1400 North 14th Street, 12th Floor
Arlington, VA 22209
Welcome to the Carolina’s Lean Community of Practice. Our Community of Practice was established in 2009 and continues to grow. Our members span North Carolina from the Research Triangle area to Charlotte. Currently our monthly meetings alternate between Charlotte and Raleigh Durham and we hold several all-day training sessions each year in Greensboro, NC. We typically take the month off in July so that members can enjoy their summer vacations! Our long term growth plan is to develop a large enough Practice to consistently hold session in Charlotte and Raleigh each month. Each December, our core group meets to develop a list of topics for presentation in the upcoming year. If there are topics that are of interest to you, please contact David Craft, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Katherine Copeland, email@example.com, and we will do our best to incorporate the topic into the upcoming schedule. If you are involved with a project or company that is implementing Lean design or construction and would like to make a presentation, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your interest in our Community of Practice.
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Merck laid down a challenge to a group of trusted EPCM partners to provide an operational facility that could produce a biopharmaceutical product within 24 months that had originally been benchmarked at 37 months. CRB, a leading design and construction firm in the industry, stepped up to join Merck in this journey. CRB and Merck teamed up to try some unique project delivery methods with goals to allow project acceleration with minimal risk. Join us as we share this lean delivery story and talk to the tools used to deliver this fast-tracked $120MM project.
Mike Barrett -CRB– Mike is a project manager and engineer with more than 15 years of experience in engineering and facilities design for the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. His project knowledge covers design and installation of biotech and pharma facilities, including upstream and downstream processing, cell & gene therapy technologies, process utility systems, plant utility systems, CGMP process systems and construction of CGMP facilities.
Carl Rohs – CRB – Carl is an experienced account manager overseeing capital construction projects for the pharmaceutical, biological, pulp/paper, food and water/wastewater industries. Projects have ranged in value from small capital scope to over $100MM in total installed cost. Experience includes rapid and continuous levels of project execution responsibilities serving in key management positions.
Sarah Gadbois – Merck – Sarah is a project engineer with 12 years of progressive project experience on the owner and supplier side of the business. Sarah has over one year of active, hands-on experience implementing numerous lean design and construction tools and techniques. She has helped drive the use of lean tools on projects at various stages in planning and design through construction.
Attendance is free of charge. (Registration Required)
This event is Sponsored by CRB
Drinks and heavy hor d’oeuvres will be provided
Join us for a Lean Coffee to learn and support each other in our Lean endeavors! Take part in an open conversation in a safe, small and low-pressure environment about the topics that are relevant to our Lean community. We want to hear about the problems you are solving, the issues you want to solve, and lessons you’ve learned on your Lean Journey. No previous Lean experience is required.
Participants from cross functional roles as designers, constructors, owners, trades partners, and associations propose discussion topics around any subject about which they want to learn – THERE ARE NO IRRELEVANT DISCUSSION TOPICS! Each proposer takes 15 to 30 seconds to pitch their topic, written on a sticky note, to the group. Once all topics have been pitched, voting begins to establish a priority for discussing the topics. Topics are then ordered from highest to lowest votes and examined accordingly. Participants will receive 8 minutes of time to discuss the topic. After 8 minutes there will be a ‘thumbs up/ thumbs down’ to decide whether or not the discussion should continue. Thumbs up equals 4 more minutes on the clock. This happens until it is agreed that the topic has been discussed to satisfaction. Takeaways are considered and then the topic with the next largest amount of votes is addressed. Come as you are and be ready to learn.
Attendance is free of charge.
Parking is by permit. Please registration for this event and we will send you a parking permit for the day before the event.