Team integration and cohesion are better predictors of a building project's success than contract methodologies. Project delivery structures that reinforce early involvement of the major players—before the design is set—typically result in better outcomes than those that don't. The lines delineating project delivery strategies have blurred.
These are among the findings of a 170-page report, called Owner's Guide to Maximizing Success in Integrated Projects, released this month by the Charles Pankow Foundation. The $375,000 study, which looked at 204 buildings, was funded by $300,000 from Pankow and $75,000 from the Construction Industry Institute.