Integrated project delivery is a collaborative project delivery model that eliminates waste thereby reducing cost and speeding delivery. A fundamental principal is the elimination of organizational silos that lead each party to elevate its own interest over that of the whole.
As IPD delivers results, it is gaining ground. 51% of the 151 companies participating in a recent survey indicated involvement in an IPD project in 2013. Gilbane Building Company is one of the leading IPD construction companies. It touts including cost savings and on-time construction along with high quality as headline results for IPD.
DPR Construction’s marquee IPD project is the Temecula Valley Hospital delivered for Universal Health Services. The project was completed at a cost of $1.07 million per bed, far below California’s average of $1.8 million per bed. Universal Health Services, the largest for-profit hospital chain in the country, now uses IPD on all projects exceeding $3 million in costs.
While IPD is used on projects for a number of industries, it seems to have found particular favor in healthcare. There significant and growing budgeting constraints and continually rising demand combined with traditional inefficiency to create a perfect storm for out-of-the-box solutions. Initial successes are creating a buzz and inviting further attention. The stage seems set for IPD to revolutionize design and construction in healthcare and other industries.
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