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Partnering Summit 2014

Mayor Ed Lee speaks at the partnering summit

On February 27,  2014, more than 300 contractors, City department leaders and construction industry executives joined Mayor Edwin M. Lee to officially kick off San Francisco’s partnering program. Partnering brings contractors and City departments together to foster better communication and build trust. Successful partnering delivers projects on time and on budget, with the highest quality, and increases job satisfaction and safety. With more than $25 billion of City projects coming up over the next 10 years, the goal is to work better together.

San Francisco is the first city in the nation to enact a citywide partnering program to create common working relationships across all City departments, for all types of construction projects. Partnering creates solid working relationships and prepares project teams for the challenges of working through complex issues in a highly productive and collaborative way.  


Check out photos from the summit.

Program (PDF)

Presentation (PDF)


  1. Welcome
  2. Introductory video
  3. Opening remarks - Mayor Ed Lee
  4. A Better Way through Partnering
  5. Collaborative Partnering: 101
  6. Partnering works!
  7. Partnering: Making it Happen
  8. Next steps and closing thoughts

San Francisco Partnering Requirements (PDF) 

Partnering Summit exit survey summary (PDF) 

Partnering program suggested mottos (PDF)  

Partnering tools

Mini Guide to Partnering (PDF)