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01CE - Understanding the Business Impacts of IPD

23 May 2018 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

This session is being offered again on Friday, May 25 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

3.0 ConEd Learning Hours

This interactive session will prepare participants to understand the business impacts to architecture firms participating in integrated project delivery (IPD). Experience drawn from seven IPD projects ranging from $3M to $53M will be shared and form the basis for a number of exercises focused on conveying the unique characteristics of this potentially rewarding project type. In addition to the broad experience through projects, the presenters have participated in, and contributed to, university and industry research studies that have analyzed over 20 additional IPD projects from across North America.

Learning Objectives

    1. Understand impacts to autonomy, liability and statutory requirements.
    2. Understand changes to profitability, team structure, cash flow, firm valuation, firm financing and succession planning.
    3. Understand changes to personnel requirements, staffing models and opportunity costs.
    4. Understand key character traits of successful team members.


Craig Webber, Architect AAA, SAA, MAIBC, FRAIC, REFP, and Laura Plosz, Architect SAA, AAA, MRAIC, LEED AP, PMP

One of the most experienced IPD architects in Canada, Craig Webber has been directly involved in seven full IPD projects and is a board member of the IPD Alliance, a national organization developing and supporting the design and construction industry as it adapts to IPD and collaborative delivery models. He serves as chair of the Research and Performance Committee, as well as a member of the Education Committee. Craig provides training on lean design and construction, Last Planner System and pull planning, and has consulted on IPD research studies being conducted by the Universities of Minnesota, British Columbia and Washington.

Laura Plosz has been involved in the development stages of several IPD contracts, as well as serving as a member of the senior management team on two IPD projects. Her experience in multiple project delivery types (including traditional design-bid-build, design-build, construction management and public-private partnerships [P3s]) in addition to IPD, allows her to share insight relative to other contractual models. She is the COO for Group2 and has been heavily involved in managing the broader business impact to the firm as a result of participating in this form of delivery.