The International Partnering Institute (IPI) recently announce the winners of the 2016 Partnered Project of the Year awards, and three projects facilitated by Ventura Consulting Group were among the impressive list of recipients. The award-winning teams will be honored at the 7th Annual IPI Award Ceremony and Conference on Thursday, May 19 at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront. According to the IPI, the purpose of the awards is to

As built environment industry leaders, many of us are involved in the strategic planning for the companies we serve. We all know the importance of developing a strategy in order to achieve the goals we have set for our company, but how do we know if our strategy is a winning one? I recently read an article on with some key tests on “How to Tell if You Have

 Setting goals are crucial to success, but there are 4 practices you should avoid. As you can imagine, we are big fans of setting goals. Hundreds of studies conducted in numerous countries and contexts have demonstrated that setting goals can be a powerful driver of behavior and performance. However, a Harvard study suggests that whilst goal setting has many beneficial effects, there is a potential for significant side-effects if goals

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Phase 2 of the Exposition (Expo) Light Rail Line, at $1.5 billion, has been hailed as the light rail project that will finally connect downtown city of Los Angeles residents with the beaches of Santa Monica. A milestone design-build project in Los Angeles’s massive more than $40 billion transit program. As with any large complex transit project, there are major challenges and

On May 14th, 2015, IPI celebrated its 6th Annual IPI Partnering Awards Ceremony. Owners, Contractors, Facilitators, CMs, Designers, and other associated Construction professionals dedicated to construction culture change, gathered at the SFO International Airport Museum to Celebrate the Nation’s most collaborative organizations and Project Teams. Total contracted work: $2,079,873,557 Total budget savings: $135,878,595.74 (7% average savings) 19/23: ration of jobs without a Time Loss Incident 15/23: ratio of projects that

Partnering has become quite standard as a way for public sector owners such as the General Services Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Caltrans to preclude litigation with design and construction teams—even as the industry has embraced more negotiated work and collaborative project delivery methods. “In the last 10 years, we have discovered there’s a distinction between good project teams that finish on time, on budget and with no

The size of the “Cube”, by which the Courthouse is commonly referred, is well defined now with the structural steel in place and metal deck installation complete through Level 2.  The structure will continue to rise up through another nine levels and the roof to achieve the full “Cube” appearance. This progress through Level 2 has provided the required barrier for personnel safety at the lower levels and has permitted work to again move forward at

Everyone always refers to “good leadership” on their construction projects.  What is good leadership?  Where does it come from?  Truth be told, we are all leaders.  Whether we are on the frontlines putting work in place or reside in the corner office overseeing many projects, we all have leadership responsibilities.  How do we execute them better?  Here is an article from that really dials in some dialogue that you

On Monday, February 3rd, 2014, Neal Flesner presented at the monthly lunch meeting of The City Engineers of Orange County.  Neal spoke to the group on the behaviors of truly World Class teams, what it takes to deliver truly World Class teamwork and how leaders can enable their teams to strive for and achieve World Class teamwork and results on their construction projects. Participating Cities: Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Cerritos, Costa

FROM CALTRANS NEWSLETTER – MAY 2013 – We all want to do a good job, get recognized for it and enjoy going to work—all at the same time. You may ask how that’s possible in the world of construction, where changes, challenges and disputes happen daily. The Division of Construction administers a Partnering Program aimed at doing just that.  While the term “partnering” is thrown around in many circles as