AIA develops case studies on Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Print
Monday, 01 February 2010 14:40

The AIA and AIA California Council (AIACC) have teamed up to produce case studies that showcase the value of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), the construction project model in which owner, design professional and builder jointly share a project’s risk and reward.

In a press release today, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and The AIA California Council, (AIACC) announced the results of this joint project focused on real building projects that utilized and implemented Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), during the building process. IPD is a construction project model in which owner, design professional and builder jointly share a project’s risk and reward. These studies  demonstrate the successful application of IPD in a variety of building types and scales in diverse regions of the country, and are the first installment of an ongoing evaluation process of how the IPD model might be incorporated nationwide to protect against project losses. In particular, all six participants in the study delivered projects on time and within budget using the IPD model, thus demonstrating the effectiveness of its use.
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Inefficiencies and waste in the construction industry, coupled with new technologies such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) and owner demand for better quality and cost controls, have created a need for a collaborative approach to design and construction. The participants in this project openly discuss the pros and cons of IPD as a collaborative building and design effort.

According to the case studies, advantages of IPD include:

·        Owners enjoy improved cost control and budget management, as well as the potential for less litigation and enhanced business outcomes.
·        Contractors are provided with the opportunity for stronger project pre-planning, more timely and informed understanding of design, the ability to anticipate and resolve design-related issues through direct participation in the design process, construction sequencing visualization to improve methods prior to the start of construction, and improved cost control and budget management.
·        For architects and designers, IPD provides more time for design, reduces documentation, allocates more appropriate sharing of risk and reward and improves cost control and budget management.

According to Jonathan Cohen, FAIA, who conducted the study, “Based on these initial reports, IPD is proving to be a solution that frees parties from the processes that often weigh a project down. It allows for creativity and innovation in the way stakeholders approach a project – avoiding a ‘one size fits all’ formula and instead, finds solutions unique to the specific building issues. We are excited to continue this research and see if this methodology provides the boost to the bottom line of businesses that are desperately needed.”

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