The AIA recently published a document on Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). It's an interesting document worth reading.
Integrated Project Delivery leverages early contributions of knowledge and expertise through the utilization of new technologies, allowing all team members to better realize their highest potentials while expanding the value they provide throughout the project lifecycle.
This Integrated Project Delivery Guide (jointly developed by AIA’s Contract Documents Committee and the AIA California Council) is offered as a tool to assist owners, designers and builders to move toward integrated models and improved design, construction and operations processes. The goal of the Guide is to identify the characteristics of IPD and to provide specific information and guidance on how to utilize IPD methods to achieve enhanced design, construction and operations processes.
The Guide begins with introductory material about the principles of IPD and points of consideration in a generic sense, moves through a study of implementation of IPD and culminates with discussion of application of general IPD principles within the specific framework of common delivery models used in the marketplace today. When thoughtfully considered, absorbed, and then applied, the principles and techniques outlined in this guide should allow readers to be able to:
Understand principles of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD);
Understand the value propositions of IPD from the perspective of various stakeholders;
Organize non-traditional delivery methods and alternative team relationships for improved project performance, understanding the necessary qualifications / attributes of team members;
Assess interest and adequate knowledge resources within ones team;
Discern subtle difference between possible models for IPD;
Advocate the benefit of an integrated delivery model;
Understand the issues that must be addressed in an integrated project delivery document;
With the appropriate resources, write an agreement based on integrated project delivery principles;
Implement IPD principles to proceed with confidence during this time of change.