The American Institute of Architects defines Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) as “a project delivery approach that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to optimize project results, increase value to the owner, reduce waste, and minimize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction.”
This modern approach requires all trades to fully vest in agreements, processes and collaborative problem-solving—working together like one big company instead of a group of individual trades looking out for themselves. And it works! IPD is quickly gaining momentum as it has proven to produce results, not only for the owner’s bottom-line, but for participating contractors as well. A recent poll from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), reported that more than 80% of contractors who used the IPD method resulted in improvements in time, profitability, cost, innovation and project quality. Additionally, a whopping 93% reported an improvement in time planning and control.
Universal Health Services (UHS)—which Bergelectric has worked for on several IPD Healthcare projects across the country—stated that with IPD’s lean concepts and shared profitability, building hospitals can be constructed with zero disputes, built faster and cost less. (Yes, all three are possible!) A shining example of the value of an IPD approach was apparent at UHS Temecula Valley Hospital where the IPD team, including Bergelectric, reduced the total cost per bed from the California average of $1.8 million per bed to an unprecedented $1.1 million per bed, while at the same time reducing the owner’s milestone of “heads-in-beds” by 25%.
Bergelectric is continuing to add successful IPD projects to their resume. Most recently, they worked in an IPD role on the UHS Henderson Hospital project—a 142-bed hospital in Henderson, NV. Other IPD projects on Berg’s resume include: Palomar Medical Center, Corona Medical Center, Sierra Vista Psychiatric Hospital, and Holly Hill Children’s Psychiatric Hospital just to name a few. Bergelectric’s preconstruction resources, technology-savvy BIM Department, prefabrication capabilities, and their big-picture approach to each project make them the perfect contractor for IPD.