Frequently Asked Questions

We are here to answer all of your questions.

Is Partnering still available for our projects, despite the Social Distancing regulations?

Yes! Our business never stops, and we continue to deliver Partnering Sessions virtually until in-person meetings are safe for all attendees. GLA has been able to implement and deliver effective Virtual Partnering Sessions on all of our projects. Read more about how GLA is adapting our services to the social distancing regulations.

How long is a Virtual Session?

60 minutes on average but no more than 90 minutes in exceptional cases.

Who should attend a Partnering Session?

Key Stakeholders representing the Owner, Contractor, and Project Management, important third-party entities, and key subcontractors.

Why do you offer monthly subscriptions instead of individual quarterly sessions the way it has always been done?

GLA has recognized that based on over 20 years of professional partnering facilitation of hundreds of projects totaling over $50 Billion, the successful outcome of project safety, on-time delivery, and optimum quality within budget requires proactive leadership and continuous resolution of project issues that arise between quarterly partnering sessions. Often the case, by the time quarterly sessions are coordinated, scheduled, and held, those early issues have turned into disputes and conflicts.

Rather than spending time, energy, and resources on conflict and dispute resolution, investment in Dispute Prevention through shorter monthly sessions and more focus on current project issues have led to early resolution and yielded remarkable success.

I only want to meet the Specification requirements. Why can’t we schedule Partnering Sessions when we need them?

It has been proven that holding Partnering Sessions only when issues or conflicts arise has cost the project additional time, cost, and stressful relations that could have been avoided had those issues been identified and resolved early on. Deploying Partnering Sessions after conflicts and tensions are heightened very rarely result in restoring relations or salvaging project schedule and budget. That is why GLA has adopted early and frequent monitoring and detection of potential issues before they turn into disputes through monthly tracking and facilitation, in addition to the quarterly sessions required by specification. It is an investment in Dispute Prevention vs Dispute Resolution.

What if I need special Facilitated Dispute Resolution (FDR) Sessions?

Additional specialized Sessions when needed can be scheduled separately in coordination with your GLA Partnering Facilitator to ensure proper and adequate preparation for the intended results.

Does the Monthly Subscription Package cost more than individual quarterly sessions?

The GLA monthly subscription packages cost 20% to 30% less than the conventional session fees. They are designed to provide a comprehensive and collaborative partnering experience based on more frequency, shorter durations, higher impact, and focus, utilizing virtual as well as in-person sessions when needed.