Architects and Contractors Explore New Collaborative Arrangements

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Stoel Rives attorney Dick Alexander discussed in the Portland Business Journal the trend of greater formal collaboration between builders and designers. Integrated Project Delivery ("IPD") is the latest and most effective manifestation of this trend. IPD fosters collaboration throughout the entire construction project and ties the parties together through shared financial risk and reward.

"Over the years, the industry has made small steps towards more collaboration and cooperation, but IPD goes further," said Alexander. "IPD is a whole bunch of ways that the ownership team, the contractor team and the design team can work together on the job to maximize the likelihood that the project will be successful and minimize the likelihood of disputes."

Alexander noted that most requests for proposal on major projects around the county include some form of IPD. While pure IPD projects may not be a universal fit, he said that increased collaboration is the future. "IPD is just a continuation of earlier efforts to collaborate. It may not be the entire answer, and in a few years there might be another buzz word, but it will still be based around collaboration and cooperation."

"Encouraging a little more collaboration" was published by the Portland Business Journal, August 10, 2012. Subscription required.

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