August 07, 2015

"Big Room" Fosters Collaboration at Brown

The structural PIT (Project Implementation Team) meets for a collaboration session at the co-location site on the campus of Brown University.

Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is an evolving discourse that offers an alternative to the traditional design-bid-build model of creating a new building from design through construction. With the traditional sequential model, an architect designs the building, then construction contractors bid on the job, and finally the building is constructed. Design and construction teams generally remain distinct and distant from one another. By contrast, IPD methodology utilizes a parallel process, which dictates that the entire project team—from owner to architect to construction manager, consultants, and subcontractors—come together at the start of the design process and develop the project jointly through continuous collaboration. Contractually, all participants are bound together as equals, and behavioral principles require mutual respect and trust, willingness to collaborate, and open communication.  
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) says that “IPD motivates collaboration throughout the design and construction process, tying stakeholder success to project success.” In other words, each stakeholder is more deeply embedded in all aspects of the process, and his or her input and collaboration is likewise integral to the project's success.

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August 03, 2015

KieranTimberlake Awarded for Excellence in Service

The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce has selected KieranTimberlake as a recipient of its 2016 Excellence Awards honoring small businesses. This award recognizes small businesses for their vital role in the economic development of the Greater Philadelphia region.  
Winners are nominated by their regional business peers based on their demonstrated commitment to the advancement of the business community as well as their civic involvement and responsiveness, corporate responsibility, employee recognition, and concerns regarding service issues. 
KieranTimberlake received the 2016 award for Professional Services Excellence in recognition of its commitment to delivering the highest quality architectural services. Area firms including Hopeworks 'N Camden, the Brownstein Group, University City Science Center, and BuLogics, Inc. took home awards in other categories. 
GPCC President and CEO Rob Wonderling said, “Each of this year's recipients models how organizations can make a difference, contribute to the region's economy and be outstanding leaders in their respective fields. The Chamber is proud to honor their hard work, innovation and creativity through the Excellence Awards.”