As my colleague Ann Edminster likes to say, you don’t so much want “Integrative Design” as “Integrative Project Delivery”. This is one of several cabins I engineered for Siegel & Strain Architects for which we all wanted to use Optimum Value Framing. By carefully detailing each wall and opening, we could reduce lumber usage by 30%. The client loved it, the architect and engineer (me!) loved it, the general and framing contractors loved it. But when the lumber arrived onsite — FSC-certified, of course — the framing crew just set to work doing what they always do — studs at 16″, double top plates, 4x headers, and so on. By the time their boss arrived at the end of the day, they had already framed most of the buildings in the common/wasteful way. Ouch.
No matter how large or small the project, it pays to make sure that everyone is communicating all the time, all the way up and down the various levels of the team.