IPD and Communication

At Rhodes Architecture we have a unique way of handling our team build contracts. In many ways, that's been a function of necessity. As we have tried to integrate the principles of integrated project delivery (IPD) in all of our projects - process, collaboration, communication, materials, doccumentation, team knowledge etc, we have found that off-the-shelf contracts can, at times, be problematic in finding the documents that will suit the needs of our projects. 

That's not to say that we have discarded many of the standard contracts available. In fact, we still rely on them a great deal. We have found, however, that a wholly unique approach is necessary in the collaborative relationships we've developed with our project partners. We draw from experience in previous projects, elements of previously used documents, and the wholly unique needs of a particular project to determine the best approach to the contracts involved.

We've developed solid collaborative relationships with contractors and other construction professionals - in both church design and church architecture as well as commercial projects, and these relationships have gone a long way towards the successful completion of projects using the principles of IPD. Rhodes Architecture is committed to a collaborative approach. Communication is crucial at every phase, and our documents represent the beginning of a trusting relationship with owners, builders, and everyone involved with the project. 

While, we do use some standard AIA (American Institute of Architects) contracts, we prefer to use a team build contract that suits the relationships we've developed over the years. This illustrates the value of strong, long term working relationships between owners, contractors, and architects. A strong partnership helps eliminate a lot of redundancy and re-inventing the wheel when it comes to contract documents, as the ground work for all agreements has already been laid in previous projects on which we've collaborated. What then develops is an efficient and powerfully effective shorthand that is, in some ways, codified and outlined in the documents we use. 

Sound documents are the foundation of collaborative building projects, allowing for proper planning that factors in regulation, workplace conditions, and a framework for a collaborative team build. 

The following documents have served us well in a number of collaborative projects over the years.
A295 - 2008 General Conditions of the Contract for Integrated Project Delivery: We've found that this is a good tool for those used to the A201 for General Conditions, adapting the principles of IPD to familiar workplace conditions.

B195 - 2008 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for Integrated Project Delivery

A195 - 2008 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor for Integrated Project Delivery
GMP Amendment to A195 - 2008

Single Purpose Entity C195 - 2008 Standard Form of Single Purpose Entity Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery

We've delivered most of our projects using team build under Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) contracts for over 15 years, and we've enjoyed success in our projects employing IPD through these and other documents. The risk transfer involved with using GMP contracts, we've found, is an effective approach to building good relationships in collaborative project development. 

Rhodes Architecture, along with the contractors and owners we've worked with, has, in a way, been an innovative force in using and adapting these contracts to the needs of different projects. We see these efforts as a necessary, and essential component of the strong working relationships we have developed with our collaborative partners. 

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