Q & A with Rebecca Pizzi – Speaker at IPD Forum

This week, PWC’s PDAC Committee will host its first professional development event, featuring four experts with extensive experience implementing the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach. One of the four speakers, Rebecca Pizzi, Project Executive with Skanska, will walk us through her experience with and lessons learned using IPD.

IPD is a project approach that relies first and foremost on the integration of individuals, the overall project team, and systems to establish a collaborative design process, where productivity and efficiency are enhanced and waste reduced, essentially time and money are put to better use.

Rebecca Pizzi, LEED AP BC+D, Lean/Six Sigma Yellow Belt/STS-C, Operations Project Executive at Skanska in Philadelphia, PA
PWC PDAC: As a Project Executive at Skanska – what is your primary role in the office and on your projects?
RP: I am currently focused on a new Medical Campus project for Inspira Health in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. Many times, I  oversee multiple projects at one time, depending on the complexity and size of the projects. I am also responsible for managing staffing, operations, and business development for Skanska.

PWC PDAC: Was there a specific experience or project that influenced you the most?
RP: I began my career working on pharmaceutical projects. These highly technical and fast-paced projects have taught me to pay close attention to detail during construction and comprehend the critical aspects that impact the project’s success. Through years of experience working heavily in the field, quick decision making was further instilled in me due to the fast-paced culture on the jobsite.

PWC PDAC: Is your work focused on a specific industry? If not, which sectors or project types do you find most complex or challenging?
RP: From healthcare and pharmaceutical facilities to Mission Critical Data Centers, residential and commercial developments, all at varying scales, my multi-disciplinary background influences and affects my ability to offer a well-rounded perspective for overseeing projects.  Not always dependent on the sector, the complexity of each project varies due to differences in the project size, logistics, stakeholders, and the team. I enjoy projects that are technically challenging and complex, from both the construction aspect and the types of services the project will deliver.

PWC PDAC: Have you used IPD before on a project?
RP: We are implementing IPD on one of my current projects with Inspira Health. This methodology helps create more predictable and successful projects. By increasing communication, we are able to provide project deliverables on time and under budget.  Communication is the key component in the delivery of an IPD project.

PWC PDAC: Overall, what is your experience with IPD? Would you make any changes to IPD?
RP: I believe IPD is fantastic and would do another IPD project in a heartbeat. After working with the IPD process, I think it’s important to make sure the entire team is engaged from day one and incorporate better communication tools moving forward.

PWC PDAC: What do you see yourself working on in the future?
RP: Moving forward, I would like to continue working on projects that contribute to making our society better, such as hospitals, pharma, data centers, and educational institutions.

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