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Stephen Uzelac
Judy Weaver
Devin Uzleac
Nate Uzelac
Kevin James Uzelac

The Partnering Workshop
Facilitated by:
Stephen Uzelac and The Uzelac Enhancement Team,
Woodville, Ohio and Spruce Creek, Pennsylvania

What is Partnering?

The Partnering concept is not a new way of doing business. Most construction companies have always conducted themselves in a partnering manner. Partnering is a way of doing business where a person’s word is his/her bond, where people accept and understand their responsibilities and what impact their actions will have on the success of this project. Partnering is not a contract, but a recognition that every contract includes an implied covenant of good faith.

While the contract establishes the legal relationships, the Partnering process establishes working relationships among the parties (partners) through a mutually-developed, formal strategy of commitment and communication. It creates an environment where trust and teamwork prevents disputes, fosters a cooperative bond to everyone’s benefit, and facilitates the completion of a successful project.


  • To enhance understanding as to why Partnering is the most effective method of doing business in the construction industry. (An Effective Paradigm)
  • To explain how the concepts and tools of Partnering and Total Quality Management work together to enhance the success of your project team.
  • To develop a partnering team charter that explains what, why and how your team will be successful through cooperation, commitment, communication, and actions.
  • To explain what actions are necessary to bring the partnering vision to reality.

Partnering Defined:

Partnering as defined by the Association for General Contractors is a management concept designed to create positive working relationships and resolve construction problems in a timely and cost effective manner. Partnering is the essence of Total Quality Management. Partnering requires that all team players have a win-win attitude that will enhance relationships. A win-win relationship must be based upon

  • trust,
  • commitment to shared goals,
  • a willingness to resolve differences in an effective manner and
  • to be driven to satisfy each other’s individual expectations.


  • Improves quality
  • Increases productivity
  • Reduces waste
  • Provides cost effectiveness
  • Develops profitable win-win relationships
  • Continuous improvement of quality and services
  • Allows contractors to stay in business
  • Continues to provide quality jobs for quality people


Partnering benefits for all stakeholders:

For all the partners of a project, Partnering is a high-leveraged effort. It may require increased staff and management time up front, but the benefits accrue in a more harmonious, less confrontational process and, at completion, a successful project without litigation and claims.

The Partnering process empowers the project personnel of all partners with freedom and authority to accept responsibility - to do their jobs by encouraging decision making and problem solving at the lowest possible level of authority. It encourages everyone to take pride in their efforts and tells them it’s OK to get along and trust each other.

Partnering is an opportunity to achieve some of the benefits of closer personal contact which are possible in negotiated or design-build contracts.

Benefits to the Project Owner:

  • Partner Team selection of subcontractors and suppliers.
  • A clear understanding of performance of all participants.
  • Lower risk of cost overruns and delays because of better time and cost control over project.
  • Better quality product because energies are focused on the ultimate goal and not misdirected to adversarial concerns.
  • Potential to expedite project through efficient implementation of the contract.
  • Open communication and un-filtered information allow for more efficient resolution of problems.
  • Lower administrative costs because of elimination of defensive case building.
  • Increased opportunity for innovation through open communication and element of trust, especially in the development of value engineering changes and constructability improvements.
  • Increased opportunity for a financially successful project because of non-adversarial win/win attitude.

Benefits to the Project Contractor:

  • Increased productivity because of elimination of defensive case building.
  • Expedited decision making with issue resolution strategies.
  • Lower risk of cost overruns and delays because of better time and cost control over project.
  • Increased opportunity for a financially successful project because of non- adversarial win/win attitude.

Benefits to the Project Architect/Engineer:

  • Minimized exposure to liability for document deficiencies through early identification of problems, continuous evaluation, and cooperative, prompt resolution which can minimize cost impact.
  • Enhanced role in decision-making process, as an active team member in providing interpretation of design intent and solution to problems.
  • Reduced administrative costs because of elimination of defensive case building and avoidance of claim administration and defense costs.
  • Increased opportunity for a financially successful project because of non-adversarial win/win attitude.

Benefits to the Project Subcontractors and Suppliers:

  • Equity involvement in project increases opportunity for innovation and implementation of value engineering in work.
  • Potential to improve cash flow due to fewer disputes and withheld payments.
  • Improved decision making avoids costly claims and saves time and money.
  • Enhanced role in decision making process as an active team member.
  • Increased opportunity for a financially successful project because of non- adversarial win/win attitude

A New Beginning:

Partnering helps all parties in the construction process to direct their energies and to focus on the real issues associated with achieving their ultimate objective of constructing a quality product on time and within budget.

It is time for a change. Partnering is not a panacea. It is a challenging endeavor. The participants must be committed to change and they must be committed to working in a team environment that fosters a win/win relationship.

Partnering is a demonstration of integrity and fair dealing to gain the respect of others. In the long-term, that respect produces a reputation of true value in the industry. A heightened awareness of the value of fair dealing can be used internally, externally and in all aspects of business and life.

Partnering has the potential to change the construction industry, one project at time. According to "The Associated General Contractors of America" many projects have been successfully partnered. The AGCA encourages you to try partnering all of your projects, however, keep in mind that partnering requires action. The charter workshop is not a guarantee for a successful project. The workshop is designed to lay a foundation of trust and communication. A successful partnering project will require all partners to commit, communicate and cooperate in the spirit of the charter you have developed here today.

Need to know more about partnering and how to partner your next construction project,
then contact The Uzelac Enhancement Team. E-mail us at or call us at 419/849-3465


Uzelac Enhancement Team
PO Box 77
Spruce Creek, Pa 16683
telephone 814-632-7777

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