AMS Mechanical throughout its history has worked under just about every contractual relationship possible. We’ve collaborated with owners, A/E firms, general contractors, as well as multiple other subcontractors. We have worked under teaming arrangements, which require various degrees of collaboration. Many of these relationships have been ones we have maintained throughout the history of our company. We have found most of these efforts to be antiquated, and have taken steps to institute the change our industry needs. The construction industry cannot keep applying bandages to a broken method of delivery of services.
We at AMS Mechanical believe this step change can be made through our Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach to a project. On the next few pages, we will outline this approach. This is not an effort you start when a bid opportunity presents itself. It is an approach you spend time and effort with interested companies to further develop together and allow you to be the team of choice.
Although we have been working together in various contracting methods in some form of collaboration, the only hope is to take this approach to a more intimate level. We believe in mutually developing project execution methods by disciple or work groups, we can then identify best practice of all team members and eliminate waste. This reduces our collective cost and drives efficiency. We see the most effective contracting method to be cost plus fee (open book) with incentives. We would suggest working in these areas to develop this concept:
- Project Management Plan
- Design/Engineering Plan/BIM
- Project Controls/Information Management/Lean
- Quality Plan
- Safety Plan
- Industrial Relations Plan
- Contracting Plan
- Procurement Plan
- Risk Management Plan
In order for us to be successful in these areas of collaboration, it is important if not essential for us to have the following principles guide us.
- Key participants bound together as equals
- Shared financial risk-reward based on outcomes
- Liabilities waivers between key participants
- Fiscal transparency
- Early involvement of key participants
- Jointly developed project targets