Integrated Project Delivery ( Ipd )

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According to the Associated General Contractors of New York State, “The construction industry is the second largest employer in the US, second only to all government employees including the armed forces.” (Associated General Contractors of New York State, 2014). This is a staggering number. However, in spite of this, the industry has suffered a decline in labor productivity beginning in the 1960’s that has continued its trend since that time and seems to be in no hurry to reverse its course (Teicholz, 2013). This paper will explore how Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) can be implemented by the construction industry to solve this issue by greatly decreasing (or even in some cases, eliminating) low productivity and waste, time/cost…show more content…
Low productivity and waste are the first things to go, because efficiency and the enhanced level of project knowledge allows for owners to gain early cost insight as well as to focus on realizing their vision more fully in the design process, while contractors and builders can focus on project quality and ideal financial performance, and architects are allowed more time for exploration of the project design without having to worry about rushed documentation time in addition to being able to improve budget management and cost control (Cohen, 2010; American Institute of Architects, 2011). All of these benefits lend themselves to reducing, if not eliminating, any risk that low productivity and waste will be an issue throughout the duration of the project. The level of mutual trust and respect that is encouraged and facilitated allows each discipline to focus on their own assigned tasks and responsibilities while remaining confident that their colleagues will contribute just as much as they themselves plan to do. Rather than wasting materials, money, and labor while waiting during the painstaking process of Requests for Information (RFI) or Change Orders to be submitted and approved, each individual discipline can
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