The International Partnering Institute (IPI) recognized the 2017 Partnered Project of the Year (PPY) Award winners this past May during IPI’s Collaboration 2017 Conference and Award Ceremony at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront in Burlingame, Calif. VCG Partnering Facilitator Neal Flesner attended the annual event along with other design and construction professionals. As reported by the IPI, the awards ceremony recognized the most collaborative organizations and project teams of

By Neal Flesner and Jim Eisenhart While many of us have mastered the art of emailing, texting, tweeting, Facebook Messenger and other electronic communication, verbal communication is still the best way to effectively communicate on a construction project. A form of digital communication we try to discourage when facilitating problem projects is email. Although email is trackable and can deliver a message to a team member quickly, it’s not appropriate

The International Partnering Institute (IPI) recently announced the 2017 John L. Martin Partnered Project of the Year Award winners, and three projects facilitated by Ventura Consulting Group were chosen among this year’s recipients. The award-winning teams will be recognized at the IPI Collaboration 2017 Conference and Awards Ceremony on May 18-19 at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront in Burlingame, CA. The IPI Awards were developed to celebrate success, share

We’ve often witnessed collaborative project teams overcome seemingly insurmountable tasks using a one-team mindset focused on common goals, and harnessing the collective expertise of the project team. Such was the case on Phase 1 of the San-Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge East Span removal project. While there were many who doubted it could ever be done—blow up a gigantic concrete bridge foundation in the middle of San Francisco Bay using tons

While facilitating Partnering programs for project teams across the globe over the last 10 years, I have asked construction team members, “What is the key to great construction projects?” One of the most popular responses nearly everyone seems to agree with is, communication. It’s true. Communication, or how we express our positions, interpretations and requests is the key to success on construction projects. This is not theory. It has been

Partnering in construction has evolved since the early ’90s, playing an even more crucial role in today’s increasingly collaborative building environment. VCG President Jim Eisenhart (pictured) and leading A/E/C industry professionals were recently interviewed by Engineering News-Record regarding modern partnering practices and how their firms are employing partnering strategies to mitigate challenges, increase profits and ensure project success in the age of increased collaboration. Two VCG facilitated projects exemplifying partnering at its best are highlighted in

“Bravo Zulu” (well done)!  This was the resounding praise declared by members of the project team upon completion of the U.S. Navy’s San Clemente Island Fuel Facility renovation and upgrade project.  The Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center (NAVSUP FLC) San Diego commemorated the success of this important project during a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 6, 2016. “At a partnering session about a year ago, we all committed

“Clear, common goals that the whole project team buys into are the centerpiece. They ensure we are all in alignment with common expectations. These need to be set early.”    — Jim Bostic, St. Joseph Health Systems / Petra ICS By Jim Eisenhart, VCG President We have a project team ranking system at Ventura Consulting Group that is divided into three areas—Business as Usual, Good Teams and World Class Teams.  In

Plenty of excitement and news coverage surrounded the May 20th opening of the new Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority Expo Line Phase 2 project. The team involved with its design and construction was equally thrilled, not only with the project’s outcome, but with the partnering process that helped them overcome various obstacles to achieve success. Built to provide an efficient means of transportation from downtown Los Angeles to the beaches

Caltrans recognized 13 project teams during the 2016 Caltrans Excellence in Partnering Award Ceremony held on May 4, 2016. The Caltrans District 8 Interstate-40 Rehabilitation at Kelbaker Road project team was among those honored for utilizing partnering and best practices to help ensure successful project implementation. Facilitated by Neal Flesner of Ventura Consulting Group, the $16.1 million project involved the rehabilitation of a section of Interstate 40 in San Bernardino