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Integrated Project Delivery

The IPD method is the ultimate collaboration among all parties on any given construction project. At its core, this delivery method relies on equal interest from the owner and all subcontractors. Established on shared risk (and reward) for all involved, this model encourages collaboration and communication across the board, as all are working toward incentives to stay on schedule and on budget.

MMC Contractors Director of Pre-Construction Services Pam Best has used the IPD method on a number of projects throughout her career. “The goal of IPD is to work with other team members to do what is truly in the owner’s best interest. This method gives owners a greater level of input on how money is spent, and it motivates the designers, engineers, and subs to work smarter and more efficiently together. When everyone has a say in how the project will be executed, you tend to have better buy-in and cooperation from all involved,” said Pam.
In recent years, the healthcare industry has embraced the IPD method more than any other market, so it is still relatively unfamiliar to many owners. Though many are still learning about the method or might be hesitant to increase their risk, those who have used IPD have seen great results.

Best has seen this increased collaboration and problem solving firsthand. While working on an IPD project for MaineGeneral’s Alfond Center for Health, the team worked with the design engineer to make equipment recommendations to the owner, including first cost and life cycle cost, which allowed the owner to make informed decisions. Given the green light to purchase higher efficiency equipment, the team was able to make the building more sustainable for the future, earning LEED Gold Certification.

In addition to working hand-in-hand with the owner, the team collaborated with trade partners to pre-fabricated key components to reduce manhours on the project. Together with other trades, the team pre-fabricated both the patient toilet rooms and the patient room headwalls. All of these items were built and stored in the lower level of the hospital until they were needed, cutting down on time and money spent in an off-site pre-fabrication shop. The multi-trade pre-fabrication was not only an example of IPD at work, but it was also a contributing factor to finishing the project ahead of schedule.

 “I believe strongly in IPD, and the collaboration at the Alfond Center for Health is just one more example of the method working the way it is supposed to — all contractors working in concert with one another to provide the best outcome and cost savings to the owner. For this, and all IPD projects for that matter, you just work smarter than when you are working in silos, only worried about your portion of the project. It allows the entire team to work globally, and you feel like you make a bigger difference when you are part of the solution,” said Best.