The OrlandoSentinel.com recently featured an article about a construction project by builder Baston-Cook Co. that is on track to successfully erect a 23 floor, 320 unit apartment complex in 13 short months. The building has been constructed so quickly thanks to the implementation of the lean method. The standard procedure of erecting a tower of this size would be to complete each 15,000-square-foot floor at a time, taking 5 days to complete one floor. However, by dividing each floor into three 5,000 square foot sections workers are moving in quicker, more product cycles. The article explains that by implementing lean construction idol time is eliminated and no one contractor is waiting for another contractor to complete his/her job before they can begin their own work. Click here to read the article in its entirety.
Lean Construction Leads to Quick Construction of Tower
Posted March 25th, 2013
Lean Construction: Continuous Improvement Comes to Construction
Posted February 11th, 2013
Read Lean Construction: Continuous Improvement Comes to Construction from Connstruction, southern New England’s Construction journal, written by John W. Butts, Execute Director of AGC of Connecticut. In this article Butts explores how the concept of lean has benefited other industries and how the lean theory can benefit the construction industry. Construction has the reputation of being one of the least productive industries but by implementing Lean construction companies become more productive, safer and profitable. Click here to read the complete article.
Digging Deeper: Power Company Goes Lean to Build Clean
Posted January 23rd, 2013
Read this article from ENR Midwest titled Digging Deeper: Power Company Goes Lean to Build Clean written by Kathie Sutin. The article details the success Boldt Construction Company has had using lean construction practices. By implementing lean construction Boldt Construction has stayed ahead of schedule, under budget and chucked traditional contracts in favor of an “integrated form of agreement” resulting in a very successful project. To continue reading, click here.
White Paper Published on Status of Lean Construction in the US
Posted October 2nd, 2012
A white paper titled: “Status of Lean in the US Construction Industry” was published by Rider Levett Bucknall in July 2012 and written by Natalie J. Sayer and Julian A. J. Anderson.
To access the 19 page paper go to: http://rlb.com/rlb.com/pdf/news/Status_of_Lean_in_The_US_Construction_Industry.pdf
Turner Stops Work Companywide to Talk Lean Construction
Posted September 27th, 2012
Read an article in Engineering News-Record (ENR) (Sept. 17 issue) written by Luke Abaffy about how Turner Construction Co. paused its 45,000 person staff and subcontractor workforce for 30 minutes to talk about Lean and safety. The article can be found at https://enr.construction.com/engineering/subscription/LoginSubscribe.aspx?cid=23723 (ENR log-in required).
CMAA Advisor Article Titled “The Six Lean Principles”
Posted September 27th, 2012
The Fall 2012 Edition of the Construction Management Association of America’s (CMAA) Advisor publication included an article titled “The Six Lean Principles” written by Bohdan Oppenheim. Go to the following link to read the article – http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/0be7ab6d#/0be7ab6d/7.
Register Today for the Third Annual Lean Construction Summit
Posted May 16th, 2012
The 3rd Annual LEAN Construction Summit, jointly presented by CURT, AGC of America, LCI and AIA, is set to take place June 13th at the Ameristar Casino in St. Louis, MO. This year’s Summit, Optimizing the Project, Not the Pieces, will offer attendees the opportunity to explore why and how owners are implementing LEAN construction principles to improve the delivery of their capital projects.
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CURT Article on Measuring Lean Outcomes
Posted December 14th, 2011
In the Fall 2011 edition of the Construction Users Roundtable’s magazine The Voice there is an article titled: “Owners’ Opinions: Measuring LEAN Outcomes.” The article begins on page 49 and the magazine can be viewed by clicking here.
IPD & Lean Construction Conference Brings Together Industry Leaders
Posted October 10th, 2011
The AGC IPD and Lean Construction Building Conference was held September 21-24, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas with a record attendance of more than 230 participants. Building construction contractors, construction project owners, design professionals, attorneys, suppliers and service suppliers came together to hear from an excellent line-up of industry experts about the impact of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Lean Construction on the construction industry. Speakers included: Digby Christian (Sutter Health); Bill Seed (Universal Health Services); Howard Ashcraft (Hanson Bridgett); Will Lichtig (The Boldt Company); Renee Cheng (University of Minnesota); Ken Stowe (Autodesk); Ken Simonson (AGC of America); Mike Kenig (Holder Construction), and two panels of industry experts who discussed the convergence of lean fundamentals and IPD. Attendees also enjoyed numerous networking opportunities including breakfasts, evening receptions, a keynote luncheon and the golf tournament. This conference was developed by the leaders of AGC’s Building Division, Project Delivery Forum, and Lean Construction Forum.
Before the Conference began, AGC held the first three courses of its Lean Construction Education Program (LCEP) for the first time. The three courses sold out months in advance and were positively received by the attendees. AGC will begin offering these courses later this year through its network of Chapters and will continue development of this ground-breaking curriculum in 2012.
At the keynote luncheon, AGC Building Division Chairman Chuck Greco (Linbeck) announced that AGC of America and the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) had agreed to a strategic partnership that will benefit both organizations and the industry as a whole. In addition to encouraging the organizations to work together, the agreement will also allow LCI to be directly involved in the development of AGC’s lean construction curriculum and ensure that the curriculum includes the latest knowledge, resources and best practices related to lean construction.
Bob Marwill from Satterfield & Pontikes Construction commented that the “IPD-Lean Conference in San Antonio was most informative, enjoyable and interesting. Quality of presenters was as good as any conference I’ve attended.” If you didn’t make it to San Antonio, take a look at some of the presentations by clicking on the “Presentations” section at www.agc.org/bcc.
The next AGC Building Contractors Conference will be held September 12-15, 2012 at the Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, SC. For more information contact Mike Stark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 20 Lean Webinar: Three Lean Tools to Help Your Company be More Competitive
Posted October 7th, 2011
Construction projects are increasingly more complex. Cash is now the grand emperor of survival and competition for fewer jobs is intense. Contractors must do more with fewer resources and greater cooperation is needed to have successful projects. Come learn about how Lean Construction processes deliver solutions that work. This webinar will introduce the basic principles and three proven techniques of Lean applied to construction.
WHEN: October 20, 2011; 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (ET)
• Lean thinking, including value and the seven basic types of waste common to all work
• How Lean is being used successfully in construction to drive out waste and add value
• Three hands-on Lean tools to help your company be more competitive
Speaker: Dennis Sowards, Quality Support Services, Inc.
AGC Partners With LCI on Lean Construction Education
Posted September 30th, 2011
AGC of America (AGC) and the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) have launched a partnership designed to educate the construction community about the lean construction process. This first-ever lean construction education program will include the latest research and content thanks to an agreement announced September 22 between AGC and LCI. Both groups will now be able to work together to create additional resources for contractors about lean construction because of the new agreement. Learn more about the AGC Lean Construction Forum, the AGC Lean Construction Education Program, and this strategic partnership.
March 22 Forum Session Planned for AGC Annual Convention
Posted March 16th, 2011
Leaders and staff of the AGC Lean Construction Forum will provide a brief overview of the Forum and its current and future activities, as well a “sneak preview” of AGC’s Lean Construction Education Program curriculum currently under development. Convention attendees should be sure not to miss this session on Tuesday, March 22 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM at the Bellagio Hotel. For more information about the Convention check out http://convention.agc.org/.
Webinar Available for Purchase Through AGC Store
Posted March 16th, 2011
The webinar “Lean Construction in Practice Through ‘Real World’ Applications” is available for purchase through the AGC Store for only $49. This 90 minute webinar features Forum Chair Chuck Greco (Linbeck Group LLC) as the moderator, along with Jennifer Oliverio (Linbeck Group LLC) and Dave MacNeel (Baker Concrete Construction) who explained how they have utilized lean processes on their projects to deliver greater reliability and better project delivery. Tariq Abdelhamid, an Associate Professor of Lean Construction at Michigan State University, also joined the panel for the Q&A session. To purchase this webinar, which includes the PowerPoint and audio recording, please visit the AGC Store.
Conference Highlights Lean Case Studies
Posted July 12th, 2010
Lean construction professionals and other industry leaders shared best practices and lessons learned at the AGC Building Contractors Conference on June 9-12 in Midway, Utah. The Conference included a full day of sessions sponsored by the Lean Construction Forum, which included an “introduction to lean” presentation and four case studies.
George Zettel with Turner Construction Co. led the introductory session titled “Lean Construction: A Basic Refresher” to a standing-room only audience. Immediately following, Tariq Abdelhamid with Enovio Consulting/Michigan State University provided an overview of four lean competency clusters. The afternoon sessions highlighted case studies that focused on the four competency clusters discussed earlier. The case studies were presented by Jennifer Oliverio, Linbeck Group; Dave MacNeel, Baker Concrete Construction; Thomas Demko, Burt Hill; and Kevin McClain, The Weitz Company.
New Publication Explores All Levels of IPD
Posted July 12th, 2010
AGC of America, together with the National Association of State Facilities Administrators (NASFA), Construction Owners Association of America (COAA), APPA: The Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers, and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), just released Integrated Project Delivery for Public and Private Owners.
Integrated Project Delivery for Public and Private Owners explores the varying degrees of collaboration found in IPD, defining it as a philosophy and as a delivery method. The publication explores why owners should consider adopting IPD principles, how IPD fits in to related industry trends, such as BIM and Lean, and offers suggestions on how to integrate IPD principles into construction projects. Owners, general contractors and all project stakeholders will find Integrated Project Delivery for Public and Private Owners to be a useful resource regarding IPD.