By: Henry Nutt III
The integrated project delivery (IPD) method encourages all involved trade partners to share the risk and success of a project. While this ensures that team members are entering the project with the same mentality and goals, mistakes are still likely to be made. Not all IPD projects are the same, but there are common mistakes made that can make or break a project. Being aware of the possible mistakes, and how to overcome them on your next IPD project can help to alleviate potential issues. Be on the lookout for these top six commonly made mistakes on IPD projects:
By: Michelle Peters
Southland Industries’ Michelle Peters and Jessica Baker recently collaborated with Pankow Builders on a Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) panel featuring six unique individuals. The panel focused on how leadership impacts the success of projects, careers, and lives.
By: Chuck Allen
Southland is in the midst of instilling a strategy to motivate, educate, and empower our people to embrace lean thinking as a way of life. In order for a successful transition to occur, we have begun to build a Guiding Coalition throughout the organization.
By: Erin Miller
When it comes to designing a central plant, there are many factors to consider. Not only does the plant need to operate efficiently, but the equipment arrangement needs to be considered from both an initial construction and a future maintenance perspective.
By: Chuck Allen
Selecting the appropriate trade partners and even determining which trades should be partners is critical in determining the outcome of a project. Having the contract set up a certain way can dictate the attitude and collaboration of trade partners. The contract can uphold certain standards, and if trade partners do not perform per the contract, the result can be a lost job. Many in the construction industry prefer to see this type of clause in a contract.
By: Marc Sodl
Bootcamp is an opportunity for employees to understand Southland’s culture and core values and how they fit into the overall picture. During the weeklong program, experts from all divisions and disciplines engage in discussions about each department’s strategy and how that relates to Southland’s overall strategy. In the video blog above, recent participants of boot camp discuss the networking and development opportunities they have received from the training.
By: Zay Soe
Knowing that greywater systems collect drainage from showers, sinks, lavatories, cooling tower blow down, and condensate drains can aide in deciding if it is right for your facility. However, it’s not enough to simply understand how the system works, but how the design can be customized for your building and how the cost affects your budget.
Every water treatment system comes with initial capital and operational cost. Before beginning to calculate the return on investment, it is important to factor in a variety of costs, as well as the life span of the system and building.
By: Zay Soe
When it comes to saving water, specifically in areas affected by droughts, reclaiming water from showers and sinks can positively benefit your facility. However, wanting to save water is not the only factor to consider when deciding if a greywater reclamation system is right for your facility.
Prior to designing the greywater system, the first step is to understand if reclaiming greywater will contribute to reducing your building’s water usage. This process is known as a “water balance calculation” or an evaluation of the return on investment.
By: Zay Soe
When it comes to choosing your facility’s plumbing system, understanding if a greywater reclamation system is best for you can go a long way. A greywater system collects the drainage from showers, sinks, lavatories, cooling tower blow down, and condensate drains. Unlike blackwater collected from toilets, urinals, sinks, and dishwasher drainage, greywater does not contain bio-wastes and is able to be reused for purposes other than human consumption. The treatment process required to reuse greywater is much less intensive, as compared to other systems.