What happens when you have a functioning team? You save money. From a site perspective, the usual procedure is to get drawings on construction day. You show up and get building. The typical process has been altered on this project and that definitely has its benefits. True teamwork is being defined in this process. I know we all talk about it, but in my experience we are truly learning the meaning. By having the ability to be involved with a project since inception and throughout the design process, all parties have been able to add value to the outcome.
An example of this was recently seen during a collaboration meeting just a couple of weeks before ground was to be broken. Clarification on the pile calculations led to a change in design and increased the cost. The discussion in the meeting, which included onsite personnel, about the change helped with understanding why it was necessary. Typical practice in the field with similar situations led the team to ask: “why don’t we use a bond breaker at the top of the pile?”
The method of teamwork for the Mosaic Centre, allowing everyone to have input, has helped save money, this just being one example. The pile design was reconsidered and cost overruns avoided.