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

The 2016 construction industry award season is here and your friends at Ventura Consulting Group can provide information, testimonials and award entry services to help your team get the recognition they deserve. Industry awards not only acknowledge the efforts of the project team, they also extend your group’s world class teamwork by forming stronger bonds with project owners, garnering online and print publicity and furthering industry best practices. We would be pleased

Hi Rob, I am a project manager for a specialty contractor.  We work on schools, hospitals, and other buildings in both the public and private sector.  I have heard a lot about Lean Construction, Integrated Project Delivery, and Collaborative Partnering.  They all seem pretty similar to me… what’s the difference? – Integrated Builder Dear Integrated Builder, This is a common and important question.  It is extremely important for the building

According to a recent Smart Market Report, “Managing Uncertainty and Expectations in Building Design and Construction,” the greatest risk to project success is the ability for the designer and contractor to resolve issues together along with the owner organization and that the ability for the team to collaborate is even more important than the selection of the project’s delivery method. For these reasons and more, the International Partnering Institute (IPI), whose mission is to

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

From the February/March Issue of Partnering Magazine In December 2012, Julie Brockman, Ph D. of Michigan State University published a study entitled “The Interpersonal Cost of Conflict in Construction”. In a study of 41 jobsite conflicts, they found that on AVERAGE, 161 hours (~20 days) were spent attempting to manage each conflict. When they analyzed those work hours, managing each conflict cost the team, on AVERAGE, $10,948.00! I am sorry

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

The results are for the ENR California Best Projects 2013.  The team of Whiting Turner & Clark Nexsen working with NAVFAC Southwest and partnering facilitated by Jim Eisenhart of VCG has won the Best Project in Government Buildings for the Edson and Chappo Dining Facilities, located in Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. On this project the Whiting-Turner design-build team was challenged to design and build two, identical – at least on the concept drawings

Paul Crotty of Ventura Consulting Group recently kicked off the partnering efforts for the construction of the new Federal Courthouse located in Los Angeles, CA.  The team broke ground on the project on August 8th, 2013.  The approx. 600,000 square-foot building was proposed back in 2001 and approved by Congress for $400 million, but the project came to a halt in 2006 when the Government Accountability Office found that costs