Trapino Named 2013 AGC Chair of the Year

Posted March 21st, 2014

At the AGC Annual Convention, Stewart Trapino (Linbeck Group, Houston, TX) was named 2013 Chair of Year. He was honored for his leadership of the AGC Lean Construction Education Subforum. Originally formed to guide and review the units of the Lean Construction Education Program (LCEP) as they were developed by a consultant, the subforum drastically changed its role from oversight to the creation of Lean Units 4 through 7 beginning in 2013. As chair of the subforum, Trapino led the effort to divide up the remaining units among the subforum’s volunteer members with them becoming the primary authors; a new approach to the way AGC typically develops curricula.

Trapino not only embraced the new process and challenged each of the subforum members to take an active role in the development of at least one unit, but he also took on a primary author role for both Units 4 and 6.

AGC of America is grateful to Trapino and to all of its volunteers for their work on behalf of the construction industry.

Webinar: The Leadership Roles and Responsibilities of Top Management in Developing a Lean Construction Culture

Posted January 17th, 2014

Implementing Lean Construction as a business operating system in an organization represents a powerful improvement opportunity, which requires company-wide change, especially for top management.

Few organizations understand that a successful and sustainable Lean implementation starts with an ironclad commitment from the top. Rather, these organizations believe that top management’s role is to give a one-time “blessing” to Lean and hand the Lean task to a Lean Facilitator or Champion. The end result of this type of implementation is a low performing or failed implementation with a litany of justifications for why their Lean implementation failed; “Lean doesn’t apply to construction”, “Our suppliers and trade partners are not doing Lean”, “This is not automotive production, all of our projects are one-offs”, “The unions are stopping us”, etc. The bottom line is this: Success or failure with Lean is the result of continuous, active engagement by top management.

This webinar will discuss and explain the Lean Leadership principles that top management must use in their attitude and actions to support the development of a Lean Culture. Actual company examples will be discussed. The webinar will be presented on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (ET). Click here for more information and to register.

Webinar: Instructor Orientation for Lean Unit 5

Posted January 17th, 2014

This program will highlight the requirements for instructors of Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly and go through the course content in detail to discuss highlights, activities and tips for delivery. Everyone who is interested in applying to become an approved instructor for AGC’s Lean Construction Education Program Unit 5 must participate – either in the live or the recorded version – of this webinar. The live webinar will be presented on Monday, February 17, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET).

Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly Instructor’s Guides and Participants Manuals will be available for sale in the AGC Bookstore in early March 2014. More information on AGC’s Lean Construction Education Program can be found at For questions on registration, click here.