Category: Industry Trends

Rethinking Hospital Central Energy Plant Investment: 5 Questions with Kyle Davis

Invisible to patients, staff, and visitors, the Central Energy Plant (CEP) is the beating heart of a hospital campus. With its 24/7/365 distribution of heating, cooling, and power redundancy, a well-operated CEP underpins the treatment of each patient and the success of every caregiver. Despite its critical nature, reinvesting in CEP infrastructure often slips down […]

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  • central energy plant
  • energy savings
  • healthcare
  • infrastructure
  • operations
  • Technology

Future of Construction Project Delivery Will Require Early Intervention, Amplified by Localized Presence

By Eric Groat, Robins & Morton San Antonio Office Leader and Operations Manager Construction, like any other industry, experiences transformational periods, often brought about by technology, innovative processes or changes in conventional thinking. After observing the manufacturing industry’s success with Lean practice implementation, one such period has emerged as construction leaders are adapting those philosophies […]

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  • Eric Groat
  • innovation
  • integrated delivery
  • Lean
  • manufacturing
  • project delivery
  • San Antonio
  • Technology
  • Texas

Authenticity in Historic Preservation: Memphis Central Station Hotel

In April 2017, a small group of developers, architects, and construction managers gathered to walk through the deteriorating Central Station in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. They planned to conduct a routine assessment of the existing condition of the 1914-era building – the first step in what would become a multi-phased restoration of the celebrated but long-neglected […]

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  • AmTrak
  • BGKT Architects
  • Bounds & Gillespie
  • Central Station Hotel
  • Chad Evans
  • City of New Orleans
  • Danny Bounds
  • David Green
  • historic preservation
  • Kemmons Wilson
  • Matt Preisz
  • McLean Wilson
  • Memphis
  • National Park Service
  • Robins & Morton
  • Tennessee
  • Tennessee Historical Commission
  • Tony Bologna

Observing Earth Day Amid COVID-19: Sustainability and Humanity

It’s impossible not to notice that the beginning of spring looks a little different this year. Ball parks, schools, store shelves and restaurants sit empty, while our homes buzz from morning to night with constant activity – becoming a temporary stand-in for workplaces and classrooms. With Earth Day clearly in sight, Robins & Morton’s Sustainability […]

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  • COVID-19
  • Earth Day
  • economic
  • environmental
  • gratitude
  • social
  • Sustainability

Be the Choice, Not an Option

Adapted from the 21st Annual Lean Congress presentation by Superintendent Josh Young (Robins & Morton), Athletic Director Richard Johnson (Wofford College), Assistant Athletic Director of Business and Finance Ryan Price (Wofford College) and Vice President of Operations Dominic Summers (Kirlin-Way) It’s 2019. There’s a significant need for new buildings and money to build them, but […]

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  • basketball stadium
  • Dominic Summers
  • Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium
  • Josh Young
  • Kirlin-Way
  • Richard Johnson
  • Robins & Morton
  • South Carolina
  • Spartanburg
  • teambuilding
  • Wofford College

Leading the Project, Leading the Change

By Robins & Morton Superintendent, Jeff Jones   Culture. It’s a loaded word with powerful long-term results, but it can be tough to create an actionable roadmap from Point A to the pinnacle of cultural excellence. Despite its abstractions, sometimes you get lucky and reach that elusive achievement of cultural harmony, but is it replicable? […]

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  • Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital
  • collaboration
  • continuous improvement
  • Georgia
  • HKS
  • Jeff Jones
  • Lean
  • Macon
  • measurement
  • Missi Upshaw
  • Navicent Health
  • OAC team
  • Robert Christopher-Strayhorn
  • Robins & Morton
  • trust

Lean Congress Live Lab: Quality at the Source

This year,  Lean Construction Institute’s 21st annual Lean Congress rolled out a new feature – Live Labs. In the past, traditional Lean Labs were intended to teach the concept of a Lean tool, but there was a gap between theory and practical application. The Live Lab concept takes the traditional Lean Lab a step further, […]

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  • Bill Stevens
  • Chris Leblanc
  • Christena Holcombe
  • Kevin Robinson
  • Lean Congress
  • Lean Construction Institute
  • quality at the source
  • quality management
  • TechAir

Lean Congress Live Lab: OAC Huddle

By Robins & Morton Senior Project Manager Marshall Scott, Superintendent Josh Farr and Superintendent Josh Young **The below is a summary of Scott, Farr and Young’s Live Lean Lab session on owner, architect, contractor “huddles,” presented at Lean Construction Institute’s 21st annual Lean Congress in mid-October.** Since our first exposure to the Last Planner System®, […]

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  • co-location
  • huddle
  • Josh Farr
  • Josh Young
  • Last Planner System
  • Lean Congress 2019
  • Lean Construction Institute
  • Marshall Scott
  • OAC meetings
  • percent planned complete
  • stand-up meeting
  • variance

Labor Shortage: The Pinch Point Limiting the Construction Industry

According to the US Government’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, the construction industry accounts for approximately 4.1% of the country’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In 2017, that translated to $718 billion in value added to the GDP. That contribution could have been even greater except for an ongoing labor shortage in the construction industry. Construction […]

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  • Aimee Comer
  • construction
  • full-time jobs
  • GDP
  • gross domestic profit
  • median wages
  • US Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • US Governement Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • value added
  • Vice President of People and Development

Construction Ramps Up Recruiting: Creating Career Paths from High School to Life Changers

Faced with the challenge of recruiting qualified workers, the construction industry has expanded avenues for people at different life stages to enter the field in skilled trades, management, technical fields and supporting positions. While the traditional learn-a-trade-and-go-to-work path remains an important avenue into construction jobs, the industry has extended its outreach from high school students […]

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  • Academy of Craft Training
  • ACE Mentor Program of America
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Auburn University
  • Careers in Construction
  • co-operative education program
  • field lab
  • high school students
  • Honor Foundation
  • internships
  • mentorship program
  • veteran construction program
  • Your Grateful Nation
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