Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction


First Advisor

Philip Barutha

Second Advisor

Terry Stentz

Third Advisor

Kelli Herstein

Date of this Version


Document Type



Wood-Aliberch, X. (2021). Facilitating the Industrial Sector's Adoption of Collaborative Project Delivery Methods. M.S. thesis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Science, Major: Construction Engineering and Management, Under the Supervision of Professor Philip Barutha. Lincoln, Nebraska: April, 2021

Copyright © 2021 Xavier M. Wood-Aliberch


In an effort to improve outcomes in the civil and healthcare sectors, clients have adopted collaborative project delivery methods for the delivery of their capital projects. The success stories in these sectors have gathered the attention of clients in the industrial sector, where cost and schedule overruns have become the norm. The central objective of this thesis is to help clients make the transition to this new type of project delivery.

This thesis was written in a three-paper format, where each paper addresses a challenge with the adoption of collaborative delivery methods. The first paper investigates what type of industrial project would be a good candidate for collaborative delivery. Through seven semi-structured interviews and a web-based questionnaire with 49 responses, this paper reveals that risk/uncertainty is the primary driver for using a collaborative delivery method. In contrast to current guidelines, complexity was not found to be an important motivator for using this alternative delivery method. Evidence was also found to suggest that projects with higher dollar value are more suitable for collaborative delivery methods.

The second paper explores lessons learned about the shared risk/reward commercial terms. Seven semi-structured interviews were conducted to explore what practitioners in New Zealand and Australia have learned regarding these commercial terms. The interviews revealed five important lessons that will help clients in the industrial sector understand and implement these new legal instruments.

The third paper in this thesis develops a framework to compare the performance of a project delivered collaboratively with one that is delivered under a traditional approach. A three-hour long research charrette with 12 industry professionals was used to develop the Project Success Framework. The framework consists of 11 Key Result Areas that clients should use to compare project performance. This framework will help clients determine if collaborative delivery methods are able to produce as successful outcomes in the industrial sector as they have in the civil and healthcare sectors.

Advisor: Philip Barutha