This Blog Explores: Defining and explaining the power and competitive advantage of Collaboratively Integrated Partner Organizations. 



The CIPO business model is geared toward small, mid-size, and large firms who have developed strong individual brands and cultures, yet also understand the power and competitive advantage of collaboration. 

A CIPO allows like-minded companies to realize improvements in process and product quality, financial bottom lines, and scheduling efficiencies. The CIPO model also allows  small and mid-size companies to pool the required skills, processes, and resources to  compete on projects of all scales and quickly adapt to market shifts. 

A CIPO contractually obligates each individual business to use a specified set of “Standards, Templates and Workflows” organized within a cloud-based CDE platform, or what BuildUSA refers to as a ”Building Collaborative Environment” (BCE).  

The BCE platform allows all CIPO companies to immediately access, share, and authorize project data and decisions involving: 

  • Communications 
  • Document sharing 
  • Schedules 
  • Contracts 
  • Authorizations and approvals 
  • And more  

The BCE remains a constant from project to project, and enables CIPO’s to shorten project schedules, provide financial efficiencies, and enhance the quality of the end product.  Most importantly, the BCE dramatically improve the project experience for the Owner and Project Team.  

The BCE helps CIPO companies maximize efficiency by working together. These efficiencies show up in many ways. For example: 

  • Assembling a new project team 
  • Connecting all companies and individual members 
  • Providing contact information 
  • Providing access to project forms  
  • Ensuring that all project start-up data is properly secured and available to all appropriate team members 

 Strongly motivated and well-organized CIPO groups offer an opportunity for the entire Building Community to eliminate much of the frustration that is built into the traditional building experience. This experience pits team members against each other, and undermines clear communication, direction, and decision-making. 

The CIPO model offers a new way forward.  

Let me share some good news. The first BCE is currently under development. It’s called the “BuildUSA Collaborative Environment.” In addition, the first official CIPO group is now being assembled under the working name of  BuildUSA-Chicago. This group will soon begin finalizing the design for the first Optimized Ambulatory Building. The OAB is a modular building  that supports the delivery of any healthcare service that requires less than 24 hours of in-house observation. 

In the collaborative context of a BCE supported CIPO, companies can build better buildings at lower cost.  At the same time, CIPO companies can also create a much more rewarding work experience for all their team members. 

If only for this benefit alone – a happier, more focused staff – the investment in CIPO’s will be well worth it.