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Why Unify: The Drivers Behind Our Unified Project Delivery Approach

Nationwide MEP and Systems Contractor, Power Design, has sustained consistent revenue growth over the last decade despite industry challenges including everything from labor shortages to pandemic-related pauses and change-resistant counterparts. A major motivation behind this growth has proven to be a customer-centric approach to relationships— one that affords Power Design the ability to expand scopes, geographies, technologies, and processes based on the needs of GC and Developer partners.

We sat down earlier this year with Power Design senior leaders to understand how this passion for filling gaps and leading with agility has prompted the company’s shift to a Unified Project Delivery (UPD) model: a method of delivering a range of services through a streamlined process that makes customers’ lives easier. Our team discussed the cyclical nature of construction along with advances in technology and efficiency that have led to the next step in Power Design’s progress.

Part 1: Construction is Cyclical
CEO, Frank Musolino, began our conversation over coffee with insights from the past.

“Construction in and of itself is a very change-resistant industry. People have been stacking brick on top of brick for decades and centuries, so it’s hard to imagine things changing too fast. But, it feels like there’s a cyclical shift emerging; we’re heading back to the master builder concept where for a while, we had one guy that could build his own house from start to finish— he’d lay the foundation, he’d build the walls, he’d put everything in it.

From there, it went to an assembly line process during the industrial revolution where everyone had their place. I feel like the pendulum is swinging back now led in large part because of the convergence of technology, assemblies and modularization, and everything coming together— you need someone who can put it all together.”

Supporting Musolino’s technology convergence point, VP, Misha Zeltser, added: “The technology of buildings and construction started to get more complex, leading us to see a divergent and siloed approach; with today’s new communication and information sharing technology, I think it allows all those complexities to converge back together because we can so easily share information. We can more freely communicate with each other at a speed that allows us to become that master builder again.”

A master builder concept was born out of a need for simplicity, but was broken up by complexity. Its return brings relevance to Power Design’s approach of providing closely related scopes such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and systems all under one roof.

“I mean, the Empire State Building was built by a master builder,” Musolino concluded. “That was in 1931, so we’re due for another hundred-year cycle here. Our role is to embrace that and start doing it on our own so that once the industry gets there, we’ll be ahead of it.”

Stay tuned for more of our Unified Project Delivery Series – coming soon!