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KHS&S Contractors Enters the High-Tech Integrated Project Delivery Revolution Through Partnership with Scenario Design


Scenario Design, LLC, a KHS&S Scenario, Inc. Company, provides Integrated Project Delivery services including BIM, virtual construction sequencing and "live model" design-build collaboration

(Anaheim, California, USA – March 6, 2009) KHS&S Contractors, the second-largest interior/exterior contractor in the U.S. and the nation’s leading specialty theme contractor, recently teamed with Scenario Design, Inc. to offer a full range of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) solutions for design, construction and operation of complex, large-scale projects. Customizing services based on customer and project need, Scenario Design, LLC will contract directly for select Integrated Project Delivery System (IPDS) services. It will also offer various design and modeling technologies that integrate project data, building systems and processes across a project’s design, construction and fabrication life cycle. Scenario Design, LLC will work internationally from its headquarters in Los Angeles, CA. Universal Studios Singapore and Ocean Park Hong Kong are the company’s first projects.

“Integrated Project Delivery represents the next revolution in our industry,” says Dave Suder, president, KHS&S-West Coast. “It’s bold, it’s exciting and it will change the way building teams work together to design and build projects faster and more profitably. KHS&S has worked with 3D modeling for the last couple of years, but this partnership takes us to a new level in the world of IPD and Building Information Modeling (BIM.) We are very excited to be working with Scenario to offer this technology to our clients.”

“There is no company I would rather work with to launch our Integrated Project Delivery technologies,” says Paul Buckley, president, Scenario Design, Inc. “IPDS’ technology pairs perfectly with KHS&S’ large-scale project base, putting us in the best possible position to match our design tools with the projects and project teams that can most benefit from them.”

The underlying core of Integrated Project Delivery is born out of the concept of lean manufacturing, originally made popular by Toyota after they discovered that materials, resources and time wasted during the design and construction phase of a vehicle were almost 50 percent of their project cost. Toyota subsequently developed a collaborative team approach that involved all key players from engineers, to designers, to safety inspectors, to manufacturing supervisors. They found that by working together from the start, they could avoid the inevitable pitfalls that result when team members work in separate departmental vacuums. The result was lower costs, significantly reduced waste and higher profits.

“This concept can be directly applied to the design and construction industries using technology,” says Buckley, who has spearheaded development of IPDS technology since 2006. “The 2007 McGraw-Hill SmartMarket report estimated that software non-interoperability accounted for 3.1% of project costs. IPDS technology allows the design and construction disciplines to continue to use the software and tools common to their industries, but it seamlessly integrates the output from these design tools into one comprehensive ‘live model’ that can be accessed and used to virtually picture how the project comes together, how it’s sequenced and where problems may exist,” Buckley explains. Buckley elaborates that the IPDS model can then be used to evaluate design options and alternatives for correcting these problems before they tangibly appear in the field, saving significant amounts of time and money.

“The value of getting the owner, architect, general contractor and entire building team together early in the process and working off the same live integrated model is enormous,” says Buckley. “It’s been described as a radical shift from the inefficient traditional design, bid, build model, but it’s really as simple as using technology to get everyone on the same proverbial page before large amounts of money are spent and potentially wasted.”

According to executives from both companies, the benefits of Scenario Design, LLC’s design technologies can also be realized on select segments of a project, even when it’s not possible to get every discipline on board at project conception.

“KHS&S can successfully integrate Scenario’s BIM capabilities and integration overlays into the preconstruction services we offer our customers,” said Philip Cherne, COO, KHS&S-West Coast. “The result is our ability to offer an enhanced level of design-assist services based on client need.”

KHS&S recently used IPDS technology to win the contract for a large hospital project in Southern California. “When the general contractor saw that we were able to virtually build our portion of the project and, in real time, show the impact of design and value engineering changes on the schedule and budget, they were sold,” said Cherne. “They immediately recognized the benefits even limited use of IPDS technology could have on the project. In the near future, I think the value and use of this technology will be apparent and widespread,” added Cherne. “It has the potential to be a real game-changer.”

For more information about IPDS technology, Scenario Design, LLC and KHS&S Contractors, please call 714.695.3670 or 323.278.3860.

Questions or additional information can be directed to Janet Puglisi at 813.245.4567.