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OMIC Training Center Benefits From Emerging Project Delivery Method

By Katherine Miller

Teamwork and collaboration and integral to many industries, but in recent years they’ve been transforming the construction sector, and as a result, changing the way Portland Community College approaches capital improvement projects.

The construction of the PCC OMIC Training Center in Scappoose is one such project. At 32,245 square feet and a budget of $28.6 million, this world-class manufacturing and training facility represents a significant investment for PCC in Columbia County.

For the training center the college has chosen a collaborative project delivery method known as Design-Build, which the Design-Build Institute of America calls the fastest growing and most popular construction method used today in the U.S.

Traditional project delivery involves a linear, top-down approach with multiple contracts, which frequently results in costly change orders and delays. With Design-Build the owner manages a single contract in which a construction company either contracts for the design scope, or less commonly, creates an in-house design team.

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