Determining the Effects of Facilitated Collaboration on Construction Team Performance and Project Outcomes

Open Access
Velez, Hector
Graduate Program:
Architectural Engineering
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
May 07, 2014
Committee Members:
  • Robert Michael Leicht, Thesis Advisor
  • construction
  • collaboration
  • collocation
  • formal
  • charter
  • team-based approach
  • integrated project delivery
  • design-build
The construction industry has shown considerable interest in collaborative approaches such as integrated project delivery (Kent & Becerik-Gerber, 2010) as well as team-building, relational delivery methods, and their potential benefits. There are also guidelines and implementation plans that focus on particular delivery methods and contracts. However, the exact tools and procedures used to develop effective teams and produce superior outcomes can vary drastically from one project to another due to unique constraints. Additionally, once a project team successfully delivers a collaboratively-driven project, it is impossible to know whether the same results could have been attained without those efforts. Lastly, many studies have extensively compared traditional and collaborative teams, but few have limited their comparisons to a single owner or institution. Thus, to understand how such efforts impact project and team performance within a specific sample group, this research sought to aggregate the collaborative efforts and results from multiple projects with a single owner. The extent of the collaboration and teamwork in these projects, along with their successes and failures, were measured against a traditionally-delivered project with the same owner and general circumstances.