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Achieving Transformational Results Through Collaboration

Thursday, May 07, 2015

LCI-Chicago Community of Practice

Achieving Transformational Results Through Collaboration - The Center for Advanced Care at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Location: Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
900 West Nelson Street
Chicago, IL  60657

On-site parking is discouraged - please plan to use public transportation if at all possible.

     Over the last few years, Advocate Healthcare System has embarked upon a journey of transformation. A key part in this journey addresses the manner in which AHC designs and delivers capital construction projects. Opening in April 2015, the Center for Advanced Care at Advocate Illinois Masonic is the latest manifestation of their process. The Center for Advanced Care is a 165,000 gsf ambulatory care building and includes surgery, cancer care and digestive health programs.

     By working together even before being awarded the project, the team of SmithGroupJJR, Turner Construction, Thornton Thomasetti, & KJWW embraced the Principles of Lean and committed to an integrated process to bring Advocate's vision to life. Hear Al Manshum, VP Facilities & Construction for Advocate Health Care and Kalman Szucs, Project Manager for Advocate Health Care share their thoughts and  insights on AHC's journey towards Integrated Lean Project Delivery and the role that the CAC played in that journey.   Then tour the building the building with members of the Design and Construction Team.

     Tour guides will include representatives from: SmithGroupJJR (Architect), Thornton Thomasetti (Structural Engineering), KJWW (MEP/FP Engineering), Turner Construction (Construction Manager),  Mechanical Inc. (Design Assist Trade Partner), Huen Electric (Design Assist Trade Partner), FE Moran (Design Assist Trade Partner) and Architectural Glassworks (Design Assist Trade Partner).

  •  An informational networking session will follow the program from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, around the corner at Matilda's - 3101 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL  60657.

  • Space is limited to 70 - please register early!


$75 = LCI / AGC / AIA / COAA Member
$85 = Non-Member
$55 = Faculty Member
$20 = Students


Integration of Technology & Pre-Fabrication Manufacturing for Interior Construction

Thursday, February 12, 2015

LCI-Chicago CoP

Integration of Technology & Pre-Fabricated Manufacturing for Interior Construction

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Time: 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Location: Hill Mechanical Corp.
3201 N. Wolf Road
Franklin Park, IL  60131

Session Attendees will gain firsthand knowledge of production systems, work structuring, prefabrication and modular construction, and supply chain efficiency for the design and manufacture of prefabricated bathrooms and modular walls.  The session will cover all aspects of manufacturing of the modular components including: preconstruction and BIM; manufacturing, supply chain, and quality control; and installation.  Attendees will view the BIM model and gain understanding that by leveraging today’s technology, the integration of information doesn’t need to just live with the client and architect but can be used to create a visual reference that all sub trades can use and communicates directly to the manufacturing floor for exact fabrication. Tour the manufacturing facility, and see modular bathrooms and walls in varying stages of completion.  Metrics associated with schedule and costs savings over a traditional construction approach will also be reviewed.

Proposed presenter(s):

Donald Flight, Group Vice President, Hill Mechanical
Anthony Camasta, General Manager, Hill Mechanical
Larry Arndt, General Manager-Healthcare, Mortenson Construction
Chris Matus, Regional Director, DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Ron Holtz, Senior Superintendent, Power Construction


Donald Flight is a Group Vice President of Construction who leads one of three construction teams that primarily focuses on healthcare and higher education clients. Donald also oversees the plumbing division for the company since 2012. Donald began his career with the company in 1986 working during summer breaks in the tool room and loading/unloading delivery trucks. During his four-(4) years of college, Donald worked in the office in an internship performing material take-off for estimates, CAD sheet metal and piping drawings and running heating and cooling loads for design / build projects

Anthony Camasta is the General Manager, Construction for The Hill Group.  He joined the company in 2006 as a Project Engineer.  As a Project Engineer he managed projects such as: Equinix Chicago – CH3, Morningstar at Block 37, Museum of Science and Industry Central Plant and Science Storms Exhibit, Takeda Pharmaceutical Building III, and Carle Hospital in Urbana, IL.  In 2013, he transitioned to his current role to focus on management and integration of the Fabrication Shops, the newly structured Virtual Construction Group, and modular construction projects.  Managing these departments allows for involvement with all preconstruction portions of projects; strengthening communication, bringing consistency, adding efficiency, and improving standardization between these internal operation groups.

Larry Arndt is the General Manager of Healthcare and a member of the leadership team for Mortenson Construction in their Chicago office. Larry's responsibilities include: project acquisition, relationship management, preconstruction, construction and business development activities, healthcare market leadership, profit and loss oversight and group staffing. Larry has a plethora of experience in complex healthcare projects, totaling over $900 million in construction. He has worked with many of the leading Illinois hospital systems to advance their mission and sustain their growth. Larry has also worked on two research teams focusing on Sustainable Design & Construction in Capital Projects and Entrepreneurial Culture within an Organization - Perspective, Obstacles, and Processes.  

Chris Matus started in the interior custom design construction world back in 1994 growing a start-up company to 15 Million dollars in annual revenue.  With Chris coming from that world of client centric design, this knowledge has transferred to DIRTT where he is part of  constructing interior spaces using pre-engineered lean practices reaching to current sales of 200 Million. 

Ron Holtz is a Senior Superintendent with Power Construction in Chicago, Illinois.  Most Recently, Ron oversaw the modular fabrication of the Bathroom Pods at the Hill Group Facility for the Advocate Christ Project.  This project consisted of the fabrication of 100 modular bathroom PODs in five-(5) different configurations.   Ron helped oversee seven-(7) different subcontractor trades, who were also subcontracted on the main project, in the modular fabrication which was completed in under 4 months and ahead of the required jobsite delivery schedule. Ron was responsible for coordination with the on-site concrete subcontractor and delivery/installation of the modular bathrooms on the project. Ron also was the superintendent for the interior finish trades on the Christ Bed Tower project.

The Presentation will be held in the Hill Group Shops and broken into 4 separate individual hands on break-out sessions where the participants will get a close up look at the actual production process of modular bathroom Pods being fabricated for the Advocate Good Shepard Project.     Additionally, a Modular Interior wall section will be on display and the fabrication process and benefits discussed

Break-Out Session #A: 

Modular Bathroom Preconstruction

  • BIM Modeling
  • Pull Scheduling for Manufacturing Process
  • Identification of type/grouping of bathroom pods
  • Coordination with structure
  • Coordination with architect – confirmation of dimensions between pod types/groups

Break-Out Session #B: 

Modular Bathroom Construction

  • Facility Requirements
  • Hands on Review of Construction Process
  • Quality Control
  • Construction Metrics
  • Manpower loading

Break- Out Session #C: 

Modular Bathroom Jobsite Installation

  • Jobsite Requirements  
  • Union Trade Jurisdiction Issues
  • Equipment
  • Durations         
  • Pod Setting Demonstration

Break- Out Session #D: 

Modular Interior Wall

  • Introduction via Power Point the current linear process of construction
  • Active Software Presentation
  • Construction cost model review.



$75 = LCI / AGC / AIA / COAA Member
$85 = Non-Member
$55 = Faculty Member
$20 = Students


De-Mystifying the Integrated Form of Agreement

Thursday, November 13, 2014

LCI-Chicago CoP

De-Mystifying the Integrated Form of Agreement

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Time: 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Location: Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP
191 North Wacker Drive
Suite 3700
Chicago, IL  60606

Learn how the Integrated Form of Agreement (IFOA) binds the Architect and Contractor together under a single contract with the Owner to support more collaborative and effective project delivery.  Presenters will share insight and experience with the IFOA over the last ten years on multiple projects that represent nearly $2 billion of work.

Proposed presenter(s):

Paul Reiser, The Boldt Company
Ryan Yoho, The Boldt Company
Randy Haak, The Boldt Company
Justin Weisberg, Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Paul Reiser serves as an Executive Vice President at The Boldt Company with responsibilities that focus on innovative project delivery and construction solutions. He has past experience as the Project Executive on one of the largest integrated projects in the country. Paul has served on the Board of Directors of the Lean Construction Institute and has been instrumental working with LCI in developing the application of Lean principles and processes on projects since 1999.

As project manager Ryan Yoho’s responsibilities begin with the initial project planning and carry through from the startup to completion. He was a key player in one of Boldt’s largest healthcare projects, where his skills were tested and proven in the company’s innovative new methods of project delivery. Ryan’s involvement in the $700 million project was being there to ensure that separate teams on multiple jobs delivered using Boldt’s trademarked, Integrated Lean Project Delivery (ILPD®) method.

As General Counsel at Boldt, Randy Haak negotiates construction contracts, handles construction mediation, and manages litigation and arbitration. Randy has extensive experience in the ILPD™ process and in negotiating ILPD™ contracts with owners, design professionals and trade partners in the United States and Canada. He has also consulted with the AGC to update the ConsensusDoc 300 Standard Multi-Party Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Agreement. Before joining Boldt he was in private practice focused on Construction Law and served as a mediator of construction claims. 

Justin Weisberg is a Partner at Arnstein & Lehr LLP’s Chicago office and serves as Chair of the firm’s Construction Law Group. Justin focuses his practice on construction law, insurance coverage, and commercial litigation and represents private, public, local, and international clients in a variety of construction-related transactions and litigation matters. He has been published and has spoken extensively on the subject of construction for a number of legal and industry professional societies and associations. 

Part 1: Presentation

IFOA Overview:
Review of IFOA Sections and Relevance to Integrated Project Delivery

▪ Project Fundamentals
   -  Owner Value Definition
   -  Lean Project Delivery

• Integrated Project Delivery Team
   -  Team Purpose, Structure & Standard of Care

▪ Project Leadership/Core Team

▪ Trade Partners & Consultants
   -  Early Involvement
   -  Integrated Design and Detailing
   -  Shared Risk and Reward

▪ Preconstruction Collaboration & Integration
  -  Behavior/Meetings/Scope of Preconstruction Services

▪ Project Planning & Scheduling
  -  Last Planner System®

▪ Owner Provided information
  -  Business Case, Legal Requirements, Responsibility Matrix

▪ Target Value Design
  -  Designing to the Target Cost

▪ Development of Design
  -  Pull Based Design & Production
  -  Role of CM/GC & Trade Partners

▪ Value Engineering & Constructability

▪ Integrated Financial Management
  -  Estimated Maximum Price
  -  At-Risk Pool

▪ Construction Delivery & Execution

▪ Special Considerations
  -  Insurance, Limits of Liability, Warranty, Audits, Bonds, Indemnity

Part 2: Question & Answer
A Panel with Legal and Practical Experience in IFOA Contracting will answer questions.

Part 3: Path Forward & Table Talk
Participants will discuss at their tables, and then share major points regarding the advantages
and challenges of working within an Integrated Form of Agreement.


$75 = LCI / AGC / AIA / COAA Member or guest
$85 = Non-Member
$55 = Faculty Member
$20 = Students


Maximizing Client Value through Project Collaboration: Best Practices & Lessons Learned

Thursday, August 14, 2014

LCI-Chicago CoP

Maximizing Client Value through Project Collaboration: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014

Time: 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Location: Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP
191 North Wacker Drive
Suite 3700
Chicago, IL  60606

Palos Community Hospital, located south of Chicago in Palos Heights, IL, recently embarked on a massive expansion of a 400,000 SF, seven-story tower that modernized the decades-old facility to make life easier for staff and patients.  Currently under construction, the second phase of the project will include conversion of semi-private rooms to private rooms, which is expected to be done by 2016. The hospital will end up with 433 patient beds.

The project team will provide a dynamic, in-depth discussion based on best practices and insights learned from this massive healthcare project.  They will explore the benefits and challenges and identify different ways the team found continuous process improvements. Learn “why” and discuss “how” the team chose to utilize Lean tools.  Illustrations of activities, photos and BIM examples will be showcased, coupled with insights into how the team overcame challenges they encountered along the way.

Panel members include:

John Scarano – Palos Community Hospital – Owner

Bill Rudd – MCA – Architect

Pete Todd – Boldt Consulting – Owner’s Rep


Mark Akers - For 20 years, Mark has been putting his construction expertise to work for clients across the Midwest, specializing in the construction of healthcare, laboratory and medical office projects.  Mark has been with Pepper Construction since 1996, and is currently leading the collaborative team at Palos Community Hospital as they modernize the campus to serve future generations.  In addition to leading the construction process, Mark adds his years of knowledge to the preconstruction process, maximizing value at every opportunity. 

Some of Mark’s other notable projects include:  Loyola University Medical Center Hospital Expansion and The Bellevue Hospital replacement in Bellevue, Ohio.  Mark earned his bachelor’s of science degree in Building Construction and Contracting from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana.


3:00 – 3:15 Registration
3:15 – 5:15 Presentation
5:15 – 6:00 Open Discussion and Q&A
6:00 – 7:00 Networking & Cocktail Hour


$75 = LCI / AGC / AIA / COAA Member or guest
$85 = Non-Member
$55 = Faculty Member
$20 = Students


BP: Implementing Lean Construction Methods at the Whiting Refinery

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Learn how British Petroleum (BP) successfully implemented numerous Lean techniques in a complex environment that largely involves revamp work on live operating units. Whiting Refinery is located just south of Chicago near the Indiana border. The site processes over 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day and has over 20 active construction sites at any given point in time. The refinery had a history of ad hoc planning that resulted in countless starts and stops and negatively impacted productivity and performance. The Capital Projects Group had not hit an annual spend target in more than five years. Then, in 2010, BP became committed to changing their performance. To achieve their goals, they implemented several Lean techniques, including make ready work tools, pull planning, and weekly work planning, and began measuring their performance using Percent Plan Complete (PPC) and earned value. Their commitment to Lean paid off – in 2012, the Capital Project Group hit their annual spend target the first time in more than five years. Furthermore, they achieved a 17% improvement in their Schedule Performance Index and have experienced an average PPC of 74%. Learn more about BP’s amazing Lean journey that resulted in significant improvements during the first two years that Lean techniques were implemented.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

"Executive Summary of Lean Construction"

Thursday, March 22, 2012

"Intro to Lean and Possibilities"

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