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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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