Collaboration in Design:
A study of James B Hunt Jr. Library.
Collaborative design is a complex process that differs from the conventional system of sequential design by means of personal interaction, communication, and timing of design decisions. The complexity of the collaborative system, however, gives way to reduced cost and risk, increased project delivery speed, and improved building performance. As building projects become more complicated through technological advancements, and the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) practice embraces more integrated processes, it is important to understand the dynamics of collaborative design. Through the study of previous projects, intimate knowledge can be gained regarding partner interaction, oversights, team dynamics, processes, and benefits that are not always a part of a standardized list of collaborative benefits. This study will provide this insight by framing the design and construction of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library using a narrative case study format, beginning with designer selection and focusing on the collaborative aspects of the process. This transformative library is an example of innovation and success through collaboration. At many stages, the study of this project allows observes to gain insight into the the personal interaction between Snehetta and NCSU that enabled the project to be successful. This insight is provided through the review of construction and design documents, interviews of stakeholders and design professionals, and literature. The summary of the process will provide reviewers an example into how a collaborative process may differ from traditional methods, potential conflicts and understanding required for solution, and how collaborative design can benefit innovation and project success.