Category: Lean

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

The Science of How

By Jeff Palombo, Vice President of Safety Operations at Robins & Morton Human Performance. It’s a phrase you often hear associated with sociological principles, Lean, Six Sigma, airline and automobile industries, along with many other professions and ideologies, but what does it mean? Further, what could it possibly have to do with safety? Simply put, […]

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  • critical steps
  • equity huddles
  • fair accountability
  • Human Performance Approach
  • Lean
  • post-task planning
  • pre-task planning
  • questioning attitude
  • safety
  • self-checking
  • stop work authority
  • team forums

From the Field: Quality at the Source

Every construction team wants to build world-class quality into its project – there should be no question about that. With a relentless focus on quality, projects can save time and money by preventing rework, while ensuring the building remains usable long after the project is complete. It’s true that nothing can replace the importance of […]

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  • craft workers
  • quality
  • quality assurance
  • quality at the source
  • quality control
  • quality management

From the Field: Building Teams

In every industry, especially construction, everything is changing quickly – the technology, the operational impacts because of technology, the expectations, and perhaps most drastically, the workforce. As we look to hire the next generation, retain existing workforce and ensure lasting relationships with the trade contractors that make our work possible, we realize that we have […]

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  • culture
  • Daily Stand-Up Meeting
  • Last Planner System
  • Lean
  • teambuilding

Coffee and Careers

What do coffee and performance reviews have in common?  For Robins & Morton’s Duke University Medical Center team, combining these two things has revamped their entire hourly review process, and even produced new ideas about safety, team building and sharing best practices.   The idea behind a Lean Coffee is that a group, in this scenario […]

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  • collaboration
  • Lean Coffee
  • professional development
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