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Strategies for Collaborative Construction - Integrated Project Delivery Case Studies

Updated: Nov 12, 2019

Today, building design and construction is a highly collaborative endeavour. Clients, regulators and professional associations demand a lot from the building professional. Design, construction and building performance outcomes require every project team member, from Owners, Architects and Engineers to Trades, to not only do their best, but to do it as a cohesive team – all on time and on budget!

Strategies for Collaborative Construction - Integrated Project Delivery Case Studies was prepared by Albert Lam and me in collaboration with the UBC BIM Topics Lab for BC Housing. The study looks at four completed projects and evaluates the applicability of collaborative methods to housing in BC. It summarizes the key elements of IPD, reviewing four Canadian case studies that employed IPD or IPD-like strategies for dissemination to the AEC Industry. Download the report.

Collaboration is not new to the AEC industry; however, project delivery methods have not evolved significantly to formalize expectations till recently. One method gaining interest in Canada is “Integrated Project Delivery” (IPD). Today there are over 40 IPD projects either completed or underway across Canada.

IPD is an innovative building project procurement strategy requiring early involvement of key participants, who share risks and rewards through multi-party contracts between a minimum of the owner, the architect and, the contractor, to achieve improved project outcomes. In IPD, the stakeholders’ success depends on the project’s success. IPD consists of the following five factors:

  1. Early involvement of key participants

  2. Shared risk and reward based on project outcome

  3. Joint project control

  4. Reduced liability exposure

  5. Jointly developed and validated targets

IPD is a strategy that formalizes project collaboration, ensuring they are setup for successful collaboration, and that the team is properly compensated for successful outcomes. IPD is also often paired with Lean Project Delivery, providing a practical framework for collaborative design and construction.

Traditional approaches to project delivery have led to industry fragmentation. Many professionals are familiar with (and thus prefer) working in silos. Collaborative strategies such as IPD can be challenging to adopting because they often run counter to accepted practices. At its core, collaborative strategies are about evolving away from the status quo, to unlock efficiencies and value through close collaboration.

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