Author Archives: David Odell, Vice President, UCI Construction

When A Collaborative-Delivery Firm Establishes a Price, It Is a Binding Number

A savvy design-builder once said you should avoid giving a price for a project with an undefined scope of work. The critical success factors that all design-builders consider are a well-defined scope of work, manageable schedule, fair allocation of risks, and strong collaborative relationship between the owners and the design-build team.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, Procurement.

Mitigating Risks Through Collaborative Delivery

During the preliminary design or preconstruction phase of a project, developing a risk registry in parallel with the design, scope development and costing, gives the owner and the collaborative delivery firm a clear understanding of potential risks and their potential effects on delivering the final project.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, Risk Allocation.

Safety in the Integrated Project Delivery Approach

Safety on projects is increasingly important for a successfully completed project in financial outcomes, as well as public perception. In addition, it is just the right message to send to all of the team by saying that it is unacceptable for anyone to be injured. Some time ago, a construction company executive at a meeting of key staff asked 10 people to stand up. He then asked, “Would each of you volunteer to get hurt on our projects this coming year?” He asked, because that is how many were injured in the previous year. No one volunteered to be hurt.

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Topics: Design-Build, Safety.