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Don’t Look Back, We’re Not Going That Way

Rick Mayfield, IPI Executive Director


f you stop by the IPI office on any given day, you’ll likely hear discussions about Partnering. Ok, that seems obvious, but it’s often how Partnering is described that is

most interesting. In the past thirty-plus years that Partnering has been used as a process to improve project outcomes, you might have heard words like, “Kumbaya,” “Soft Skills” and “Emotional Intelligence,” but if you speak to an IPI member today, you will more likely hear words like; “Structured Process,” “Pragmatic Approach,” “Developing High-Performing Teams” and “Synergy.” As IPI celebrates its tenth annual awards ceremony on May 16th and 17th at the Hilton San Francisco Bayfront Hotel, we reflect on the progress that we have made in our mission to transform the construction industry to achieve exceptional

have adopted a formalized Partnering Program. In addition,

results through a culture of collaboration. Although soft skills

California Department of Water Resources has developed

and team-building activities, what some might call “Kumbaya,”

their Collaborative Partnering program and Collaborative

are part of culture change, it’s the more structured approach to

Partnering Field Guide following the successful repair of the

issue resolution and project team innovation that has had the

2017 Oroville Dam Spillway failure in Northern California,

biggest impact on the success of the Partnering movement.

where the project team, through Structured Collaborative Partnering was able to complete three years of work in

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INSTITUTE (IPI) L PARTNERING 1 TION INTERNATIONA NERING SPECIFICA 2 STANDARD PART TION PARTNERING LEVEL 4 TRUC 3 PARTNERING) HORIZONTAL CONS LARGE PROJECT 4 ($25M–$250M – 5 6 AND PROCESS 7 REQUIREMENT - PARTNERING 8 DIVISION 1 9 1 - GENERAL ned to develop 10 SECTION ured process desig 11 n is to outline a struct coordination, and communication, of this specificatio aid issue 12 The purpose your project so that ering approach will e environment for 13 a collaborativ the norm. This Collaborative Partn schedule and quality. t, are 14 cooperation ts on project budge will lesson impac 15 resolution and all project rative manner with 16 ractor), all orative and coope r) works in a collab Contractor or Design/Builder (Cont specialty 17 (This Owne the Prime ing material suppliers, includ rs eers; large. and engin 18 stakeholde the community at and project architects all ies ors, agenc ntract of other iated with this 19 subco rs, representatives the contract assoc cally vendo ting , execu ltants In 20 consu business. enthusiasti will actively and is our way of doing they ering that s Partn actor agrees that 21 r agree defined here. Contr ctual control n, each stakeholde ss ficatio proce speci ering 22 ive Partn s within its contra fic in the Collaborat ctors and other entitie 23 participate make this a speci ctors, material contra ss as required. Contractor will proce 24 all sub-contra other entities in the Partnering ial suppliers, and 25 will participate tion for all sub-contractors, mater t and any other eer for this projec condi ering process tect and/or Engin 26 contractual Partn Archi the in The t. ipate partic this projec t have agreed to 27 working on engaged in this projec 28 consultants here. the Notice to 29 as defined within 30 days of project will start 30 Partnering for this ive Section 3): in borat ed Colla 31 Formal elements (defin will include these tator 32 Proceed and al Partnering Facili ssion Profe ied 33 d, IPI Certif opment of goals 1. A mutually agree er”, which includes the joint devel 34 Chart 2. A “Partnering ss 35 evaluation proce ering 3. A periodic, joint Stakeholder Partn lowest 36 , Core Team, and problems at the 4. Executive Level resolve potential to Plan 37 -up Follow 5. A Partnering 38 possible level 39 ing Plan Train ering 6 A Partn any contract 40 d here will not void ering process define ct will be preserved. 41 n in the formal Partn d by the final contra 42 Participatio and remedies define 43 part. All rights 44 45 2 - DESCRIPTION 46 SECTION 47 A. Definitions 48 Level ruction Partnering IPI Horizontal Const



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More than ever before,

approximately five and a half months. And lastly, Maryland

project teams have

DOT/Maryland Aviation Administration with Baltimore

adopted Partnering as

Washington International Airport won two 2018 IPI Partnered

the way they do business.

Project of the Year awards, and now require Partnering on all

As of this printing, over

of their projects over $10 million as a result of the exceptional

20 owners throughout

outcomes of those Partnered protects.

the US have added the IPI sample partnering

Partnering and collaborative practices are also spreading

specifications to their

internationally. At Collaboration 2019 in May, we will see a

contract documents,

project from Canada submitting for an award, hear about

and according to a

the Partnering program at the Sydney Water Department in

recent report by the

Australia, and hear a presentation on the Partnering program

FHWA, twenty-seven

at the State Department’s Overseas Business Operations, where

State Departments

they’re currently working on the American Embassy, Kampala

of Transportation

in Uganda, Africa.

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