2. Identify the keys to success to creating a seamless, collaborative design and construction team relationship
Seamless + Collaborative = easier said than done! A great example of how we did this came from our second case study, the Western Wisconsin Health(WWH) project. Here, Jason talked about the Lean Construction practices in play including the first key to success, integrating a “Design Pull Schedule” to incorporate key decision makers. This is a collaborative process that includes those who are directly responsible for supervising the work on the project and working backwards from completion through each phase.
Two additional keys to success were using 3D modeling for design, coordination, and prefabrication and engaging MEP trade partners early to assist with design, analyzing options and 3D coordination. We had detailed planning of handoffs, project milestones and transitioning into phases. With this project’s goal of establishing a community hub for health and wellness, these keys to success did indeed work as it achieved some fantastic results (remember the exuberant feeling when you scored an A on a really big project?)
We felt that same sense of pride as WWH achieved 36% more energy efficient than required by energy code and realizes an annual energy cost savings of $96,800.00. Sure, that might not seem like a HUGE number, but over the course of 10 years, that nearly $1M! Further, the project was recently awarded LEED Certified Silver, saw a 52% increase in fitness Memberships in first year, and was completed on time even with a 2-month delay to start! TBH if every school group project had gone like this, I probably would have blogged about the success of it, too.