Selecting a Project Delivery Method: New Digital Tool to Guide Owners

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The University of Washington’s College of Built Environments is leading a Charles Pankow Foundation funded project to develop a tool that will assess and improve Owner decision-making with project delivery selection and management. The Owner organization has a significant impact on the success of a capital project. However, research on project delivery often focuses on the project team and how the delivery method supports key project performance indicators such as cost and schedule, as well as how it supports team interaction and team decision-making.

What is not yet as well understood is the impact that Owner organization characteristics such as their decision-making culture have on project success, nor how different Owner organizational structures and cultures in terms of decision-making relates to successful use of different delivery methods. This research project will develop a digital tool for Owners to assess their decision-making profile and understand the challenges and alignments between this profile and project delivery for improved selection and management of project delivery methods.

Learning objectives:

  • Hear from the lead researcher the methodology used in developing this new tool.
  • Understand how an Owner's decision-making culture impacts project delivery decisions and outcomes.
  • Discuss how the Owner's culture aligns with various project delivery methods, including design-build.
  • Learn how industry can help guide Owners in the effective use of this tool.

Renee Cheng, FAIA

Dean of College of Built Environments, University of Washington

Renée Cheng joined the College of Built Environments (CBE) as dean on January 1, 2019. Before coming to CBE, Cheng, an innovative educator and leader at the forefront of equity in the built environment, served as head of the School of Architecture and associate dean of research at the University of Minnesota.


Cheng is a leader in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and advocates for equity in the field of architecture and in the practices related to the built environment. Recently, Cheng led the research effort for the AIA Guides for Equitable Practice in the workplace, which is widely used in the building industry. Cheng has pioneered research surrounding the intersection of design and emerging technologies, including work on industry adoption of Integrated Project Delivery, Building Information Modeling and Lean.


Known for her pedagogical skill designing classes and programs that empower students and integrate practice with academia, Cheng has twice won the AIA Practice Leadership Award. She has been named as one of the top 25 most admired design educators in the United States by DesignIntelligence (twice) and an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor. In 2017, she received the Lean Construction Institute Faculty Award and was elected to the American Institute of Architecture’s College of Fellows.


Cheng is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, College of Distinguished Professors of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, American Institute of Architects, College of Fellows in the American Institute of Architects, National Organization of Minority Architects, and the Lean Construction Institute Faculty Research Fellows.


As a bold thought leader, Cheng is frequently called upon for keynotes and lectures on the future of the built environment and equitable practices in the built environment, including topics at the intersection of innovation, collaboration, equity, social/environmental justice, and intercultural fluency. 


A licensed architect, her professional experience includes work for Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners and Richard Meier and Partners before founding Cheng-Olson Design.



Greg R. Gidez, AIA, FDBIA, LEED AP

Corporate Director of Design Services, Hensel Phelps

Greg is a Licensed Architect and the Director of Design Services for Hensel Phelps. As the senior design professional with Hensel Phelps, he oversees preconstruction services including marketing, procurement, design build, design assist, and design management. In addition, Mr. Gidez oversees the Hensel Phelps Virtual Design and Construction department, advancing the use of technology in the design and construction processes. Mr. Gidez is the past chair of the DBIA Board of Directors, past chair of the AIA Project Delivery Knowledge Community, a board member for the Charles Pankow Foundation which focuses on research in the design and construction industry, and a national speaker and instructor.


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