Project delivery resources

Architecture is a project-based endeavor, and architectural practice centers on project delivery. Project delivery methods change in response to economic trends, environmental concerns, and technological advances. Skill in project management and leadership increases in importance as projects become more complex and more integrated. Research in practice, quality management, use of technology, and understanding of the regulatory environment are ways in which architects manage complexity and improve effectiveness.

Design Project Delivery Resources

AIA's Architects Handbook of Professional Practice, chapter nine includes: Project Delivery Methods; Integrated Project Delivery; Emerging Issues in Project Delivery; and much more. The handbook provides a comprehensive overview of project delivery in architectural practice.

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Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide

Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is a project delivery approach that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to optimize project results, increase vales to the owner, reduce waste, and maximize efficacy through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction. The free AIA Contract Document IPD Guide provides a tool to assist owners, designers, and builders to move toward integrated models and improved design, construction, and operations processes.

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Alternative service delivery methods

Design-build is just one of the service delivery methods that can replace the traditional design-bid-build method. A number of other alternatives present an array of risk/reward opportunities for architects, including construction manager at risk, project manager, construction agent, and architect as consultant.

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Lean Architecture: Excellence in Project Delivery

Explore the essentials of Lean Thinking, identify 3 goals for implementation, and explore its application within project management, documentation, and technology. This fast-paced program covers the key essentials of Lean Thinking; identifies three goals for implementation by architects; and explores their application to project management, documentation, and technology.

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Tips for Reviewing a Contract

The contract negotiation process provides an opportunity to set the client-design professional relationship on a firm and productive course. Both parties must have a full appreciation of the issues involved in the negotiation process, their interrelationships, and relative importance to the end result, the project.

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Project management manual offers guide for success

A project management manual is intended to guide project managers. The manual should be flexible enough to suit individual styles in meeting the objectives of project management. Regardless of the firm’s success in marketing services, designing sound and aesthetically pleasing works, and honing technical skills, we are doomed to failure without sound management of our projects.

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AIA Contract Documents Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Family

The AIA provides agreements for three levels of integrated project delivery. Transitional Forms are modeled after existing construction manager agreements and offer a comfortable first step into integrated project delivery. The Multi-Party Agreement is a single agreement that the parties can use to design and construct a project utilizing integrated project delivery. The Single Purpose Entity (SPE) creates a limited liability company for the purpose of planning, designing and constructing the project. The SPE allows for complete sharing of risk and reward in a fully integrated collaborative process. AIA documents for IPD can be used on large private sector commercial projects.

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D503™ 2013, guide for sustainable projects

This guide is a discussion of the roles and responsibilities faced by owners, architects, and contractors on sustainable design and construction projects. AIA Document D503™–2013 includes a discussion of environmental product ratings, certification systems and jurisdictional requirements that may apply to sustainable projects. D503–2013 includes a sample Sustainability Plan that readers can use for assistance when preparing a Sustainability Plan unique to their project.

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Guide to AIA Contract Document for Small Projects

Information about AIA resources of interest to small project practitioners, including small firms, sole practitioners, and custom residential architects. These resources include selected AIA Contract Documents of particular relevance to small project practitioners, reference material available to download free of charge on the AIA Contract Documents Reference Material website, directions on where to find AIA documents in different formats, such as paper, Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format), and AIA Contract Documents® software, links to relevant resources on AIA KnowledgeNet and Web sites for education and training, contact information for assistance in purchasing AIA Contract Documents and software, technical support, and for assistance with questions about AIA document content and selection and a Documents Comparison Chart that provides a quick reference of major characteristics of many documents discussed in the Guide.

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Project delivery systems: How they impact efficiency and profitability in the building sector

This McGraw Hill "SmartMarket" Report is drawn from an online survey of 125 architects and 115 contractors, along with a phone survey of 100 owners. The Report illustrates the survey data in numerous clear and insightful graphs showing how our industry views the advantages and disadvantages of common project delivery systems. Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, and CM-at-Risk are all analyzed in detail. IPD and Design-Build-Operate/Maintain are also covered in the survey. The Report is an excellent reference for anyone interested in learning more about the characteristics of the typical project delivery methods commonly used in architecture.

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Integrated Project Delivery: Case Studies 2010

These case studies examine real-world, completed building projects that used Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) in as pure a form as possible. The projects studied show the successful application of IPD in a variety of building types and scales and in diverse regions of the country. This is the first installment of an ongoing process of evaluation and it will be supplemented as additional IPD projects now underway are completed.

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Integrated Project Delivery: Case Studies 2012

This study is a revision of our report published in February 2011. It advances the previous study with the inclusion of one new case study (University of California San Francisco, UCSF), report of the survey results and addition of the six cases documented in the 2010 AIA/AIA-CC publication of “Integrated Project Delivery: Case Studies.” Whereas previous case study efforts were limited to the handful of projects executing IPD, this effort is framed broadly, choosing projects of various program types, sizes, team composition and locations. Additionally, this set of case examples documents a wide range of team experience, from teams with quite a bit of IPD experience to those who are using their project as a learning experience. The level of experience of the teams is shown graphically in the at-a-glance pages of the matrix. Unique to this study is the opportunity to study projects from early phases through completion. Following projects over time, we hope to gain insight on the evolution of each project, its collaborative culture and areas of success and challenge. This document is focused on project activities that lay the foundation for collaborative practices in IPD.

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Building Information Modeling and the Transition to Integrated Project Delivery

What impact has building information modeling and the new integrated project delivery paradigm had on professional liability and risk management? Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, Inc. and CNA work with the AIA Trust to offer AIA members quality risk management coverage through the AIA Trust Professional Liability Insurance Program and Business Owners Program.

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Schematic design phase quality management

A checklist can assist project teams in meeting their schematic design obligations. In developing a checklist for general applicability, it is necessary to decide upon some frame of reference; this checklist assumes a medium to large commercial project. The checklist could be trimmed for smaller projects, expanded for larger ones, and revised to be applicable to particular building types or specific projects.

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Managing quality in the design development phase

This checklist is intended to assist project teams in meeting their design development obligations. This checklist is organized in three primary parts: general objectives of phase, phase task checklist and deliverables for phase. The phase task checklist is further organized by subgroup tasks. In developing a checklist for general applicability, it is necessary to decide upon some frame of reference; this one assumes a medium to large commercial project.

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Quality control: Preparation of working drawings

The quality of working drawings is among the primary metrics clients use to assess the quality of an architect’s services. This preparation checklist can help us render high-quality drawings.

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Integrated Project Delivery and Building Information Modeling

This article includes a discussion of AIA Document E202-2008, Building Information Modeling Protocol Exhibit. Since the article was written, the American Institute of Architects has updated new digital practice documents. Parts of this article are still relevant even though new documents have been published.

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