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Construction Partnering Has Become The Critical First Step For Large Building Projects

We all know that every building begins with a solid foundation. On today’s large building projects teams draw from firms of architects, designers, general contractors and other construction specialists – all slated to be working together. A new trend has emerged within the industry whereby these teams are relying on first building a solid human foundation of collaboration, trust and enhanced team skills well before ground breaking. This process is Construction Partnering.
Starting Off Right
Construction Partnering is the critical first step; the building of a firm, solid foundation. It’s the forming of a high performance team from a collection of talented individuals. Partnering is the special establishment of critical and important relationships. It’s the agreement to work in a keen collaboration, in harmony, minimizing conflict while maximizing extraordinary effectiveness.
Construction partnering workshops facilitate the forming of high performance teams and preparing them for their biggest of games. The sought-after goal is to build sustainable partnerships, save time and money, build beautiful buildings and do it all as smoothly as possible.
With today’s modern building technologies taking exciting different approaches including Building Information Modeling (BIM), the notion of creating vital working agreements, as a unified team, becomes even more important.
Partnering workshops create a process necessary to contribute to critical and important working relationships.
A� Identify key milestones to build accountability to on time delivery
A� Get all stakeholders on the same page with respect to implementation challenges
A� Ensure a higher quality project
A� Building a shared vision and team goals
A� Agree to identifiable methods to ease and settle disputes
Partnering workshops create the unique opportunity to arrive at key working agreements, goals, expectations and strategies to work better together minimizing conflict while maximizing extraordinary effectiveness and efficiencies.
Partnering Workshops are not meetings to deal with day-to-day issues. Instead, the workshop is totally focused on the newly assembled team and its requirement for rowing in the same direction; team building. The initial task is to reach a level of understanding that can result in the development, refinement and maintenance of a special group, committed to take on a smooth running project.
A partnering workshop is more than a one-time event. Workshops create a culture of ongoing awareness and activity that focuses and fuels attention towards working better as a well-oiled unit. Though the initial workshop might take just a day, the partnering process is revisited regularly by successful teams as they continually adjust to the specific issues that arise in a complex building project.
The format of initial partnering workshops may vary, but in most cases the team will be exposed to these 6 core objectives:
1) Using experiential activity to discover for themselves the strengths and working styles of the individual members of the group.
2) Work together to articulate the various sub groups’ expectations, needs and goals.
3) Define measurable targets.
4) Work together to architect a compelling vision statement that actively serves and inspires them as they work together to complete the project.
5) To …