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Professors, Contractors from All Corners of the Industry Tout the Benefits of Lean Construction Practices.
By Andy Cole
ven following a 10-win season, Michigan State’s football coaching staff is working on a number of ways the Spartans can be quicker, more efficient and just plain better. Across campus, Dr. Tariq Sami Abdelhamid is thinking about the same things…for the construction industry. Dr. Abdelhamid – a professor at Michigan State – is also a research assistant and Academic Forum Chair for the Lean Construction Institute. While the LCI has been in existence since 1997, its beneﬁts to architects, contractors and especially owners have only started to be felt on select projects in the United States in the last few years. The concepts approached by the Lean Construction Institute touch every part of what happens on a jobsite, such as loading trucks in the reverse order of materials needed ﬁrst on a site. While the Lean Construction Express may not be on the track for the entire American construction industry yet, research has shown that those who have jumped on early are reaping the beneﬁts. “Construction’s stuck, the change is necessary and it’s something we’ve been talking about for the last few years and believe very strongly in,” Dr. Abdelhamid said. “It’s a conservative industry, or one we used to say was ‘unhindered by progress’ in the last 50 years. The idea was that, as a contractor, you couldn’t take the risk of trying to change something for the better. “I feel like that mindset’s changing. The way lean worked in the manufacturing industry is where a lot of these tenets were based, and the manufacturing industry is every bit as complicated as construction. At its heart, it’s about doing everything possible to create the best building in the least amount of time for the user. That requires everybody who works any project to buy in.” The idea behind lean involves bringing everyone working on a
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Chicago 2011
Building Chicago 2011
A Message from the Builders Association President
The Green Path to Collaboration
What is The Builders Association?
Economic Incentives of Safety
Index of Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
Building Chicago 2011