Inclusive collaboration is essential to develop solutions that are creative, viable, and value-based. The LAWA Terminal Cores Project Management Office (PMO) is where all of professionals which create and construct the built environment are housed in a common space from the project outset. This allows the team to gain alignment and drive outcome-oriented performance through collaboratively harnessing the insights and talents of all participants to optimize whole-system thinking into project results.
Many design-build projects incorporate the Big Room concept, providing a collaborative place where the team can gather, work, and meet. The LAWA Terminal Cores PMO takes this concept one step further, with a space that is specifically planned and designed by the project team to inhabit for the project duration. The 15,000 square foot PMO incorporates best practices for a successful office work environment that consolidates three separate and very different organizations into a highly functioning space. During this presentation, the floor plan of the PMO will be shared, describing how the space is organized to optimize collaboration and foster team camaraderie.
Collaboration is about teaming – working together to achieve common goals, with the success of these mutual objectives correlating with the concept of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. Proximity in the form of co-location supports effective collaboration, bridging differences – disciplinary, cultural, and generational, while building relationships. This presentation will demonstrate how implementing co-location via the LAWA Terminal Cores PMO removes silos, ensures daily communication, promotes instinctive collaboration and enhances project delivery success.
Studies have shown that inadequate project planning, lack of executive sponsorship, and poorly defined goals and objectives contribute to project failures. In contrast, an effectively functioning PMO is one of the top reasons that drive successful project delivery. The LAWA Terminal Cores PMO effectively captures all of the participants, including the Owner (executive sponsorship), with the team’s singular objective in the form of the Project Charter on full display, enabling unimpeded communication for project planning. The presentation will share the inclusive process by which the development and refinement of the Project Charter was accomplished by the project personnel.
One of the unintended benefits of the LAWA Terminal Cores PMO is the identification, growth and development of emerging leaders from each organization. Without the traditional hierarchies associated within the established firms, the new entity that was created by the PMO allows individuals to step up and take on new responsibilities regardless of their experience level, discipline, or role. The presentation will demonstrate the benefits of the integrated team organization to address the specific project goals.
Umstot Project and Facilities Solutions, LLC