Building owners are transforming the construction industry with the increased adoption of a Lean Integrated Project Delivery (LIPD) approach. According to Southland Industries’ Business Development Lead Andrew Rhodes, the foundation for a successful IPD team starts by adopting a collaborative and transparent approach that consistently delivers increased value to the owner. “We make decisions based on what adds value to the project, and not what’s best for ourselves,” Rhodes explains.
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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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