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Leveraging Lean Construction Jose Garcia-Aranda TFS VP

Leveraging Lean Construction

There is an industry wide push to share lean construction ideas and practices and Total Facility Solutions is part of the ongoing effort to help close the productivity gap that exists between our industry and other manufacturing industries. Since the 1960s, labor efficiency has increased significantly across most industries in the U.S. Unfortunately, construction is one of the industries that has been running against this trend. In this industry, it’s estimated that as much as 70% of projects exceed budget and schedule. These negative statistics are even more dire when one considers the high rates of safety incidents and injuries on construction projects.

This reality is driving some truly revolutionary changes in the construction industry, and compelling construction companies to move to lean/integrated project delivery models. Lean Construction is based on the idea of developing and managing projects through relationships, shared knowledge and common goals. It eliminates the traditional silos of knowledge, work and effort with a stated goal of improving the overall project. A Lean approach to projects is starting to gain traction, as it continues showing measurable improvements on schedules and reducing waste on complex or uncertain projects.

At TFS, the benefits of Lean Construction have quickly been experienced. We work in industries that stand to benefit the most from Lean Construction principles because projects are highly complex, with multiple stakeholders and a clear need for excellent communication and knowledge transfer. We’re honored that one of our Lean projects will be the subject of a panel discussion at the upcoming Lean Construction Institute Congress. This year’s LCI Congress will take place Oct. 16-20, 2017 at the Anaheim Marriott in Southern California with the theme of “Capture and Leverage the Lean Advantage.”

Lean Construction Institute Annual Congress

As part of the “Owner Interest: The Business Case for Lean” track, our own Jose Garcia-Aranda and Nathan Speanburg will join Alexander Finale from GLOBALFOUNDRIES to discuss “Leveraging Lean Construction to Gain Trust, Speed, and Profitability in the Semiconductor Construction Industry.” GLOBALFOUNDRIES explains its transition to Lean principles as part of the panel abstract (the full abstract is available in the Congress agenda): The journey began in 2015 when constrained by a tight schedule and a limited budget to build a program-critical central utility building. GLOBALFOUNDRIES and M+W Group turned to Lean Construction principles and practices to meet the program goals:
  • An Integrated Project Delivery contract strategy
  • Target Value Design
  • Last-Planner System
  • Pull Planning
The project was a huge success, resulting in a base-build cost savings of over 15% and schedule pull-in of 60 days. Moreover, the CUB-D Project was awarded the Associated General Contractors of New York State 2015 Excellence in Partnering Competition presented to projects that best epitomize the principles of partnering. Our Lean Construction journey in the semiconductor industry will outline how over the past 2 years, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, with the support of our construction trade partners, is leveraging Lean Construction principles as a competitive advantage. In the process, we are transforming the New York Capital Region by establishing a Lean Construction culture in an effort to enable the most cutting-edge semiconductor manufacturing foundry in the world. We hope you can join us and take part in this discussion. The panel will take place on Wed., Oct. 18 at 4:20 p.m. in the Platinum 1-4 room at the Anaheim Marriott.