How Lean Construction Methods are Shaping the Future

Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Adopted as a response to customer and supply chain dissatisfaction with the building industry, Lean project delivery methods seek to manage a project through relationships, shared knowledge and common goals in order to break down the traditional silos associated with construction. The results of this approach produce significant improvements in scheduling, in reducing waste and ultimately result in better overall project delivery and increased value to the owner. In a recent article, Erin Miller, Design Engineer for Southland Industries’ Mid-Atlantic division, takes an in-depth look at the ways lean practices can positively impact the future of building engineering and construction.

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The Blueprint

Andrew Tranovich

Building information modeling and lean principles have helped teams maximize production value while improving project coordination. Andrew Tranovich, senior project manager at Southland Industries, recently sat down with Engineered Systems to discuss lean construction, augmented reality, the firm’s work at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, and more. Southland’s use of BIM has been helpful in its recent tenant improvement project at a 760,000-square-foot San Francisco building, Tranovich said.

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LCI Los Angeles and Orange County Community of Practice

Monday, November 18, 2019 – 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM PST
Garden Grove, CA

Southland Industries

Designers, constructors, owners, and trade partners from across the region will meet Nov. 18 for LCI Los Angeles/Orange County CoP’s Lean Coffee event, an open conversation in a low-pressure environment about the topics that are relevant to the Lean community. The event will be held in The Quad, a collaborative big room space inside Southland Industries’ Southern California division, to propose discussion topics around problems in the industry and the lessons learned along the way in embracing the Lead methodology.

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The Department of Energy’s $47M Investment Signals Impending Change for MEP Providers

Consulting-Specifying Engineer

In April, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies 2019 Funding Opportunityfor $47 million. Anthony Roner, Vice President of Southland Energy, provides his insight into how these areas of focus for the DOE match up with the changing priorities Southland Energy is seeing in the industry. “This investment is hugely beneficial in that it brings customers’ attention to areas where they can improve energy and operational efficiency,” said Roner.

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Procore & ENR Webinar Series: Lean IPD Strategies from the Subcontractor Perspective

Thursday, November 7, 2019 – 14:00 EST

The Engineering News-Record and Procore teams will meet online with several suppliers and subcontractors on Nov. 7 to discuss construction initiatives with their free webinar series. The event includes Southland Industries’ Andrew Rhodes, Business Development Lead, who will lead a discussion on “Lean IPD Strategies from the Subcontractor Perspective,” focused on best practices to implement on IPD projects, plus concepts or technologies you can use to boost teamwork and efficiency within any project delivery method.

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Design-Build Conference & Expo 2019

Wednesday, November 5, 2019 – Friday, November 8, 2019

Las Vegas, NV
Caesar’s Palace

#DBIACON

This year’s Design-Build Conference and Expo seeks to provide innovative learning formats and engaging spaces that foster knowledge exchanges to allow for the alignment of education to your personal learning level, need, and interests. With a jam-packed schedule including the hottest design-build topics, trends and innovations, the conference will give participants a personal tour of the impressive work underway at the Las Vegas Raiders Stadium as well as some new ideas on how to implement Design-Build on any project that might need a fresh perspective. Topics include BIM standards, Asset Management, Design Management, innovations in Project Delivery, Lean methodology, MEP systems, and many more. Visit us at booth 333.

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LCI Honors Southland Industries’ Victor Sanvido with Pioneer Award

October 21, 2019

Arlington, VA

The Lean Construction Institute (LCI) recently honored Victor Sanvido, Senior Vice President at Southland Industries, with the Pioneer Award at its 21stAnnual LCI Congress in Fort Worth, Texas.

A dedicated advocate of LCI and the Lean community for over 20 years, Sanvido has been extraordinarily influential in encouraging some of the country’s most progressive owners to effectively implement Lean processes. With a PhD in civil engineering and extensive studies in project delivery, he has proven himself uniquely qualified to assist and consult with owners on the best methods of approaching design and construction projects.

“Victor Sanvido’s contributions to LCI and the Lean community over an extended period are unparalleled,” said Dan Heinemeier, Executive Director of LCI. “He has made LCI a much stronger and more influential organization than we otherwise would have been, and he has impacted our industry for the better by helping project teams coast-to-coast to see and eliminate waste and enhance value for the owners they serve. We could not have chosen a more worthy recipient of this year’s Pioneer Award.”

About Lean Construction Institute:Founded in 1997, LCI is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with a vision to transform the built environment through Lean implementation. With common language, fundamental principles and basic practices, LCI aims to increase stakeholder satisfaction and project delivery value. The design and construction industry’s productivity level has remained nearly stagnant in 50 years as other industries thrive, but LCI sets out to improve the industry by facilitating continuous education through their Transforming Design and Construction book series, Lean instructional training courses and the annual LCI Congress and Design Forum. LCI advocates for using a variety of tools and techniques that help promote collaborative planning, waste elimination and work-site safety. For more information, please visit www.leanconstruction.org.

ENR 2019 Top 600 Specialty Contractors: How Long Will the Boom Last?

The trend toward alternative project delivery is continuing to accelerate, and most contractors– but not all – are beginning to worry that the market may be on the decline. Ted Lynch, CEO of Southland Industries, says that many overstretched contractors end up looking for mergers and acquisitions as an exit strategy when they get into trouble from too much work. Large specialty contractors like Southland Industries know that the market has the potential to grow in FY2020, and among the Top 600 Specialty Contractors, Southland is proud to be ranked #17 and currently occupies the #4 spot on the Top 50 Mechanical list.

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Santa Maria planning to add more sports fields, but project isn’t a hit with everyone

KEYT//SANTA MARIA, CALIF. –To meet the demand of an active and healthy lifestyle, the Californian city of Santa Maria reached out to the local community and heard the need for their public parks to have more field space and increased field time with adequate lighting for soccer and other sports. Southland Energy and PG&E are partners on the lighting of the new project, working with the Santa Maria City Council on a plan to keep the fields open later after 5 p.m. “We’re talking about a multi-million dollar project citywide,” said Recreation and Parks Director Alex Posada. “This will allow us to become more energy efficient and use the savings from that energy efficiency at our facilities to pay back the cost of the project.

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