play today may be out of play tomorrow. By Partnering effectively, we can produce great project outcomes for all stakeholders. 

 The Partnering subcommittee provides Partnering training and support for MDOT SHA and now throughout all of MDOT’s Transportation Business Units (TBU’s). The subcommittee partners with stakeholders throughout Maryland’s transportation industry. They provide excellent opportunities and guidance for building positive working relationships which continue to turnout project success stories.

Partnering provides the user a successful path to follow as you weave through the process.  It demonstrates the means for creating and sustaining an environment of trust, communication, motivation and teamwork. These efforts allow all project stakeholders to gain significant project benefits.  MDOT SHA is transitioning to e-Construction technology, so converting to e-Partnering is the next logical next step.  That means utilizing available technologies to exchange and share information and documents more rapidly to increase our pace of business.  These processes will improve efficiencies in project management, help foster and improve safety, reduce construction time, manage costs and budgets more efficiently, and improve the quality of projects.

 The true value of Partnering is the improved understanding for the project, scope of work, expectations, schedules, responsibilities, and teamwork through a formalized communication structure.  The relationships built through Partnering reap benefits not only for current individual project, but in all future projects and efforts moving forward.  

Partnering SUBCOMMITTEE Members


Chunca Bittinger, Statewide Partnering Coordinator

MDOT SHA OOC,  (240) 609-8075

Mike Veid, Senior Project Manager

Joseph B. Fay Company,  (410)-424-3380  


MdQI "EXCELLENCE in Partnering" Award Winners

2021 Project Under $5M Winner 

MDOT SHA MD 845-A Keedysville Urban Reconstruction Project of Potomac River 

2021 Project $5M to $10M Winner 

MDOT MDTA Bradshaw Road Bridge over I-95 

2021 Project over $10M Winner

MDOT SHA I-270 at Watkins Mill Road Interchange 

2020 Project Under $5M Winner 

MDOT SHA MD 224 Bridge over Branch of Potomac River

2020 Project $5M to $10M Winner 

MDOT MAA Aircraft Gates at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport 

2020 Project over $10M Winner

MDOT SHA MD 261 Bridge over Fishing Creek

2019 Gold Winner

Severn River Bridge Widening

2019 Silver Winner

BWI Airport Aircraft Parking

2019 Bronze Winner

MD 404 Widening

2018 Gold Winner

I 695 Widening

2018 Silver Winner

MD 180 /MD 351

2018 Bronze Winner

BWI Airport Checkpoint