The KPA Group Receives Ruby Level Award From International Partnering Institute

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — The International Partnering Institute (IPI) is a non-profit organization working to make construction a culture of partnership. The 5th Annual International Partnering Institute Awards ceremony was held on May 15, 2014 at the San Francisco International Airport Museum. IPI award-winner, John Thorsson of NCC Construction, Sweden was the keynote speaker. John talk about partnering and the changing construction culture in Scandinavia and Europe.

This awards event is a way for the IPI to recognize and reward individuals, companies and projects that go on to excel in the principles of partnering, and to acknowledge the use of IPI best practices and collaborative efforts to achieve extraordinary results.

The KPA Group was awarded the Partnered Projects Of The Year Ruby Level Award for their work on the SFO Boarding Area E Improvements Terminal 3 Project at San Francisco International Airport.

This extensive project involved a $138M rehabilitation of the 68,000 sq. ft boarding area E of Terminal 3 for United Airlines. Working in collaboration with Hensel Phelps Construction Company, The KPA Group helped to ensure that the project was planned, designed and delivered for 20-30% less cost than other aviation terminals.

The Partnered Project of the Year Awards are given to teams who have distinguished themselves through the implementation of high-trust working relationships, IPI’s best practices and who deliver an outstanding project as a result. Nominees are judged on factors such as including all project participants and stakeholders throughout the process, proof of a high trust culture and capability to efficiently overcome problems.

Indeed, throughout the rehabilitation project, the KPA Group overcame extensive water damage problems, challenging underground conditions and also completed a late addition of an elevator shaft. Despite these challenges, the entire project was still delivered safely, on time and under budget.

The KPA Group is an integrated Structural Engineering and Architectural firm dedicated to providing solutions that meet the needs of their clients within an integrated environment. With over 20 years of broad experience, the firm offers a single point of responsibility for major public, private and institutional clients.

The firm has won numerous awards over recent years including the California Preservation Award and the Secretary of Interior Conservation Award.

About The KPA Group

The KPA Group is an Architectural & Engineering Practice with an integrated approach designed to increase the value of the expertise, delivering a better project.

The firm’s project portfolio consists of 1.5 billion dollars of successfully completed major projects: historic retrofits and new building development, regionally and internationally, in Aviation, Veterans’ Facilities, Justice, Academic, Public Buildings and Microelectronics. Of these projects, about half were completed under a design-build delivery system. The KPA Group includes industry experts specializing and experienced in critical aspects of structural engineering and architecture, including seismic design and earthquake engineering.

The KPA Group’s current work is for clients who value KPA’s focus on serving client needs with creative and timely solutions delivered under a single point of management. To contact The KPA Group please email info(at)thekpagroup(dot)com or call 510-271-6700.


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