An article in today’s DJC summarized the economic outlook elements of a recent survey of contractors by AGC of America. Another interesting aspect of the survey has to do with contractors’ current involvement with, and expectations for, Building Information Modeling (BIM), LEED projects, Integrated Project Deliver (IPD), and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).
(For complete survey information, including state and national data, click here.)
Washington State contractors responded that, on average, about 15 percent of their work used BIM. Only about a third of respondents expected this percentage to grow in 2011; 64 percent expected no growth in their use of BIM.
Regarding LEED, Washington State contractors said 19 percent of their 2010 involved LEED registered projects. Again, the majority (57 percent) don’t expect an increase in 2011. However, 43 percent expect more work involving LEED projects; these responders expect an average 15 percent growth in their volume of LEED-registered work.
Most state contractors expect IPD to grow. While on average contractors were contracted to work on only 0.25 IPD projects in 2010, two-thirds expect this type of work to grow in 2011, by an average of 30 percent.
Similar numbers for PPPs: On average area contractors worked on 1.3 PPP projects, and 67 percent expect this to increase this year (by just a little bit, 8 percent).
How do Washington contractors compare to the rest of the country? In 2010 our contractors used BIM and worked on LEED projects more often than contractors in the rest of the country, but did less work involving IPD and PPPs.
BIM: 15 percent of Washington respondents used it in 2010; only 8 percent nationally did.
LEED: For Washington contractors, 19 percent of their work involved LEED; only 15 percent on a national basis.
IPD: Pretty even, as state contractors on average worked on 0.25 IPD projects, 0.26 nationally.
PPPs: Our state’s aversion to PPP projects really shows in this statistic. Washington State contractors said that on average they worked on 1.3 PPP projects, but nationally the average was much higher (5.2). And while solid majorities of contractors on both a state and national basis expect PPPs to grow this year, Washington contractors expect a little growth (8 percent) while nationally contractors expect significantly more (30 percent).