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'We are very pleased with our trade
partners that work in this market.'
ing opportunity," Rahe says. "One of our key
focuses is expanding our efforts towards our
tradespeople and design team members.
We want to optimize the performance of the
entire project team."
The many lessons to be learned from lean
practices follow a two-way street for Rahe
and Weitz, as there are many practices and
insights to be learned from subcontractors
as well. "We are very pleased with our trade
partners that work in this market," Rahe explains. "We really believe they are partners
and value their insights. We draw on their
expertise and innovation. We learn from
them just as much as they learn from us."
According to Rahe, the end-result is that
both partners improve their processes.
"Both groups get better," Rahe notes. "It
takes time and effort, but we both become
a better team. As a result, our delivery is
faster and more cost-effective."
As Rahe explains, such a rigorous
exchange of ideas can really benefit Weitz
as well as its subcontractors and trade partners. This was the case with Parsons Electric
and APi Group. "Parsons and APi have both
Weitz Company Minnesota Commercial Team
stands in their new MN office with John Pemberton
of the Lean Construction Institute (center).
been tremendous from a knowledge base,"
Rahe notes. "We have started a great a journey of constantly improving and challenging each other."
Virtual Design Construction
In an effort to continually evolve and develop efficient processes, Weitz continues to
adopt new advances in pre-planning. Rahe
says Weitz is focused on virtual design construction (VDC). "We're a little bit different
in how we do VDC planning," Rahe states.
"We are focused on creating more than just
a pretty virtual picture, but rather making
sure there is creation of value-added content through-out our VDC plan."
Rahe says Weitz recently used VDC on
the renovation of a client's student dining
facility. The biggest challenge was creating virtual content and coordinating the
renovation while the facility remained inuse. The team provided a solution for this
challenge by using an above-ceiling laser
scan above the ceiling grid and tiles. The
program had the ability to virtually scan
all of the existing above ceiling elements,
allowing Weitz's team to come up with more
economical solutions to potential renovation design and routing issues.
Rahe says Weitz's extension into the Minnesota market is a natural extension of one
of the company's purpose: "Build a better
way." "We are very passionate and believe
in never being complacent," Rahe notes.
"We want to be continuously improving in
everything we do."
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