The AIA Project Delivery Knowledge Community (PD) promotes the architect’s leadership role in all project delivery methods by assembling and distributing knowledge and best practices for a variety of project delivery methods, e.g. design-build (DB), integrated project deliveries (IPD), and public-private partnerships (P3).
This years Western Region DBIA awards allocated 20 points out of a total 100 points for Design Excellence. This inclusion not only elevated the quality of submittals and awards it helped the Design and Construction industry solidify a clearer definition for Design Excellence. The category stated:
Design Excellence can include elements such as: embracing the client’s values and transforming their organizational performance; improving the conditions of the existing site; advancing innovation in building materials and systems; providing new visual/aesthetic contributions to the community; and achieving the highest level of sustainability.
The winning submittals, as it turned out, accomplished all of these objectives at a very high level and the criteria proved to solidify the jury around what is sometimes a very subjective matter.