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