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AIA Releases a Guide for Integrated Project Delivery
November 9, 2007

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) in conjunction with the AIA California Council recently announced the availability of Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide (The Guide), a primer for working in an integrated team model that includes the owner, architect and contractor, and extends beyond the major stakeholders to also include subcontractors, engineers and major systems suppliers, among others. The Guide, which is a resource available at no cost, provides direction on transitioning existing project delivery models to a collaborative, integrated team model. The resulting model leverages the early contribution of individual expertise and allows all team members to better realize their potential while expanding the value they provide throughout the project lifecycle.

Recently, a number of studies have been conducted which show increasing inefficiencies and waste in the construction industry.
Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) provides an industry-wide solution. As defined by the AIA, 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 value to the owner, reduce waste and maximize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication, construction, and occupancy.

Developed jointly by the AIA’s Contract Documents Committee and the AIA California Council, The Guide was drafted in response to the shifting landscape of the industry.

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