Thanks to a collaborative team effort, the new VA Butler Health Care Center in Butler, Pennsylvania will improve and enhance the quality of care for military veterans and their families in the region earlier than anticipated. Built to replace a smaller, aging health care facility located 1.4 miles away, the project was accepted by the VA seven months ahead of schedule on May 26, 2017, and is set to open

By Neal Flesner with excerpts from Jim Eisenhart During our partnering workshops, we stress the importance of owning project success as a team with no excuses. Part of truly owning the game as a team is managing issues at the lowest level possible, then escalating them to senior or executive management only when necessary. As VCG President Jim Eisenhart discusses in his book, Raising the Bar on Construction Project Teamwork,

By: Candice Evenson, Operations Coordinator, IPI Jim Eisenhart, President of Ventura Consulting Group and author of “Raising the Bar on Construction Project Teamwork” specializes in a method for Partnering that simplifies large, complex projects such as airports, railways, and hospitals. He calls it “Derivative Partnering.” Derivative Partnering involves shorter and generally smaller sessions where key players meet to discuss specific goals and concerns. The full team comes together for a

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