Integrating Collaborative Partnering for Airport Projects

Construction at airports is complex and, as with any construction project, prone to cost overruns, delays and claims. Traditionally, owners of construction projects have sought to minimize, mitigate, manage and/or transfer risks associated with these through a variety of different methods. This can be done through the contracting mechanism and/or the project delivery method. In addition to those, collaborative partnering can be layered on top of the contracting and project delivery methods to manage and mitigate risk and improve project outcomes. Collaborative partnering is a structured process to bring owner, designer, and construction teams together, face-to-face, throughout the life of the project by a neutral third-party. It not only includes those in design and construction, but all stakeholders, providing them a voice in the process, especially those who will be responsible for managing and/or operating (or operating in) the asset or assets that are being constructed. This process improves communication, trust, and conflict resolution. Collaborative partnering has been around since the 1980s and has been used extensively in construction for over 20 years. Previous research has shown that there can be cost and time savings, as well as increased safety. Only recently has collaborative partnering been utilized at airports but already benefits have been realized. However, this is still new and evolving for airports and there isn’t much airport specific guidance on the benefits and process of using collaborative partnering. The objective of this research was to develop guidelines on integrating collaborative partnering into airport construction projects. The guidance should be applicable to airports of differing governing structures, procurement methods, and size and complexity of projects.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $350000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-02

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Greenberger, Marci

  • Performing Organizations:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing

    East Lansing, MI  United States  48824
  • Principal Investigators:

    Mollaoglu-Scott, Sinem

  • Start Date: 20170511
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180710
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180710
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40996

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01606879
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-02
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 30 2016 1:00AM