Study of Benefits, Challenges and Constraints

By Mónica Gutiérrez

Bogotá, Colombia


Construction projects in Canada are one of the largest and most important sectors for the national economy. Given its significant contribution to employment rate and impact on the Gross Domestic Product, it is relevant to ensure the implementation of project management best practices to deliver projects on time, on budget and within scope.

However, in order to have a successful project it is also relevant to include more elements than the ones listed above, and start including as a priority the process by which the product or service is delivered.

Therefore, this paper analyzes how PRiSM (Projects integrating Sustainability Methods), a new project management practice, can help construction projects improve their processes and influence their outcomes.

Specifically, this paper contains an analysis of the Canadian construction sector, a description of the sustainability project management and the study of how PRiSM, a sustainability methodology, can be applied in the project management of construction projects.

The sources consulted were online sources such as papers, books and guidelines; and an interview with President and Founder of Green Project Management (GPM Global) and co-author of PRiSM concepts and guidelines.


Project management within construction companies is the method by which projects are conducted. However, even when project managers and team members strive to the fullest to deliver on time, on budget and encompassing all requirements with good quality standards, there are still challenges to overcome. The question is, how construction projects can overcome these constraints in order to be successful?

Currently, different trends of project management have risen to help projects enhance their performance and sustainability project management is one of them. For the purpose of this paper, the focus will be on how a new sustainability project management methodology called PRiSM can help construction projects, its challenges and constraints. 


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About the Author

pmwj21-apr2014-gutierrez-AUTHOR PHOTOcolumbia-mapMónica Gutiérrez

Bogotá, Colombia

Mónica Gutiérrez is a specialist in sustainability and project management with an environmental engineering degree from Universidad de los Andes. She has experience on environmental compliance and assessment, sustainability programs in the supply chain and Corporate Social Responsibility projects. She has worked for companies ranging from oil and gas, food and beverages and health and beauty sectors. Monica currently works as a sustainability consultant for a Big Four consulting firm and is interested in exploring new ways of implementing project management methodologies.  She can be contacted at [email protected].