The American Institute Of Architects

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What is IPD (Integrated Project Delivery) as it applies to construction? Generally speaking here is how it works: IPD is a process where a team of everyone involved in the project gets together and create a plan then continue to be involved to see it through completion. The team is bound together by contract legally and stands to gain or lose financially as a whole by the outcome of the project. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) currently defines IPD as "a project delivery method that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to reduce waste and optimize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication and construction (Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia 2015). Instead of each stakeholder having their own side projects all members are stationed in the same pool where they can exchange ideas. At this point, the project depends on collaboration and team building (Burcin &Karen, 2010).

In a bit more detail, the team can be owner, construction manager, architect, engineers, builders, contractor, subcontractors, designers and even technical vendors depending on the project. They are legally bound by a contract from the concept phase through the completion of the project. Each member of the team is involved has a say in all phases and has a responsibility for completion and quality of all phases. Unlike traditional projects, IPD contracts combine the risks…
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