New Integrated Project Delivery System Introduced By AIA
The American Institute of Architects has released a guide to integrated project delivery in an effort to battle what it sees as inefficiencies in project delivery that stifle construction industry productivity. AIA says the guide details an approach that integrates owner, architect, contractor, subcontractors, engineers and major suppliers in a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents of all participants. AIA claims the system provides owners with improved cost control and budget management, contractors with stronger project preplanning and the ability to resolve design-related issues, and architects with more time for design. “Project delivery models must change to increase the quality, cost effectiveness and sustainability of the built environment,” says Markku Allison, resource architect for AIA Strategy and Business Development.