The days of the traditional design, bid, build are fading and there is a new need for cooperation and harmony in today’s construction industry. The time when architects design and specifications were developed in a vacuum and applied to the three-dimensional world can no longer survive in the high stakes game of building and development of the twenty first century. Cooperation, not competition, is king and the tools and processes to implement these changes are today’s mainstream, not a fringe concept without backbone.
Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and teamwork is the wave of today and is being implemented on most serious private development projects. Owner, contractor and subcontractor cooperation and joint planning is the key to successful budgeting, design and delivery of any quality project. The team is essential. The ability and desire to pre-construct together in order to construct together creates designs without holes and misunderstandings to be sorted out at the time of construction at job site level.
But who is keeping track of what? Value Stream Mapping is a system that allows everyone to share information regarding schedule, responsibility and roles to keep the process on track. The tracking of deadlines and milestones allows all team members to know what is required and how their piece of the puzzle fits with others. Being able to visualize your areas of concern and seeing how your success or failure impacts others allows you to be a true teammate.
Methods, processes and tools are wonderful to implement, but the true promise of the entire development of these wonderful systems is the development of a team. Delivery of a project by utilizing a coordinated and integrated team brings value. At Morrow-Meadows Corporation we believe that teamwork brings value in cost, quality and timely delivery of the project. We will bring value.