The last several years, California and the AIACC have led the Nation with Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) processes and implementation. IPD is a project delivery approach that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the knowledge, talents and insights of all participants, in order to increase project value, reduce waste and optimize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication and construction. However, it is important to note IPD is not solely a project delivery method unto itself; IPD principles can be applied to a number of different project delivery methods.
A large amount of work has been conducted and compiled by the AIACC to date and many resources developed to assist the design and construction industry better understand the implications of this new approach. This work has provided a catalyst for broader discussions, with early adopters of this type of project delivery paving the way, with other project delivery methodology benefiting from the collaboration tools and basic principles of IPD.
The AIACC’s IPD committee is an interdisciplinary group, consisting of representatives from the entire AEC community, Zigmund Rubel, AIA, Chair of the committee has been involved in the leadership for several years at the AIACC and has participated in the evolution of this concept. This year, the committee has been completely remade in the hopes that fresh perspectives will validate all the work that has been done up to this point and to expand existing resources; including the “Frequently Asked Questions”, “Experiences in Collaboration”, and “IPD: A Working Definition”. Originally, these three IPD publications were aspirational, but now that the industry has a better understanding of IPD, the committee will be diving deeper into the issues, providing the “how to” in making this delivery method work, and strategies to maximize collaboration.
According to Rubel, “The committee recognizes that IPD is not a single delivery method, and isn’t the only way to maximize ROI on a project. However, it does enable collaboration with most every delivery methodology. We see our purpose as informing project teams who want to utilize IPD about the risks and benefits, the opportunities, and other items for consideration. Our ultimate goal is to create a reference point where interested parties can go to get information regarding anything related to IPD.”