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New AIA Guide: Integrated Project Delivery

Because not everybody gets the idea of integrated design and delivery yet, I'm glad AIA National and the AIA California Council collaborated on Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide... and even more glad that they're making it available as a free-to-download pdf. The 57-page document provides plenty of context and content, though the tightly coiled architect-speak might make a good chunk of the people who most need to be exposed to this information clench their jaws. It's worth spending some time with the document, even if you're already familiar with the concepts it covers. [Update, Nov 12 '07: see Maybe not so great after all: AIA Guide to Integrated Project Delivery] From the introduction:
Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is a project delivery approach that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively 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.
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Published November 6, 2007

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November 15, 2007 - 4:12 pm

I'm afraid I have to agree with Nadav. The whole document is rather divorced from integrative design as it is practiced in the green buildings industry and also reads as more of a description that an on-the-ground how to guide.
Apart from not saying anything about charrettes, is missing some of the hard lessons that have learned by practitioners. As an example, it not enough to suggest that you need better compensation arrangements for team members, tied to the "success of the project", the guide should point out how the disincentives resulting from business as usual can actually cause a project to fail, and offer some templates for how to do it differently.
The most telling point for me is that while integrative design is all about inclusion and collaboration, every contributor and reviewer is an architect or works for the architects associations. This is too narrow a viewpoint for this subject.

November 6, 2007 - 9:07 am

There are passages that can be read as suggesting the design process is part of the collaboration: "In IPD, project participants come together as an integrated team, with the common overriding goal of designing and constructing a successful project" - but I guess those are canceled out by statements like this: "For the most part, the designers remain primarily responsible for design services and the constructors remain primarily responsible for construction services." Nadav wins. (But you should look at it anyway.)

November 6, 2007 - 8:31 am

It would be nice if AIA were really on board with integrated design as the green building world sees it, but AIA's integrated project delivery focuses a bit differently--adding the element of business structures linking design and construction (design-build, for example), but missing some of the real-time participation elements (charrettes) of good integrated design.