This new model where environments
are created to spark collaboration among
employees should also be applied to how
the construction and design teams are
assembled. Knowledge sharing is important. And in an industry such as life sciences
where no two projects are the same, having
diverse teams with a range of skillsets and
experiences is crucial. The more team
members you have collaborating (that
includes not just construction and design,
but ownership as well), the better the outcome of the project.
It is also important for owners to
understand what each team member is
most passionate about on their project.
Knowing your team, their experiences and
their passions all helps to drive success.
There is great value in our differences.
Owners who understand the value of having
diverse teams and leaders that can leverage
these teams effectively is key.
PROJECT DELIVERY SPOTLIGHT
When the University of Washington tasked
Skanska and Perkins+Will with the design and
construction of their new Life Sciences Building (LSB)—a seven-floor, 187,000 sf biological
research and teaching facility—the team knew
the accuracy of the design needed to reflect the
meticulousness of a biological study. To ensure
quality and functionality, Skanska and Perkins+Will co-located on the jobsite and invited
several key subcontractors to participate in a
design-assist role (project delivery method was
Construction Management at Risk with Design
Assist) from the onset of the project.
In order to bring LSB to life, the
project owner and design team wanted to
incorporate photovoltaics into the vertical
fin sunshades. Rather than completing
the design and then consulting with
subcontractors, the team brought the
glazing and electrical subcontractors into
the design process from the beginning to
understand their technical requirements for
incorporation into the drawings. The results
were a higher quality design, a lower overall
cost for the project owner and a building skin
that mirrored the form and function of LSB.
Project delivery methods will continue to
evolve as technology continues to influence
how we live our lives. Breaking down the
barriers between construction manager,
architect and owner and forming a unified,
team approach will set the foundation for a
Don Crotty is National Director of Life
Sciences Center of Excellence for Skanska
Rendering of the entry lobby of the University of Washington Life Sciences Building. Image: Perkins+Will