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The Future is Integrated Project Delivery

March 17, 2009

Integrated project delivery, or IPD, is the philosophical underpinning of the future of the architectural industry. Based on trust and mutual respect, mutual benefit and reward, collaborative decision-making, early involvement of key project participants, early goal definition and intensified planning, and open communications, new models for project delivery are emerging. By leveraging new technologies like Building Information Modeling (BIM), organizing in new ways, and implementing best-for-project thinking, project teams are achieving significant benefits.

Integrated projects allow for more extensive pre-construction efforts related to identifying and resolving potential design conflicts that may not traditionally be discovered until construction. As a result, designers may perform (in an earlier stage) certain services that are traditionally performed later in the project. The resulting advancement of services potentially increases the scope of necessary compensation in the design phase.

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