PDRI for Buildings

Where is PDRI for Buildings used?

The PDRI for Buildings template is used to assess scope definition for building or commercial construction projects.

Key Characteristics

Primary DesignerCivil Engineer
Project OrientationVertical
UtilizationFunctional Use
OperationalNodal terminations
Interface with PublicModerate
Environmental ImpactModerate
Primary CostBuilding & related systems
Installed Equipment CostModerate
Land Cost Variable
Jurisdiction Interface Moderate

Types of Projects

  • hotels and motels
  • light assembly and manufacturing
  • performance halls
  • industrial control buildings
  • stores and shopping centres
  • research and laboratory facilities
  • medical facilities
  • institutional buildings
  • apartments
  • recreational and athletic facilities
  • airport terminals
  • warehouses

Project Performance Impact

Application of the PDRI for Buildings template has been tested by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) on billions of dollars worth of building projects.  These projects included office, control buildings, recreation, institutional, and research facilities.

The table below compares project performance using their PDRI score at the time of project authorization (end of detailed scope). Projects with a PDRI score under 200 (a lower score indicates a better defined scope) consistently outperform projects with a PDRI score above 200 in terms of cost, schedule, and change orders.

PerformancePDRI Score < 200PDRI Score > 200Difference
Cost 3% above budget 9% above budget 6%
Schedule 5% behind schedule 21% behind schedule 16%
Change Orders 8% of budget 11% of budget 3%
Reference: Project Definition Rating Index Building Projects, Implementation Resources 155-2, Version 4.0, Construction Industry Institute, 2013.

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