E05.01 Managing the Design Interface: Coordination & Integration

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There are more than 50 distinct building design specialties. Many medium-to-large projects have two dozen or more separate design-stage consultants and sub-consultants. Some of the more common of these are indicated in the diagram on the next page.

For many reasons, the coordination and integration of the output of these large teams is often grossly inadequate. Typical consequences are project confusion, disputes, communication breakdown, delay, design and construction cost increase, compromised quality and overall diminution of intrinsic project value.

Design coordination and integration, to be successful, requires a high degree of fairly detailed understanding about how the various design processes work, and what coordination is required to ensure integration of the final documentation package.

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