Attorney Will Lichtig created a new contract form for use on projects adopting Lean Project Delivery. This contract was the basis for the Tri-Party Agreement for Collaborative Project Delivery form put forth by the Consensus Document group.
An unique form for a revolutionary project delivery method, the Tri-Party Agreement is signed by the owner, architect and construction manager. These three, termed the “core group”, are vested with authority for managing the project. Their first responsibility is to select the project team. As design proceeds and construction commences, they make major project decisions by consensus. Only in the event of an impasse does the owner have sole responsibility and authority to resolve an issue.
Cardinal Glennon’s Childrens Medical Center in St. Louis used the precursor of the Tri-Party Agreement on a successful project completed one year ago. David Bonsall, a core group member for this job, was asked how this management by committee worked in practice. He quickly responded that it worked very well. So well in fact that there were no impasses resolved solely by the owner. The group attitude was that it did not have the right solution if they could not agree. The solution was to keep talking until they could.« Back to news