Partnering News – February 2014 – AHA Moments

Partnering AHA Moments!

IPI keeps getting asked about the Best Practices for collecting Lessons Learned from your projects.  Here, we share some new ways to keep track using a Blog!

Partnering News

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Have you ever been on a project and you get the sinking feeling that you have run into this same problem on other projects - but the lesson just never was "learned"? This kind of instance happens all too often on our projects!

The Collaborative Partnering model includes a Lessons Learned session at the end of each partnered project. A great way to begin sharing these lessons (so you and your people can actually learn them) is through a blog style web site!


Blogs are easy to use, searchable, and simple to maintain. The best part is that you can categorize the lessons learned by topic, type of project, size of project or whatever makes the most sense for your organization. It would quickly become a great resource to your teams and new engineers. It would also be a great way for PM's to detect trends in your program so they can better steer their teams.

One thing to remember about setting up a Lessons Learned process is that...the lesson has not been learned until behavior changes. So your performance measures are also a fundamental part of your lessons learned process. For your projects, we can use scorecards. What is equally important is to measure the overall program's performance.

Important measures might include cost, schedule, claims, arbitrations, Value Engineering applications, etc.

By thinking about capturing the lessons that get learned on each project, hosting a forum for them to be shared and measuring how well behavior is changing, you will be on your way to developing the kind of changes needed for sustainable success!

IPI loves our New Members!

We are pleased to announce that McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., Austin Commercial, AP, and San Francisco Recreation & Parks have joined IPI!

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.McCarthy Builders Logo
A 100% employee owned company McCarthy Builders is celebrating its 150th Anniversary in 2014 and is considered to be one of the top 10 U.S. Commercial Builders. McCarthy has a strong history as a collaborative builder and is currently working on IPI Founding Member SFO International Airport's West Field Cargo Facility. This $35 million project is a 112,520 sq. ft. facility being built on the existing Building No. 632 footprint. Just this past December, McCarthy received ENR California's "Best Health Care Project" award for the Bill Holmes Tower at CHOC Children's Hospital. McCarthy is also considered to be California's top contractor in revenue by ENR and one of the top 10 in the U.S. We are so excited to serve this outstanding organization!

Austin Commercial, L.P.Austin Commercial
With over 100 years of building experience, this nationally recognized leader in aviation and commercial building has made a name for itself as one of the country's safest builders in both the public and private sectors. In 2012, AGC National recognized Austin Commercial as the Nation's Safest Contractor. Austin, in a JV with Walsh Construction, has also been recognized for outstanding work in Partnering and received a Diamond-Level Partnered Project of the Year Award in 2012 for the Sacramento International Airport "Big Build" Terminal B Landside Contract for an outstanding collaborative effort! This megaproject was featured in an IPI newsletter in early 2012. (attached here). We are pleased to have this innovative builder on board and look forward to serving them for many years to come!

San Francisco Recreation & ParksSan Francisco Dept. of Recreation and Parks Logo
One of the 6 key City and County of San Francisco Departments to adopt a structured approach to Partnering, SF Recreation & Parks has joined up with IPI! We are excited to support the collaborative efforts of the agency tasked with maintaining and operating more than 3,400 Citywide as well as 220 neighborhood parks, 179 playgrounds and play areas and 36 community gardens, including the new Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden in the world famous Golden Gate Park. They had a busy year in 2013, completing renovations on several projects involved in the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. The work included the Palega Recreation Center, a $21 million renovation of the recreation center, children's play area and athletic courts in the Portola District and the $4.5 million renovation of the Cabrillo Playground in Outer Richmond. We are excited to support SF Rec & Park as they embrace Collaborative Partnering!

February IPI Member Anniversaries!

4 Year Anniversary
City of San Jose Public Works - Feb 16

3 Year Anniversaries
City of Walnut Creek - Feb 8
Center for Conflict Resolution at Salisbury University - Feb 13
Carr, Swanson, and Randolph - Feb 28

2 Year Anniversary
PG & E - Feb 15

IPI Calendar of Events

IPI Facilitator PEG
Mon 2/24/14 9:00am - 10:30am

IPI Vertical Construction Committee
Thurs 2/20/14 8:00am - 9am

City & County of San Francisco/Contractor Partnering Summit
Thursday 2/27/14 8:00-12:30am

IPI Vertical Construction Committee
Thurs 3/20/14 8:00am - 9am

Horizontal Construction Committee
Friday 3/28/14 8:30-9:30am