Photo by Tim Griffith, courtesy of ZGF Architects

Design Process and Team

Integrated Project Delivery

A building with an ambitious goals—like the Innovation Center—requires a dedicated goal-oriented team to deliver. That’s why RMI used an integrated project delivery process (IPD) to guide the design and construction of the building to:

  • Collaborate across disciplines
  • Define and commit to shared aggressive goals
  • Reward desired outcomes by sharing risk and reward among all team members

As a result, the team embedded integrative design into the entire process as well as the contract, allowing us to reduce time and delays (saving money) because the entire team anticipated and solved problems together rather than pointing fingers. Overall it allowed the team to achieve better comfort and building performance.

What is IPD?

IPD is an emerging contracting methodology that creates a framework for team relationships and decision-making. It creates a risk and reward pool to incentivize the whole team to work together and identify cost savings, which will then be shared among all team members. For the design and construction of the Innovation Center, RMI assembled the most capable and collaborative team they could find. This was no accident. We led a careful selection process aimed at finding the right mix of disciplines, skill sets, and personalities to deliver the results that we wanted.

We experienced a truly integrated design effort. That trust and respect that our team had established from the very first days enabled us to achieve fantastic results.

‐Cara Carmichael

Project Team

The Innovation Center’s level of design and performance was achieved thanks to a dedicated and multifaceted team comprised of:

Core Team Members

  • ZGF Architects (architect of record)
  • JE Dunn (general contractor)
  • Architectural Applications (high-performance design consultant)
  • PAE Consulting Engineers ( mechanical, electrical, plumbing, IT)
  • David Nelson & Associates (lighting)
  • True North Management (owner’s representative)
  • Graybeal Architects (local architect)
  • TG Malloy (land planner)
  • Sopris Engineering (civil engineer)
  • KPFF Consulting Engineers (structural engineers)
  • DHM Design (landscape architect)
  • Resource Engineering Group (commissioning)
  • Collective Sun (PPA)
  • SunPower (Solar panels)

Construction trade partners:

  • Alliance Glazing Technologies (window systems)
  • Elight Electric (electrical)
  • The Gallegos Corporation (masonry)
  • Gen3 Architectural Wall Systems (exterior walls)
  • Mtech Mechanical Consulting Group (mechanical)

Additional project partners:

  • Alpen High Performance Products
  • Alternmatt Associates
  • Big Ass Solutions
  • Bill Browning – Terrapin
  • Caesarstone International
  • Colorado Framing & Construction
  • Community Office for Resources Efficiency
  • Edge Construction Specialties
  • Enmetric System
  • Geli
  • GexPro
  • GreenHammer
  • Hanson Bridgett
  • Heyl Construction
  • Holy Cross Energy
  • HunterDouglas
  • Interface
  • LONG Building TechnologiesLucid
  • Passive House Institute US
  • Personal Comfort Systems
  • Premier Building Systems
  • Resources Engineering Group
  • Robert Clarke Associates
  • Peter Rumsey
  • S2M Construction
  • SafeGlass
  • Shuco
  • Sol Energy
  • Sopris Engineering
  • Steelcase
  • T.G. Mallory Consulting
  • Toto
  • Town of Basalt
  • Xssentials
  • and many others



Rocky Mountain Institute IPD Success Stories, 2017

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Innovating at RMI's Innovation Center through IPD, 2016

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Performance-Based Contracts Put Money Behind the Promise of Green Design–Architect Magazine, 2014

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