5 Reasons For IPD In Higher Ed


side view of UCSF Medical Center

Over the past decade and a half, “Integrated Project Delivery” (IPD) has become a more widely used delivery method.

IPD brings the owner, architect, and builder together acting like a single company before a shovel is even put into the ground. One market, in particular, has truly benefited from IPD and that is higher education. Universities and colleges across the country are executing projects using this method. It has saved participants both time and money.

By aligning the goals of these parties around what is best for the project and making each party responsible for the behavior of the others, all three parties gain more control of the overall process.

Jonathan Cohen, AIA

Case Study #1

Penn State’s Agricultural Engineering Building Project – State College, PA

The project is a rebuild/renovation set to be completed in December 2017. This is Penn State’s first major IPD project. Over the summer, the IPD team met on a regular basis to work together on the planning.

Case Study #2

St. Jerome University’s Campus Renewal 2015 Plan – Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

The new St. Jerome’s buildings are being designed by a committee and The current move-in date is scheduled to occur in July 2016. The Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) team will be challenged to meet this delivery timeline but is committed to achieving goals on time and on budget.

Case Study #3

UCSF Medical Center – San Francisco, CA

This project is one of the largest healthcare/institutional projects ever built using the IPD method. By using this method, UCSF saved about $200 million on a $1.5 billion project. It also helped to keep the project rolling which is important for an expensive project.

Case Study #4

Brown University’s Barus & Holley Hall/Prince Lab Building – Providence, RI

Completed in the spring of 2014, this was Brown University’s first IPD project. It included a two-phase infrastructure upgrade to the building.

Case Study #5

Michigan State University’s Shaw Hall – East Lansing, MI

Described as the flagship central dining facility for Michigan State, this was the first full IPD project on MSU’s campus and the first nationally for a public university. Over 95% of commitments were kept during the design phase due to IPD.