Whether called Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ), Task Order, or Continuing Services, this unique contract type is an important tool in the tool box of any owner who is a habitual buyer of Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) services.

These contracts are designed to cater to a wide array of services and project types without a predefined scope. Unfortunately, the industry’s typical attitude towards these projects is that of indifference. They are often viewed as a lower tier of priority, perceived as less critical than more involved, larger-scale projects and that they can be completed without the same skill and attention to detail that other projects might require. This less engaged approach by the design team often results in poor outcomes where the opportunities for innovation and customization are not fully embraced.

However, there is a better way. By adopting an Agile mindset that puts the needs of people first, the importance of every project regardless of size can be realized, barriers to success can be removed, and the client’s mission can flourish. When these projects receive the same level of creativity, attention, and strategic planning as any other project, their full potential can be unlocked and the client’s expectations can be met and exceeded.

Extending the Client’s Abilities

While many owners possess in-house design capabilities and could potentially handle the scope of certain projects themselves, this approach may not always represent the best allocation of their time and limited resources. Ideally, when IDIQ contracts are executed effectively, they enable project expenditures to closely match actual needs, thereby optimizing resource use and enhancing overall project management efficiency. However, if not approached with the right mindset, the design team tasked with the work might fail to realize this potential, leading to possible regrets from the owner about not undertaking the project in-house.

Adopting an Agile mindset transforms this dynamic. It allows the design team to deeply understand the owner's challenges, motivations, goals, and preferences, effectively acting as an extension of the owner's capabilities and extending their reach. This synergy enables the team to adeptly adapt to the owner's evolving project requirements. With this approach, the team is prepared to swiftly respond to any changes, be they shifts in project scope, unforeseen needs, or the demand for additional services, ensuring a flexible and responsive project execution that aligns with the owner's vision and requirements.

Cultivating Expertise Across Diverse Domains

In recent years, the architecture realm has seen a significant shift towards specialization. While this comes with many clear benefits, it also has its drawbacks. An IDIQ framework contains a wide range of projects requiring a diverse set of skills. While an owner may choose to have a large task order group of firms with many specialists, that can become cumbersome for the owner to manage, and consistent, high-quality results won’t be achieved.

Having a core group of agile-minded firms with versatility and expertise in handling a wide range of projects increases the likelihood of great results without burden to the owner. Such breadth in service showcases the ability to adapt and excel in projects that require a deep understanding of different project needs.


Understanding Needs and Removing Barriers

We spend time with the client to determine how to best achieve need-focused solutions. One of our hallmark projects under an IDIQ contract is the Hitchcock Field and Fork Food Pantry at the University of Florida. Faced with a significant budget constraint, our team devised a solution that involved repurposing existing construction. The use of existing exterior walls reduced overall costs and allowed funds to be directed towards the interior spaces that are most impactful to the student and staff experience.

We delivered a highly functional and cohesive space that not only met but surpassed our client's expectations. This project, among others, stands as a testament to our problem-solving capabilities through maintaining an Agile mindset. Our goal is to help you maximize every dollar spent to achieve your vision.

Lean Processes, Quick Results, and Understanding the Needs of Construction Professionals

Attaining a successful project outcome is no small feat: It requires clear and consistent communication with relevant stakeholders to maintain alignment throughout the design and construction process.

Our approach is to work collaboratively toward a shared goal of success with all team members. We meticulously manage schedules by involving the entire project team on regular progress updates so we can stay ahead of deliverable deadlines. Recently, we completed an addition to Baby Gator, which required close collaboration among team members to complete the childcare facility renovation in time for the Fall semester at the University of Florida. Keeping information streamlined and organized ensures efficiency, and ensures we are always making informed decisions to move forward.

Looking Ahead: Building for Tomorrow

Engaging with an agile-minded firm that understands the nuances of IDIQ contracts ensures that your needs are met with care and thought and the end project is a reflection of precision, creativity, and foresight.

At Walker Architects, we are not just about creating buildings; we’re about crafting agile spaces that inspire and endure and agile delivery processes that remove barriers and headaches for owners. Our journey with IDIQ and continuing services contracts has been filled with learning opportunities and success, demonstrating our capability to create exceptional architectural solutions at any scale.

We are excited to bring our expertise and passion to your continuing services projects. If you would like to know about Agile Design or Walker Architects, please contact us through our website.