Last year at the 2016 Willis Convocation, we heard recent research data about the causes, costs, and possible remedies for uncertainty in building design and construction. This authoritative study, Managing Uncertainty and Expectations in Building Design and Construction, was led by the AIA Large Firm Roundtable with AIA, AGC, DBIA, LCI, Autodesk, and Graphisoft The research was conducted by McGraw Hill Construction (now Dodge Data & Analytics) and released as a McGraw Hill SmartMarket Report in 2014.
The research sponsors recently began a second phase of work, developing new tools that will help owners, architects, and engineers plan for project uncertainty and manage it in a way that will yield better project outcomes. The new tools will include a project planning guide, with a “contingency calculator” addressing major sources of uncertainty, and potentially a new industry database that will provide actual project cost data for input to the planning process.
At the 2017 Convocation on Friday, June 9th, you will learn about these new tools and get an update on the impact of the Managing Uncertainty research from Clark Davis, FAIA, who is coordinating the Phase 2 initiatives with project sponsors and Dodge Data & Analytics. You will be among the first industry leaders briefed on this new work. Your feedback will be important, and we’re confident that you’ll find immediate applications in your firms.
Clark Davis, FAIA, LEED AP, former Vice Chairman of HOK and now Principal Consultant with Cameron MacAllister Group, continues to lead this national research project for the AIA Large Firm Roundtable and other industry sponsors. Clark is a past president of AIA St. Louis and AIA Missouri, a longtime member of the AIA Large Firm Roundtable, and a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.