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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