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 […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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? […]Continue Reading
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, […]Continue Reading
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®, […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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