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Incorporating existing culture and community into a new build

Incorporating existing culture and community into a new build
Date Published: March 28, 2024
Megan Stewart, M.A.

Megan Stewart, M.A.

Project Development Coordinator - Facilitation and Collaborative Processes

With a background in adult education and learning and development, Megan focuses on team development, internal communication, and continuous improvement in collaborative construction contracts, such as IPD and Alliancing.

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In the realm of construction, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) stands out not just as a contracting style but as a unique guiding principle - one that champions inclusivity, innovation, and the pursuit of the highest quality for the client. IPD takes a collaborative approach from the initial pursuit phase to design, construction, and commissioning. It's a method that values the voices and perspectives of all stakeholders. This inclusivity is a crucial strength of IPD, as it incorporates various groups' insights, strengths, and cultures right from the start. The result is a built environment that aligns with end-user requirements and is delivered through a transparent and collaborative culture.

The success of an IPD is not just about the project—it's about a fundamental transformation of team dynamics and values. Through a collaborative team approach, new ways of approaching challenges and communicating between stakeholders are necessary. However, the benefits are not just for the project. Every aspect of project management, from team structures to decision-making processes, will require new approaches that consider each team's strengths and embrace the project's primary objective. This shift in strategy can lead to personal growth and professional development for the stakeholders, making IPD a win-win situation.

One of the cornerstones of IPD's success is the cultivation of a supportive and empowering culture. This culture is not just a buzzword—it's a shared vision, values, and mutual respect permeating the project team. To achieve this, IPD teams must invest in nurturing a culture of trust, collaboration, and continuous improvement. It's a process that starts from the very beginning, during onboarding procedures and continues with regular team value check-ups. Every team member is briefed and included throughout these sessions to ensure consistency in the goals and targets. This process of culture cultivation is a journey that leads to a more productive and harmonious work environment.

Utilizing tools such as team health surveys, schedule check-ins, and icebreaker tools provides visibility for everyone and promotes cooperation. Embracing a culture of continuous improvement means constantly challenging the teams to work together, inspiring and strengthening the project. IPD teams recognize that great ideas can emerge from anywhere. Encouraging open dialogue and creativity is essential, and it can be done by scheduling structured activities throughout the project's life cycle and utilizing Plus-Delta sessions to promote reflection and define a path forward.

Integrated Project Delivery represents not just a methodology for project delivery but a holistic approach to construction that embraces cooperation, culture, and continuous improvement. By aligning end-user requirements, creating new team structures, fostering a supportive culture, and promoting open dialogue and reflection, IPD delivers success in the final product. As the industry continues to evolve, embracing the principles of IPD is essential for navigating the complexities of modern construction and realizing the full potential of collaborative approaches.

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