Category: Industry Trends

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

The Connected Hospital: Low Voltage Technology Meets High Demand

Personalized, digital health advances are top-of-mind priorities among hospital chief information officers (CIOs), according to a report in Healthcare IT News. During a 2018 focus group organized by the not-for-profit healthcare organization the Scottsdale Institute, 80% of the gathered healthcare CIOs cited digital health expansion and its related patient experience improvements as their most important […]

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  • connected hospital
  • data
  • Florida
  • healthcare
  • infrastructure
  • low voltage
  • Miami
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center

Keeping Up With the Class of 2018

On July 12, Robins & Morton graduated its second class from the Rocky McMichen Field Leadership Program, a 15-month combination classroom and hands-on course focused on career progression for craft level employees who wish to move into a management role. Eight graduates stood before co-workers, families, and friends, and accepted promotions into foreman or assistant […]

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  • Alabama
  • Anniston
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Beverly Knight Olson
  • Boise
  • Brunswick
  • craft employees
  • Deltona
  • Florida
  • Foreman
  • Georgia
  • graduates
  • Halifax Health
  • Idaho
  • Macon
  • Midland
  • Regional Medical Center
  • Rocky McMichen Field Leadership Program
  • Texas
  • trainees
  • Treasure Valley Hospital

Price Volatility, Tariffs Offer a Wakeup Call for New Collaborations

Owners, contractors, and designers face increasing headwinds as we cope with rising construction costs. Compounding the demand-side effects of an industrywide workforce shortage and material cost inflation is the supply-chain uncertainty of new trade tariffs. While impossible to forecast the full consequence of these combined economic disruptors, we can predict that the cost of building […]

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  • collaboration
  • Lean
  • material inflation
  • project delivery
  • tariffs
  • volatility

Prefabrication 2.0: Resetting the Construction Supply Chain

Once dismissed by skeptics as a risky idea destined to diminish construction quality, prefabrication is now universally embraced as an industry best practice. Companies in all building sectors are investing in it, clients are intrigued by its savings potential, and the field staff is integrating it in ways that will forever change the traditional supply […]

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  • Charleston
  • Florida
  • Miami
  • offsite prefabrication
  • prefabrication
  • South Carolina
  • supply chain management
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