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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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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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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Lean Methodology for Contractors

At Southland, Nutt explains, our first move is to ask our people how we as a company can help them. “This applies everywhere but specifically, as a plumbing contractor, I have to ask the people who perform the particular tasks that are related to a plumbing contract and learn how to improve from the people who are doing the work,” Nutt said.

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