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eginning January 2020, the San Francisco Collaborative Partnering Steering Committee (SFCPSC), will be launching its new Partnering
Fundamentals Training Initiative. The training, which is Free for attendees, is based on the City of San Francisco’s updated partnering specification and the new San Francisco Partnering Field Guide, available for download at www.sfpartnering.com. The new partnering specification appears in contract documents and requires at least one member of the contractor’s project team to complete partnering training and
and aligning with industry partners to deliver quality
receive certification within 90 days of NTP on City projects.
construction projects. We now have a successful partnering
San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru, who
awards program, a comprehensive Partnering Field Guide and
serves as co-chair of the SFCPSC, notes, “This training provides
this training initiative. We are making great strides in making
essential and practical problem-solving tools for project
San Francisco the first major metropolitan city with a robust
teams and is part of our commitment to the City’s partnering
program and the collective goal to make the City and County of San Francisco the owner of choice. We already have seen
The four-hour training sessions will be held regularly in
huge savings and positive results on our projects, thanks to our
San Francisco with participants from the City and industry.
collaborative partnering efforts.”
Attendees will be given invaluable tools to effectively implement the partnering process, carry out project goals and
IPI Board Member, Mike Ghilotti, of Ghilotti Bros, Inc., who
resolve issues to improve project outcomes. In addition to
co-chairs the SFCPSC with Nuru, added: “This is a big deal!
providing an overview of the partnering specification and San
Since launching the Steering Committee in 2016, we have been
Francisco Partnering Field Guide, the training gives attendees
focused on building cohesion across the six City departments
the opportunity to prepare a sample charter and brainstorm ways to address key issues gathered from actual City projects. The SFCPSC is comprised of department heads from San Francisco Public Works, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, the Port of San Francisco and San Francisco International Airport, as well as representatives from industry membership organizations such as United Contractors, AGC of California and the Construction Employers’ Association. For more information on the program or to enroll in an upcoming class, please contact Jennifer Lei, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency at partneringtraining@ sfmta.com or visit www.sfpartnering.com.
Partnering Magazine Winter 2020