Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) for Success

What is Integrated Project Delivery?

Integrated Project Delivery is a method for designing and constructing projects that integrates businesses and people into collaborative team that maximizes project efficiency, reduces waste and increases value to the owner. Integrated Project Delivery creates trust through transparency, enabled by information/communications technology (particularly Building Information Management tools); and incentivized by shared risk and reward to achieve the owner’s desired outcome.

The principles of IPD can be applied to a variety of projects and an IPD team is encouraged to include members well beyond the basic triad of owner, architect, and contractor. These integrated projects are uniquely distinguished by highly effective collaboration among the owner, the prime designer, and the prime constructor, commencing at early design and continuing through to project delivery.

This form of project delivery is a path towards transforming the status quo of fragmented processes to a collaborative, value-based process that delivers high-outcome results to the entire building team.

source: AIA

Traditional communication or RFI process: Communication is restricted, and often distorted, by transactional relationships.
Integrated Project Delivery communications process: All members of the Team have access to one another.

Building the Team

Integrated Project Delivery is built on collaboration, and successful collaboration is built on trust. Effectively structured, collaboration encourages parties to focus on project outcomes rather than individual goals. With poor collaboration, IPD falters and the team will remain in the adverse relationships that continue to plague the traditional construction delivery process.

The project team is fundamental to Integrated Project Delivery. In IPD, project participants come together as an integrated team, with the common overriding goal of designing and constructing a successful project. Therefore, the composition of the integrated team, the ability of team members to adapt to a new way of performing their services, and individual team members’ behavior within the team are critical.

IPD and Design-Build

A Collaborative Process

Clayco’s culture has been cultivated over the years on a single philosophy; the more collaborative process, as early as possible, by as many of the key project team members will produce more value for the owner.

For the rest of the design and construction industry, where ‘high performance’ is the exception rather than the rule, Clayco has always strived to find a better way to build. From the beginning, it has been Bob Clark’s vision to create a truly collaborative, integrated firm. Clayco is a design-build construction firm that provides turnkey, full-service building solutions through our real estate services capabilities with CRG, a private real estate development firm, and our fully integrated subsidiary Lamar Johnson Collaborative, an award-winning architecture and design firm. Clayco’s history also includes a strong and committed focus on sustainability, diversity, community and an outstanding safety record. With a culture already deeply rooted with team integration, adopting IPD practices was a natural process.

The Clayco component of any IPD Team is to provide a seasoned construction management team with large-scale, complex project experience. Clayco brings a culture that has grown up predominately utilizing the design/build delivery method, the precursor to an integrated team structure.

Integrated Project Delivery Success

Missouri Baptist Medical Center West Pavilion Bed Tower and Clinical Learning Institute

The Missouri Baptist Medical Center West Pavilion Bed Tower and Clinical Learning Institute project was the first true Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) contract in the St. Louis region.

Clayco’s first step in developing a team for the Missouri Baptist Medical Center Project was to create a collective group of the best team members from around the nation that when integrated with Missouri Baptist Medical Center, resulted in a team of partners representing all aspects of the Integrated Project Delivery process.

With the implementation of lean construction and design-build principles, Clayco’s IPD team delivered improved efficiencies in regards to the planning and execution of the entire project from design to construction. A very strong emphasis was placed on utilizing Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) technology, which contributed to the successful implementation of sustainable building principles.

This transformative addition to Missouri Baptist Medical Center delivered critical new spaces, such as a new Clinical Learning Institute for the Clinical School of Nursing, a new bed tower with medical office building, operating room expansion, new pre- and post- operating spaces, a helipad relocated to the roof of an existing bed tower, a 460-car above grade parking structure and various new mechanical and electrical support spaces.