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Engineers' Club of Philadelphia


Valued Based Project Delivery Model: Minimizing Risks and Creating Efficiencies

On October 4, Dr. Kenneth Sullivan, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Build Environment, Arizona State University, will be presenting information on their value-based project delivery and leadership model and provide some tools/ideas on how to reduce risk and increase efficiency.  The presentation will be 8:30 - 10:00 am, at the Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia.  This event is being presented by Arizona State University in conjunction with AIA Philadelphia and ECP.  There is no fee to attend, but registration is required

Arizona State University has been researching, testing, and evolving a value-based project delivery model that uniquely combines procurement strategies, preplanning methodologies, and performance management tools within the built environment and other industries. In addition to traditional factors, the model considers the capability of key project personnel and leverages the expertise of these industry professionals into the client environment to optimize the delivery of the project. The model has been successfully implemented on over 1600 projects, mostly in the design and construction industries.

The discussion will focus on the model towards leadership of design and engineering organizations/teams.

  • Pre-planning Strategies
  • Minimizing Risks
  • Alignment and Optimization of Resources
  • Performance Measurement
  • Efficiency and Accountability

The presentation will provide tools that allow designers to differentiate themselves during an RFQ/RFP process. Attendees will learn methodologies for creating greater efficiencies and accountability within their own teams and projects.

Dr. Kenneth Sullivan, PhD, MBA, is an associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University. He specializes in performance measurement, risk management, best value contracting, organizational transformation, and accountability systems. His research processes have generated over $6 Million in research funding and have been implemented in IT, business services, and construction projects valued at over $3 Billion. In addition to all types of design and construction delivery, he has led project efforts in networking systems, software, campus dining, sports media rights, radio systems, furniture, health insurance, document management, and others. Prof. Sullivan possesses a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, an MBA in Real Estate and Urban Economics, and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, all from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has authored over 120 peer reviewed publications and recently won the 2012 ASCE journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering Best Article Award. Dr. Sullivan has won the 2008, 2009, and 2012 Teaching Award for the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at ASU and the 2013 IFMA.