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Institutional By Robert Sniegowski IS YOUR COMPANY LEAN? W inning a prestigious contract, developing a faster process to complete a critical task, or inventing an attachment for a machine that dramatically increases productivity are the home runs of the construction world. These game-changing events are the result of creativity, effort and investment. No matter how long you have been in the construction business, you know you don’t win every contract you compete for, and not every job earns the margin estimated. Other business challenges include faster processes being quickly adopted by your competition, and inventions not working work as envisioned. How will your company sustain its 98 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013 growth and profitability in the post-recession economy? How will you differentiate yourself from the competition? “Lean construction” is a frequent topic in major construction journals and publications. You only need to Google it to see that many wellknown construction companies such as JE Dunn, M.A. Mortensen, Turner and many others promote its use on their websites. The term “lean” was coined by John Krafcik in the 1988 article, “Triumph of the Lean Production System,” published by MITSloan Management Review. The principles of lean production come from the efforts to rebuild the Japanese manufacturing industry following the devastation of World War II. With limited natural resources and a decimated workforce, eliminating waste was essential to Japan’s post-war economy. In his 2004 book, “The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer,” Jeffrey Liker describes how Toyota’s culture focuses on the elimination of waste and improving the “flow” or transition from one operation to the next. Another key figure in the develop- http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - January/February 2013
Case Studies
Best Practices
Business Management
Green Construction
Construction Materials
Consigli Construction – Wat Nawamintararachutis NMR Meditation Center Thai Buddhist Temple
The Michaels Organization – University Student Living
Clark Builders – The Mustard Seed
JC Beal Construction Inc.
Plaza Construction – ENV
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
Batson-Cook Construction – SkyHouse Orlando
Billingsley – Cypress Water Dallas
Jon M. Hall Co.
Pratt Homebuilders
John Moriarty and Associates – Charlesview Residences at Brighton Mills
Daikin America – Plant Expansion Project
Morton Buildings
MSI General Corp.
ClearSpan Fabric Structures
TOPCOR Companies LLC
Coatings Unlimited Inc.
Brencal Contractors Inc.
Del’s Construction Co. Inc. – Cambria Production Facility Expansion
Paric Corp.
Archer Western – Consolidated Courts Complex
Tishman Construction
McCarthy Building Cos. – Mercy Hospital Joplin
University of Maryland Medical System – Trauma Center Expansion
Swinerton Builders – San Joaquin Community Hospital Cancer Center
The Lemoine Company – Lafayette General Medical Center expansion
L.F. Driscoll – Temple University
P. Agnes
FIP Construction Inc.
National Lutheran Communities and Services – The Village at Rockville
Carothers Construction Inc. – Special Operations Command South Headquarters
The Hillman Group
Taylor Woodstone
Tooz Construction Inc.
Woolley’s Classic Suites
Structure Tone – Novo Nordisk Inc. North American headquarters
Gilbane Building Co. – Potawatomi Bingo Casino hotel
Pacific Building Group
Denark Construction – Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Events Center
Traylor Bros. Inc.
Bobcat Contracting LLC
Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.
Union County and KemperSports – Galloping Hill Golf Course Clubhouse and Learning Center
E.L. Robinson Engineering
INDOT: 1-69 Corridor
Palmetto Corp
Monroe Tractor
Wood's CRW Corp.
Last Look

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