George Abert, AIA LEED AP will share about Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). IPD is a collaborative alliance of people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to optimize project results, increase value to the owner, reduce waste, and maximize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction. (Wikipedia)
The construction industry has suffered from productivity losses since the 1960s while other industries have seen large productivity gains. The problems in contemporary construction include buildings that are behind schedule and over budget as well as adverse relations among the owner, general contractor, and architect. Using ideas developed by Toyota in their Toyota Production System and computer technology advances, the integrated project delivery method is designed to solve these problems. The focus is on the final value of the finished building. Rather than participants focusing exclusively on their actions without considering the whole process, IPD brings all participants together early with collaborative incentives to
maximize value for the owner. This collaborative approach allows informed decision making early in the project where the most value can be created. The close collaboration eliminates a great deal of waste in the design and allows data sharing directly between the design and construction team eliminating a large
barrier to increased productivity in construction.