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Integrated Project Delivery: A Winning Team
With shrinking demand and financing in the commercial real estate sector, building owners today are looking for greater cost savings and productivity from their new construction projects. Innovative AEC firms are finding the solution in a new project delivery method that reduces waste, maximizes efficiency and increases value to the owner through all phases of design, fabrication and construction process.
Integrated Project Delivery, or IPD, leverages the collective knowledge of a project’s various participants early in the process and extends their value throughout the project’s lifecycle. Using new cutting-edge technologies that allow open sharing of project information, the owner, architect and constructor along with consultants, subcontractors and suppliers, work as a team to ensure that goals related to schedule, life cycle costs, quality and sustainability are achieved.
Inefficiencies and waste in the construction industry are well documented. The Economist estimates there is up to 30% waste in the U.S. construction industry, and a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology reports that the lack of AEC software interoperability costs the industry $15.8 billion annually.
From Isolation to Integration
Traditional project delivery creates separate silos of responsibility that yield inefficiencies whenever there is a hand-off from one silo to another, according to the American Institute of Architects’ white paper on IPD. “Projects delivered traditionally suffer because participant success and project success are not necessarily related.” IPD represents “a behavioral sea change in the industry by breaking down the silos of responsibility, requiring close cooperation among all major participants, and aligning participant success to project success.”
All for one, and one for all
The Three Musketeers’ legendary motto may well serve as the rallying cry for Integrated Project Delivery. Teams that are project-focused rather than profession-focused become the lifeblood of an IPD project, with the collective team members committed to a shared set of goals and values.
Trust and familiarity are the cornerstones of a successful Integrated Project Delivery team. “At the core of an integrated project are collaborative, integrated and productive teams composed of key project participants [who are] guided by principles of trust, transparent processes, open information sharing, value-based decision making and utilization of full technological capabilities and support,” explains the AIA.
Also essential to the success of an IPD project are innovate new technologies that can enhance communication between a project’s architectural, engineering and construction participants. The most valuable of these new technologies is Building Information Modeling (BIM).
BIM is a digital, three-dimensional model linked to a database of project information. The AIA calls it “one of the most powerful tools supporting IPD” because of its ability to combine the project design, fabrication information, erection instructions and project management logistics into one database. Beyond providing a platform for collaboration during the project’s design and construction phases, owners can utilize the BIM model and database throughout the life of a building for purposes such as space planning, furnishing, monitoring long term energy performance, maintenance and remodeling.
CTH+A began integrating BIM technology into the design process nearly two years ago after investing in the installation of Revit Architecture building design software in all workstations. Current examples include the $23 million joint-use facility for Valencia Community College and the University of Central Florida that is being delivered using 100% BIM technology.
“For nearly 25 years, our firm has thrived on a foundation that demands architectural excellence, cherishes client relationships and nurtures professional growth. IPD advances all of these principles,” said C.T. Hsu. “It allows owners to effectively consider and balance project options to achieve their ultimate goals, and it significantly strengthens the entire project team’s understanding of the owner’s desired outcomes. Constructors are able to contribute their expertise early in the design process resulting in improved project quality and financial performance during the construction phase. As designers, the early involvement of constructors help us make better informed design decisions and resolve design-related issues early in the process. And, our employees continue to grow as professionals skilled in industry-leading practices and technology.”
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