Maximizing Success in Integrated Projects

RES-CPF 2015 Topic Summary
RES CPF 2015

Overview

This robust empirical study of over 200 capital facility projects was co-funded by CII and the Charles Pankow Foundation. Using a variety of statistical methods to model the relationships between project delivery and project success, the primary finding of the study is that owners should consider an overall project delivery strategy when structuring design and construction services, rather than focusing exclusively on the delivery method. By considering how the organizational structure, contract payment terms, and team assembly process can work together, owners can develop a larger strategy. In particular, the study finds that those strategies which align the core project team—owner, designers, primary builder, and key specialty trades—are more effective in meeting or exceeding their cost, schedule, and quality goals. During the implementation phases, the study also finds that higher-performing project teams participate in integrated practices and develop into a cohesive group.
 
While the importance of project teams is likely not a surprising insight for those with experience in the construction industry, designing team performance into the delivery process may seem more like random chance than thoughtful strategy. However, the data from this study show that certain strategies produce repeatable outcomes. Three critical factors emerged for enabling alignment within the core project team:

  • Early involvement
  • Qualification driven selection
  • Cost transparency in contracts


Owners can incorporate each of these factors—early involvement, qualification-based selection and cost transparency—into a variety of project delivery strategies, and the key to successful project delivery lies in designing a strategy that aligns the core project team with the owner’s project-specific goals and needs.

Key Findings and Implementation Tools

No Key Findings

Key Performance Indicators

Improved quality (reduce errors & omissions), Improved performance/achieved success, Improved operations & maintainability, Improved design, Improved predictability

Research Publications

Maximizing Success in Integrated Projects: An Owner’s Guide - RES-CPF 2015-11

Publication Date: 08/2016 Type: Research Report Pages: 159 Status: Reference

Maximizing Success in Integrated Projects: An Owner’s Guide - RES-CPF 2015-2

Publication Date: 01/2016 Type: Research Report Pages: 54 Status: Tool


Presentations from CII Events

Plenary Session - Maximizing Success on Integrated Projects: An Owner’s Guide

Publication Date: Presenter: Number of Slides: 12 Event Code: AC2015

Implementation Session - Maximizing Success on Integrated Projects: An Owner’s Guide

Publication Date: Presenter: Number of Slides: 45 Event Code: AC2015


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