Colocation Reduces the Design Schedule by Over 50%
It should come as no surprise that we at Tocci love colocation. We’re sure you do too, but in case you’re still on the fence, here’s what’s going on in the “colo room” for one of our projects.
The full team (architect, engineers, CM and subcontractors) are colocating close to full-time (Monday – Thursday) to collectively produce a CD deadline. (Most impressive – it is under a traditional contract, no fancy IPD). Here’s how it works:
- the team has a shared “hot items list” and prioritizes issue resolution in daily huddles
- multi-disciplinary groups form organically to answer questions and resolve issues as they come up
- models are developed and exchanged each day, so that everyone (designers and subcontractors alike) have up-to-the-minute information
And the benefits:
- Reduction of design schedule, ~7 months from no design to 100% CDs and shop drawings as compared to 18 months for 100% CDs only on a similar project, that excluded subcontractor/contractor colocation
- Construction documents and shop drawings are one and the same, reducing duplication of both production and coordination efforts
- Transparent flow of information and communication which ultimately creates a sense of mutual ownership and responsibility for the success of the project as a whole.
- RFIs are eliminated: questions are answered immediately, issues are resolved in minutes and hours rather than weeks
Ultimately, the colo process also greatly reduces or hopefully eliminates any need for future change orders from items that would tend to fall through the cracks in a traditional delivery process.