The Business Case for Lean and Michigan’s Community of Practice

The construction industry has traditionally relied on anecdotal evidence to suggest how Lean project teams deliver better project outcomes. During a recent presentation, however, Joan Piccariello, director of program development at the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), shared empirical evidence that …

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Construction projects witness reemergence of prefabrication

Prefabrication making a comeback thanks to technology, schedules Prefabrication is making a comeback in the commercial construction industry, and savvy owners and leading-edge construction firms are taking advantage of the many benefits that come with it. The idea of constructing …

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Lean: How the Plus/Delta process helps continuous improvement

As one of the central pillars of Lean construction philosophy, incorporating a culture of continuous improvement is essential if companies are serious about positively impacting overall efficiency. As discussed in this space before, continuous improvement is centered around the idea …

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Leaning into Continuous Improvement

Lean principle helps companies maximize efficiency, reduce waste Most construction managers and owners know that incorporating Lean construction principles has numerous tangible benefits, including reducing waste, improving safety and increasing overall quality. According to some studies, Lean construction projects are …

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Use of Lean principles accelerates Monroe County jail project

Ohio project benefits from Lean principles, technology The flow has started for the entire project. That’s how Granger Construction Project Engineer Evan Schroeder recently described the biggest change that’s been realized by incorporating Lean construction principles on the Monroe County …

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Photo Gallery: Sparrow 5 Foster Pediatric Unit

Granger Construction’s healthcare team recently completed extensive renovations to Sparrow Hospital’s 5 Foster Pediatric Unit in Lansing, Michigan. The $2.6 million project involved removing all architectural finishes down to studs and making improvements to existing utilities. Timely completion was one of …

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Project Update – Sparrow Pediatric Renovation

Lean construction techniques help trim timeline Work by Granger Construction continues on Sparrow Hospital’s 5th Floor Foster Pediatric Renovation project, and, due to the implementation of Lean construction techniques, the schedule has been accelerated by nearly a month. The project …

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Lean construction: two of my favorite techniques

Granger vice president discusses lean construction Earlier this year, I attended a conference hosted by the Lean Construction Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1997, the Lean Construction Institute seeks to improve the construction and design industries through Lean approaches …

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