Three world class heavy/highway project teams facilitated by Ventura Consulting Group were honored at the 2018 Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) Excellence in Partnering Awards ceremony in June. In its 18th year, the Caltrans Partnering Awards recognize Caltrans project teams for utilizing Partnering and its best practices to facilitate successful project implementation. Read on to learn why the following VCG-facilitated projects were among those honored. Highway 101/Petaluma River Bridge Best

By Neal Flesner and Jim Eisenhart When it comes to World Class™ construction partnering, it’s important to focus on strategic culture change versus tactical or process change. Read on to learn why in this excerpt from VCG President Jim Eisenhart’s success guide on Turning the Problem Construction Project into Extraordinary Success. Changing Behaviors Versus Changing Culture There is a huge difference between just tweaking individual behaviors and truly changing a

Setting common team goals is important for all construction projects, yet the stakeholders on a challenging/problem project often overlook this critical tactic. To empower our clients to become a world class team and achieve project success, we tell them to set common team goals regardless of how uncertain current circumstances appear. When a project is in a reactive or fire-fighting mode, individuals tend to overlook the value of setting measurable

$1.5 billion hospital for Sutter Health California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco is ahead of schedule, allowing for an early opening in 2019 Despite unique building challenges, the project’s enormity and multiple stakeholders, the $1.5 billion hospital for Sutter Health-California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) at Van Ness and Geary in San Francisco is on schedule for an early completion. Not only that, the relationships built among the project team

Winning projects represent the pinnacle of project achievement across the U.S. Congratulations to the U.S. Courthouse – Los Angeles project team on winning yet another industry award! Most recently the recipient of ENR’s Best of the Best Award in the government/public building project category, this World Class™ project team has garnered more than a dozen industry awards while the courthouse project was underway and after its completion in 2016. These

The Calavaras Dam Replacement project in the mountains east of San Francisco Bay has been plagued by a multitude of challenges; the most daunting of which were site conditions laid down by Mother Nature thousands of years ago. A major nearby fault, naturally occurring asbestos and ancient landslides uncovered while the project was already underway were just some of the obstacles faced by the project team. Although various unforeseen conditions

Three projects that implemented partnering programs facilitated by Ventura Consulting Group earned 2017 National Design-Build Project/Team Awards from the Design-Build Institute of America. The awards showcase design-build best practices and celebrate the achievements of owners and design-build teams in ten categories across the spectrum of horizontal and vertical construction. Award recipients were honored at the DBIA National Conference and Expo on November 9, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. Congratulations to the following award-winning project teams: Jordan

Construction is nearing completion on the $30 million Tropicana Pedestrian Bridge and Escalator Replacement Project in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ahead of schedule and on budget, the team has successfully implemented partnering under the guidance of VCG Master-Level Partnering Facilitator Neal Flesner to function as a World Class™ team. Serving roughly 130,000 pedestrians a day on the busy Las Vegas Strip, this highly-visible transportation project includes the replacement of 16 existing

In 2015, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated $174.8 million to 85 transportation projects for the purpose of repairing aging roads and bridges, alleviating traffic delays and supporting job growth statewide. “Preserving, rebuilding and expanding the state’s transportation infrastructure is key to improving the state’s mobility for decades to come,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty in a 2015 Caltrans news release. “Not only is it critical to California’s economy, but

Seeing is Believing. How partnering done right is producing partnering advocates one project at a time Many of our clients become life-long advocates of partnering after experiencing how powerful it can be when implemented correctly on their most challenging projects. Such was the case for Jim Pappas, Vice President of Hensel Phelps, Northern California and new Vice President of the International Partnering Institute (IPI) Board of Directors. After winning a