Magazine article Dispute Resolution Journal

AAA Partnering Aids Oklahoma Memorial Project

Magazine article Dispute Resolution Journal

AAA Partnering Aids Oklahoma Memorial Project

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It has been almost four years since a federal building in Oklahoma City was ripped apart by a powerful bomb, but the memory of the victims and survivors will live on through a $24 million memorial project.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation launched the project last year with support coming from all walks of life. The American Arbitration Association's contribution is providing free partnering to help ensure that the construction of the memorial will proceed smoothly.

Twenty people who represent the parties involved in the construction project attended the AAA partnering workshop Nov. 16-17 in Oklahoma City. The partnering program was facilitated by Robert Shoff, who also donated his services.

"The American Arbitration Association was privileged to be of service to the citizens of Oklahoma and the nation and especially pleased to demonstrate the AAA's abiding commitment to construction industry dispute avoidance," said Mark Appel, AAA senior vice president.

Rowland Denman, secretary of the foundation, said the partnering process will help the project meet its target finish dates by serving as a problem-solving forum.

"What the partnering process did is help us make this project a true partnership," said Denman, who is also a member of the AAA's construction panel. "It made us all realize that we are on the same team." He expressed the foundation's gratitude for the AAA's contribution and praised Shoff's skills as a facilitator.

Partnering is a dispute avoidance technique involving all parties in a construction project. …

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