About AWP & WFP

In short: it’s the best way to plan and execute higher quality, safer lower-cost, on-schedule projects. Get the right things to the right people at the right time for effective construction execution. The AWP & WFP body of knowledge (or, more simply referred to as just “AWP”) is a series of concepts and methods developed by the Construction Owners’ Association of Alberta (COAA) and the Construction Industry Institute (CII) over the past decade.

It began in 2006 as a set of recommendations for enhanced work packaging techniques, but through constant evolution (thanks to the hard work of industry practitioners and researchers), it has grown into a complete system for project planning and execution from concept to commissioning. AWP is proven to reduce total installed costs while increasing predictability, safety and overall quality. It is rapidly becoming the gold-standard for construction project management as global owners, constructors, engineers and vendors continue to adopt, interpret and apply the best practices.

WorkFace Planning – or WFP – is an internationally-recognized construction project planning system developed by the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) in Edmonton, Alberta in 2006. WFP began as a construction productivity enhancement intiative by and for construction project owners, but over time it evolved into a project performance model applicable to the entire project, from concept to completion. Eventually, in collaboration with CII (out of the University of Texas at Austin), WFP became part of a larger model for effective project planning and execution now known as AWP. WFP represents the construction execution component of the AWP model, as per the following diagram:


AWP & WFP is a very detailed level of planning and execution that project owners in Canada, the United States and other places around the world are now requiring from their contractors and engineers. Year after year, more and more projects are using Advanced Work Packaging and WorkFace Planning.