Partnering News – Dec 2013 – Research Roundup

IPI Launches Partnering Research Round-up!

IPI Partnering News

IPI Partnering News

IPI is pleased to announce the launch of a two-part study in 2014, our first self-funded research project.  The research, led by Assistant Professor Sinem Mollaoglu (Korkmaz), Ph D. LEED®AP at Michigan State University (MSU)'s Construction Management Program, will include the completion of a study on "Barriers to Partnering" (expected March 2014) and the Partnering Research Round-up, titled "Evidence-Based Research for Partnering Success Factors" (expected September 2014).

Sinem Mollaoglu (Korkmaz), PhD, LEED®AP Assistant Professor Human Ecology

Dr. Sinem Mollaoglu

IPI is very excited to take more than twenty years of existing Partnering research and distill it into one document. IPI Executive Director Rob Reaugh said, "More than fifty studies on partnering have been conducted in the U.S. and even more have been completed abroad, but the data has not been rounded up into a single study that looks at what we have learned.  We are so excited to have such an eminent university research team objectively evaluate these studies.  This will be our first step in identifying success factors of partnering, which we can then simplify to share with our members and the industry at large."

Anthony Sparkling, a Master's Candidate in Construction Management Program at Michigan State University

Anthony Sparkling

Professor Korkmaz shares, "Construction Partnering is an excellent area for research because the process is intended to help project teams co-create goals and improve much needed team integration in the construction industry.  When a project team creates a charter, they document project goals and then measure progress during the delivery process with a survey (scorecard) tool.  These, in theory and in expert reports, are key monitoring and managing tools for success in interdisciplinary project teams. Short term, we want to identify whether existing research demonstrates benefits and success factors with the use of structured partnering.  Long term, our goal is to better understand how integrated teams behave differently from traditional teams and what effect Partnering has on the level of team integration."

Professor Mollaoglu's primary research focuses on information exchange patterns and the performance of  inter-organizational project teams.  She will oversee work by Anthony Sparkling, a Master's Candidate in Construction Management Program at Michigan State University.

IPI CEO Sue Dyer states, "Becoming a source for cutting edge partnering research has always been the vision for IPI!  We hope that this will be the start of a long-term relationship where IPI sponsors ongoing research studies conducted by MSU."

If you have any questions about the new IPI Research project, would like to get involved with the IPI Research Committee, or if you would like to donate to the effort, please contact us.

IPI loves our New Members!

We are pleased to announce that O.C. Jones and Sons, Inc. has joined IPI!

OC Jones-logoO.C. Jones and Sons, Inc., who celebrates its  90th year in business in 2014, is a heavy civil engineering contractor based in Berkeley, CA.  Their core markets include highway and airport construction; athletic fields, parks and stadiums; commercial, industrial, residential and inter-modal facilities. No stranger to partnering, O.C. Jones has served on the Caltrans Partnering Steering Committee since 2006 and won numerous Caltrans Excellence in Partnering Awards, most recently in 2012 (Highway 101 HOV Widening, Windsor to Santa Rosa - Silver) and 2013 (Highway 4 Discovery Bay Project - Bronze).  O.C. Jones has also participated in several recent high profile Caltrans projects, including the recently completed installation of epoxy asphalt on the eastern span of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, the new $52 million Truck Inspection Facility in Fairfield, CA and the $76 million Hwy 4 widening in Antioch, CA.
IPI is excited to have the well-known Bay Area contractor join the movement and help make collaboration the norm on construction projects!

December IPI Member Anniversaries!

5 Year Anniversaries
Connecticut College - Dec 9
Granite Construction - Dec 31

4 Year Anniversaries
Flatiron Construction Corp. - Dec 2
C.C. Myers, Inc. - Dec 31

1 Year Anniversary
Webcor Builders - Dec 21

The 2014 IPI Award Applications are here!!!

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IPI Awards Application

Be recognized as one of the world's most collaborative project teams!

Criteria for your project

  • Construction is completed between Jan 1 and Dec 31, 2013
  • You are an Owner, Contractor, Designer, or Facilitator
  • You have an IPI Member on your team (or you plan to join)

Applications are due Valentines Day (Feb 14, 2014). Start today!

IPI Calendar of Events

IPI Board of Advisor's Meeting
Wed 12/4/13 8:30 am - noon

IPI Vertical Construction Committee
Thurs 12/19/13 8-9am

IPI Facilitator PEG
Mon 1/6/14 9:00am - 11am

IPI Vertical Construction Committee
Thurs 1/16/14 8:00am - 9am

Horizontal Construction Committee
Friday  1/24/14 8:30-9:30am