WPL Publishing to Sponsor Webinar on Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Contracts

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The interactive event, which has been approved for 1.5 American Institute of Architects learning units, is suited for a wide variety of professionals within the construction community, including architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, public and private owners, construction managers, consultants, and construction law attorneys.

Washington, DC (Vocus) February 8, 2013 – In just a few days, WPL Publishing will hold a webinar to help various professionals within the construction community understand the pros and cons of integrated project delivery (IPD) agreements.

Traditional construction methods, such as design-build, can put an owner and other parties at odds, often positioning them on opposing sides in court when things go wrong. However, IPD is designed for collaboration and shared risk/reward from the outset of a construction project. The traditional methods of passing along blame and responsibility are virtually eliminated from the equation and replaced with working environments that encourage parties seeking project success. However, IPD agreements can have disadvantages. The webinar is designed to make professionals aware of both the advantages and disadvantages of IPD. To register for the 90-minute event, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. (EST), visit http://tinyurl.com/an7u59n.

The webinar will focus on the key elements of an IPD agreement, why they exist, and how to modify them to fit the needs of a specific project. Taught by an attorney whose team has structured more than 40 IPD agreements, the program will help attendees do the following:

  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of IPD agreements.
  • Grasp the key elements of an IPD agreement and know why they are important.
  • Use variations to meet specific project goals.
  • Understand IPD compensation agreements and common alternatives.
  • Recognize the relationship between project structure and key operational strategies, such as lean construction, building information modeling, and information organization.
  • Understand how IPD differs from existing contract alternatives.

Addressing webinar attendees will be Hanson Bridgett LLP Partner Howard Ashcraft. He is an attorney who has been helping to develop new approaches to construction project delivery that are designed to avoid many of the issues he has seen over the course of his career. He has served as a steering committee member and legal and risk chairperson of the American Institute of Architects California Council’s (AIACC) interdisciplinary task force on IPD. He helped author AIACC’s “Integrated Project Delivery: A Working Definition” and the AIA/AIACC publication “Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide.” These documents reflect the most current thinking regarding the use and implementation of collaborative project delivery methods. In addition, he has been working with the National Institute of Building Sciences to develop the National Building Information Modeling Standard.

Following Mr. Ashcraft’s presentation, there will be an interactive 10-to-15 minute question-and-answer session addressing relevant topics.

Webinar tuition is based on location, not number of participants, so each registration site can have multiple participants for one low price. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/an7u59n.
WPL Publishing Co., Inc. provides expert training, education, and development resources for the construction industry via live webinars and its ConstructionPro Network website (http://www.ConstructionProNet.com). Through ConstructionPro Network, WPL publishes the independent newsletter ConstructionPro Week, providing news, analysis, and insightful commentary about recent developments involving construction law, green buildings, building information modeling, and various construction managerial technologies and techniques.

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