NCARB Holds Hearing on Integrated Project Delivery

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) held a hearing on Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) in Arlington, VA, on October 31. The one-day hearing provided an opportunity for experts to comment on the specific influences and considerations of the IPD process and the BIM technology related to responsible control by the architect.

“NCARB is taking a leadership role to ensure that the public is protected by any impact IPD and BIM may have on the profession,” said NCARB President Gordon E. Mills, FAIA.

The practice of architecture has changed significantly in recent years with the advent of computerized design and changes in the way projects are envisioned, designed, constructed, and delivered. Invited speakers addressed how architects and other design professionals can maintain “responsible control” as required by NCARB’s Model Law as these new technologies become more prevalent. The task force will use the information gained from the hearing to determine if changes are needed to the current Model Law.

Howard Ashcraft, Jr. Hon. AIA, Esq., is a senior partner at law firm Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos, and Rudy in San Francisco, CA. He represents designers, owners, and contractors in project formation, professional practice, and construction disputes. Ashcraft is currently serving on the Steering Committee and is chair of the Legal and
Risk Subcommittee for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) California Council Integrated Project Delivery Task Force.

Gregg Bundschuh, Esq., is a partner at Ames & Gough, a leading insurance brokerage specializing in design and construction risk in Atlanta, GA. He participated in the development of the insurance provisions for industry standard form contracts for organizations such as AIA, Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee, and
Associated General Contractors (AGC).

Henry Green, Hon. AIA, is the president and CEO of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). Prior to joining NIBS, Green was the executive director of the Michigan Bureau of Construction Codes, where he provided executive management and oversight for construction codes and standards, building inspection programs, and public education program for the state of Michigan.

James Jonassen, FAIA, MRAIC, is a consulting partner at the international firm NBBJ. Jonassen led NBBJ’s push for use of BIM since the late 1990s and recognized the opportunity for industry reform through IPD.

Forrest Lott, AIA, is a principal at Lott + Barber in Savannah, GA. He currently serves on the AIA task group drafting integrated project delivery documents and is a coauthor of the recently released AIA publication, Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide. He actively uses computer-based modeling for design, cost estimating, scheduling, and quality control at his 14-person firm.

Charles Matta, FAIA, is the national director of federal buildings and modernizations division of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Public Buildings Service. He oversees approximately 120 buildings in various stages of planning, design, and construction for the federal government.

Steven Thorsell, AIA, CSI, is the director of special projects for ICC Evaluation Services, Inc., a subsidiary corporation of the International Code Council (ICC). Thorsell actively participated in the research and evaluation of alternative and innovative materials and methods for code compliance. He is actively in involved with several professional design organizations including being the code liaison for NCARB’s Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) Subcommittee.

John Tocci is the head of the Tocci Group of Companies in Boston, MA. Three years ago, Tocci formed and is the current chair of AGC of America’s BIMForum, the nation’s leading multidisciplinary BIM interest group focused on the practical implementation of BIM and IPD.

IPD Hearing Task Force Members:
William Dikis, FAIA, Iowa, Chair
Robert Meyer, AIA, Vermont
Susan Schaefer Kliman, Ph.D., AIA, Arizona
Daniel Taylor, Esq., NCARB Legal Counsel
Kekku Lehtonen, AIA, Assistant Director, ARE Development

Stephen Nutt, AIA, Vice President, Programs