The new year is a good time to re-examine various approaches to business and determine what methods or processes can be changed to bring about better results. One specific area, as it relates to facility expansion or new construction, is worth serious evaluation. It offers the potential to completely transform conventional construction realities and deliver increased advantages that can be seen almost immediately.
This game changer isn’t new. However, it’s becoming more widely accepted because of its proven speed and cost-efficiency results. It’s the application of lean construction techniques utilizing systems construction and a design-build process.
Old habits and familiar ways of doing things die hard. On the other hand, new thinking and objectivity often lead to previously unforeseen rewards. One perfect example is found in the contrasting mindsets that accompany conventional construction methods versus lean construction practices.
In the former, the project owner, architect and contractor are often involved in on-going, give-and-take discussions in an effort to manage value throughout the design and build process.
In the latter, defined goals, clear expectations and project value are accounted for in the pre-construction phase. So, there’s up-front agreement on exactly what you’re going to get and how it will be achieved. And that’s just the beginning!