Last month, the MSU Construction Management Program was selected by the National Academy of Sciences Airport Cooperative Research Program to conduct research on "Integrating Collaborative Partnering into Traditional Airport Construction Projects."
June 22, 2017
Last month, the Michigan State University (MSU) Construction Management Program was selected by the National Academy of Sciences Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) to conduct research on “Integrating Collaborative Partnering into Traditional Airport Construction Projects.”
The objective of this $350K research project is to develop guidelines on integrating collaborative partnering into airport projects. The guidance will be applicable to airports of differing governing structures, procurement methods, and size and complexity of projects. The project timeline is 14 months.
The reason this type of publication will be beneficial is because construction at airports is complex and, as with any construction project, prone to cost overruns, delays and claims. Traditionally, owners of construction projects have sought to minimize, mitigate, manage and/or transfer risks associated with these through a variety of different methods.
Collaborative partnering can be layered on top of the contracting and project delivery methods to manage and mitigate risk and improve outcomes. This type of structured process brings the owner, the designer, construction teams and stakeholders together, face-to-face, throughout the life of the project by a neutral third-party.
Under the guidance of CM Associate Professor Sinem Mollaoglu, the team will address within the guidebook:
Project collaborators include experts from academia and industry leaders: Drs. Brian Polkinghorn from Salisbury University, Douglas Gransberg from Iowa State University, Carla Lopez from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez; and Roddy Boggus from Suffolk Construction Inc., Duane Boreham from Q&D Construction Inc., Joe Jackson from RS&H, and Kurt Dettman from Strategic Enterprise Technology Inc.
“This study will produce evidence-based guidelines for airports,” said Associate Professor Mollaoglu. ”It will justify the need for adoption of collaborative partnering, help catalyze key stakeholder support, and provide guidance in implementation by various types and sizes of airports.”
Collaborative partnering is an innovative project delivery practice in the construction industry that helps create integrated teams and improve project outcomes. However, it comes with additional up-front costs, which might make it difficult for airport owners to adopt.
Mollaoglu elaborated, “Owing to our years of preliminary work in this area, externally funded by private institutions, we are proud to now be leading a large team of nationally recognized professionals for this project.”
She continued, “Most importantly, we are excited about the potential impacts of this study in catalyzing the construction industry’s adoption of integrative practices.”
For more information about this study, please contact Sinem Mollaoglu at email@example.com.