On the cutting edge of project delivery methods
Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is a rapidly developing project delivery approach that integrates people, practices and technology to optimize project results. IPD is much more than a contractual arrangement. It is a collaborative process that requires a shift away from the traditional “silo” mentality and towards new ideas.
IPD brings the owner, constructors and designers together early in the project, usually at a co-located office. This close collaboration allows informed decision making to occur early in the design process where the most value can be created. Innovative ideas are also encouraged through incentives to achieve the maximum project value. This open communication allows the work to be completed rapidly while collectively managing risk.
IPD also leverages LEAN design and construction principals to maximize productivity while reducing waste in both design and construction activities. BIM is a major component of the LEAN process. Accurate modeling of project components reduces conflicts, permits greater prefabrication, and provides continuous cost monitoring. Other tools such as Last Planner are also used to identify timing of critical decisions and monitor progress throughout design and construction.
Forell/Elsesser strongly believes in the IPD process and has been involved in several recent IPD projects, including the UCSF Regeneration Medicine Building. The firm is also an active participant in the Project Production Systems Laboratory at UC Berkeley and the Lean Construction Institute, which are dedicated to increasing productivity in design and construction through the use of integrated and LEAN practices. In keeping with the IPD spirit, Forell/Elsesser continuously strives to improve our own internal processes to provide our clients with the most efficient and effective designs.