Partnering Magazine Summer 2019

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Collaboration 2019

The 10th Annual Awards Ceremony and Conference


Day 1

Satero, Airport Director at San Francisco

Project Partnering in the Digital Age—Nathan C. Wood, SpectrumAEC

International Airport and IPI Board

Attending his first IPI conference, Nathan Wood, Chief Enabling

President delivering the “state of IPI”

Officer at SpectrumAEC presented the use of technology to

e kicked off Collaboration 2019 with Ivar

address, covering highlights of recent accomplishments

improve project outcomes and the challenges and benefits it

as well as future plans. Through the efforts of IPI, over

produces. Nathan began stating that “technology may be the

20 Owner Agencies are utilizing language provided by IPI

catalyst for digital transformation, but it’s only as effective as

to require Partnering in their construction specifications.

the people using it and their ability to communicate and execute

According to a recent report by the FHWA, twenty-seven DOT’s

consistently. The best way to motivate change is through shared

throughout the US have adopted a formalized Partnering

purpose and a culture of trust between project stakeholders.

Program and more airports and municipalities are making

Shared purpose is driven by aligned contract incentives (Design-

partnering a part of their

Build, IPD), and the culture of trust is built through the Partnering

culture. Structured collaborative

process.” Be on the lookout for a future webinar featuring

Partnering is not a “California

Nathan sharing his expertise on integrating technology and

secret.” Over 40% of this year’s

teams to improve collaboration.

award-winning projects were includes a winning project from

Exploring the Relationship between Lean and Partnering— Eric Sanderson, Red Rocks Advisors, LLC

Manitoba, Canada and Partnering

This panel consisted of Lean expert, Sean Graystone, Consultant

Champion from Sydney, Australia.

with Project Leadership and Delivery LLC, Walt Terry,

Ivar continued by sharing what’s

Construction Executive with Skanska USA and Ivan Ramirez,

coming, including a new webinar series, Young Professionals

Director of Construction at Contra Costa Transportation

Group, additional networking events and a new award category

Authority. Initiatives like Lean and Partnering are shaping the

to recognize collaborative teams that deliver exceptional

future of the construction industry. The panel discussed these

projects, but have not yet utilized Partnering.

two approaches and agreed that they have become more widely

from outside California. This

accepted throughout the industry. There are more opportunities Here are a few highlights from the presentations and panel

to examine how they may complement one another and

discussions during the two-day event.

potentially improve the effectiveness of both.

Partnering in any construction type or delivery method— Paul Crotty, Ventura Consulting

Dynamics of Collaboration—Stuart Seiden, Mary-Alice Avila, Avila and Seiden, Architects

Two key points that stood out as being central to this discussion

This was a live collaborative, team problem solving exercise to

were; what characteristics of a project team makes them

highlight the impact “team dynamics” play in the development

successful, and; did these characteristics change for different

of a project. In this session, “Team A” was given a project to

construction types or delivery method used? The discussion

work on to resolve a problem. The audience took an active role

was rich with opinions of what makes a successful team, and

in judging how the team used Partnering principles to work

the answers were fairly consistent, that trust, open and honest

through the challenge. It was interesting to see the dynamics of

communication and aligned goals were at the top of the list.

communication and the sharing of knowledge when presented

A discovery was made by those attendees who have heard or

with a challenge.

believed that Partnering was more effective with certain types

This session was a

of delivery methods or construction types, when in reality,

learning experience

trust, honest communication and aligned goals are at the

for both participants

foundation of all successful projects.

and the audience.


Partnering Magazine Summer 2019

What makes a successful team?, open and honest communication, and aligned goals are at the top of the list.

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