Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Pros and Cons

July 28, 2016 Colin Piper


What is Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)?

Integrated Project Delivery, or IPD, is a project delivery method that is distinguished by early collaboration between cross-functional teams, including design, construction, and architecture, to 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, and construction.

The process is defined by early substantive engagement by key stakeholders.

Benefits of IPD

The hallmarks of an IPD project are shared objectives, consensus decision-making, and the use of BIM, or building information modeling, which mean total collaboration from the start. There are a few key advantages to utilizing IPD:

IPD is an effective way to deliver a project, but some find that there may be negative effects that could result from choosing this method, like facing opposition to delivery method adoption, communication issues, or training for new technology.

Project collaboration technology has contributed to the rise of the integrated delivery method, enabling disparate teams to come together around a shared goal, across departments, geographies, and through previous technical boundaries.

For a detailed guide to Integrated Project Delivery, download the American Institute of Architecture’s comprehensive guide to IPD projects, outlining contract types, processes, and roles.

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