Architects look to supply chain for input

By Angie DeRosa
Conference Director

Published: July 30, 2013 4:28 pm ET
Updated: July 30, 2013 4:32 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Construction Pipe/Profile/Tubing Extrusion
Companies & Associations

DENVER — Architects want a better relationship with each part of the building and construction supply chain, especially as lean practices move heavily into the commercial construction industry.

As the American Institute of Architects endorses a concept known as Integrated Project Delivery, architects especially are re-evaluating their roles and how the chain works.

Through IPD, key participants such as builders, contractors, suppliers and architects begin working together from the conceptualization of a project through completion. It is a vertically integrated project team that would also design a life-cycle vision. The key participants are bound together as equals, according to AIA, with a shared financial risk and reward based on the project’s outcome.

“Building suppliers become more critical,” said Jeffrey Murray, a design principal and director with IDC Architects, an international architectural firm, during a presentation at Pittsburgh-based Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s booth at the AIA’s annual convention, held June 19-22 in Denver.

“The value that suppliers provide on the research side is critical. We’re not scientists. We bring a different perspective as architects. How do we get suppliers involved early? Oftentimes, it’s difficult. There is a lack of loyalty when it comes to bid time.”

So Supplier A theoretically could provide a critical role during the research phase but then lose out on the project to Supplier B during the bidding process. That risk is daunting.

Still, Murray said there is a benefit for a given supplier getting involved early and may bode well for it during the bidding process.

“If they understand the project [and the issues], they have an advantage,” he said.

Like other markets, the commercial construction industry is pressured to save time and money so lean practices are being implemented and technologies such as 3-D printing or additive manufacturing are being used more often.

“We’re in one of the most exciting times for making buildings,” he said. “We’re engaging this idea of how a facility will impact business one way or the other. What we’re designing are experiences.”

Suppliers like Renson Inc. of El Segundo, Calif., are focused on making their creations more energy efficient and on building healthier spaces. The firm, owned by Renson Ventilation NV of Waregem, Belgium, was showcasing vinyl technologies including a new Tilt-and-Turn window that features a seven-chamber thermal structure. When it comes to energy efficiency, Renson officials are combining the window with Renson’s Invisivent Evo window regulator. Renson hails it as the most discreet, self-regulating and acoustic over-frame ventilator with maximum respect for the architecture.

The company has designed its own corporate headquarters and other office buildings with its “healthy building concept,” which aims at healthy, comfortable and low-energy indoor environments in line with the United Nations’ Kyoto Protocol, the company said.

There is a resulting increase in productivity, lower energy bills and fewer sick days for the people living or working in the building, according to Renson.

 


Comments

Architects look to supply chain for input

By Angie DeRosa
Conference Director

Published: July 30, 2013 4:28 pm ET
Updated: July 30, 2013 4:32 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Economic déjà vu: strong spring growth expected after a rough winter

April 15, 2015 2:03 pm ET

The long, harsh winter is finally over, and the first quarter of the calendar is history. So now is an appropriate time to review the emerging trends ...    More

Image

BASF bullish on North American auto market

April 13, 2015 11:44 am ET

The North American performance materials unit of BASF SE expects its 2015 growth to come from the automotive, consumer and industrial markets.    More

Market Reports

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 15, 2015 - September 17, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events