New York State (LeanNY)

LCI New York State Community of Practice

Welcome to the New York State (LeanNY) Community of Practice (CoP) website!

  • LeanNY’s mission is to support the continuous improvement of project delivery in New York State. Our regional focus includes the Hudson Valley, Central and Western New York . Our CoP serves public and private sector Owners involved with key segments of the New York economy: Health Care; Education; Research; and, Advanced Manufacturing.
  • LeanNY supports our CoP with targeted programs and learning events from Buffalo to Albany. Our “Lean Happy Hours” are dynamic sessions where facility managers, architects, owners, construction managers, developers, program managers, engineers and all project stakeholders exchange best practices and challenge the status quo.
  • The design, construction and development industry has reached a watershed moment. The confluence of demographic change, technology and a lingering frustration with traditional methods has made likely a disruptive transition in project delivery. LeanNY intends to play a guiding role as we move toward a new paradigm.

Join us as we build a LeanNY CoP open to everyone who cares about how the built environment is achieved. For more information on how to become involved, please contact Sam Spata at

Core Group for LeanNY Capital Region as currently constituted:

  • Leader – Steven Thompson, GLOBALFOUNDRIES (Owner)
  • Vice Leader – Sam Spata, MethodLean (Consultant)
  • Events Leader – Jen Robbins, Turner (CM)
  • Outreach – Joe Hogan, AGC (Professional Association)
  • Event Champion- Joe Gross, Gross Electric (Trade)
  • Event Champion – Paul Moyer, Pike (CM)
  • Event Champion – Rami Saleh, GLOBALFOUNDRIES (Owner)
  • Event Champion – Tom Shannon, Danforth (Trade)
  • Event Champion – John Tobin, EYP (A+E)
  • Event Champion – Chris Walton, TFS (Trade)

LCI New York State (LeanNY) Community of Practice UPCOMING Events

When to do IPD? Panel Discussion (New York State CoP) @ GlobalFoundries
Dec 12 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm


LCI New York State Community of Practice


When to do IPD? Panel Discussion 

Join us to hear from our panel of local NY capital district construction owners, CM’s and trade contractors who will be contributing their real world examples of what it takes to execute an IPD Project. The panel will be sharing their experience on a recent IPD project and outlining the differences in IPD vs. traditional construction delivery methods. Attendees will learn how to use this compelling information as a call to action, and a way to change their current project mindset for the better. They will leave the event with an understanding of how IPD contracting methods are executed from through the eye of the owner, CM and trade contractors.

Steven Thompson, GLOBALFOUNDRIES Director of Facilities, Design and Construction will facilitate the panel discussion comprised of Joe Gross (Gross Elect Inc.), Brian Dantz (Zones Nfrastructure), Jason Beach (GLOBALFOUNDRIES), Mark Leonard (Total Facility Solutions), Paul Petramalie (FPI Mechanical), Christian DeLollo (Performance Contracting Inc.) and Kyle Price (Work Wide Professional Solutions). Audience and attendee participation is welcomed! As an attendee please come prepared with any questions you may have regarding the execution of IPD projects. Below you will find a short list of example questions that will be used throughout the panel discussion.

-What type or size project is best suited for and IPD/IFOA contracting strategy?
-What does it take for a company to provide earned value data and cost tracking on an IPD/IFOA project vs. a traditional project?
-What are the biggest risk to a contractor/owner/CM in terms of execution of an IPD/IFOA Project?
-What was the greatest lesson you learned from executing an IPD/IFOA Program?


Brian Dantz – Zones Nfrastructure -Leader of the Mission Critical Construction group: part of the services division of Zones. Our focus is to provide the Advanced Manufacturing and Construction industries with a premier solution for turnkey Electrical, Telecommunications, Life Safety and Security.
Mark Leonard – Total Facilities Solutions -Sr. Project Manager 
Paul Petramale -FPI Mechanical– Project executive 
Christian DeLollo – Performance Contracting Incorporated -Project Manager 
Joseph P Gross – Gross Electric Inc. – Owner of Gross Electric Inc.

Registration Rate:

Flat Rate $25.00



UPCOMING National LCI Events

WEBINAR: Introduction to the Last Planner System® @ webinar
Dec 6 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

In this webinar we will cover introductory level information to give attendees an understanding of the Last Planner System® for Construction, how each element of LPS® is implemented by a project team, and how all elements work together to provide a complete framework for a team based collaborative production management and continuous improvement system.  The webinar is intended for individuals who have some basic understanding of Lean construction principles and who would like to learn more specifically about the Last Planner System® and the pull planning process.

The Last Planner System®, one of the hallmark collaborative planning tools supporting Lean design/construction projects, has been shown to streamline the collaborative scheduling process, increase plan reliability and productivity throughout multiple disciplines, and provide a common platform for continuous improvement of the planning process. Understanding of the Last Planner System® is invaluable to firms and individuals progressing on their Lean journey.


Christian Pikel, Principal – The ReAlignment Group

CP Headshot copyChristian Pikel, managing principal and senior coach with The ReAlignment Group, brings a unique insight and novel approach to Lean/IPD coaching for teams and organizations, defined by a diverse career spanning two decades in the design and construction industry as design/build trade manager, preconstruction and project developer, and serial builder owner.  This is coupled with Christian’s ten years of experience as practitioner and student of Lean construction and engagement with over 25 IPD projects in roles of collaborator, leader and coach.

Most recently, Assistant Director in Design & Construction for a major national healthcare network, Christian has been integrating project teams from initial team member selection through all phases of project delivery, while supporting internal development of process improvement practices and improving organizational learning behaviors.  Christian is based in the Washington, DC area and travels nationally and internationally to support project team, companies and organizations on their Lean/IPD journeys.

His expertise includes:

  • Facilitation, training and coaching for Lean capital project development
  • Lean design and construction implementation
  • Integrated Project Delivery training, strategy, team formation & integration
  • Visual management, cost benchmarking and organizational dashboard implementation
  • LCI Instructor:
    • Introduction to Lean Design & Construction
    • Last Planner System® (Construction and Design)
    • Effective Big Room Management
    • Target Value Delivery
  • CoreClarity™ Certified Facilitator and Strengths Coach
  • Scrum Alliance™ Certified Scrum Master

Registration for this webinar will close an hour before the webinar starts and you will receive an email with the webinar registration link within 24 hours of registering. 

Please use the registration link email to add this webinar to your calendar. If you are not able to attend the webinar due to time zone misunderstandings, no refunds are given – there are no exceptions!

**This webinar will be recorded and a link will be sent to all paid registrants**


WEBINAR: Principles of Target Value Delivery (TVD) @ webinar
Dec 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Staying within the allowable budget and ensuring the team’s innovation decreases waste and increases value to the customer are attributes of successful project delivery and can be achieved through Target Value Delivery (TVD). TVD is a disciplined management practice with several phases (Business Case Planning, Validation, Value Delivery and Value Post Construction) meant to be applied holistically to obtain maximum value. The phases of TVD can be supplemented by core components like team organization, Big Room, project planning, cost modeling, continuous estimating and conceptual design. Take the first step in your journey towards mastering each of the TVD phases and all of the core components in this 90-minute webinar.

Learning Objectives:
•     Describe attributes of a team culture required to support TVD
•     Understand how to align project deliverables with customer-defined value
•     Define the major phases in the TVD process and how they relate


Julie Glassmeyer – Owner, Glassmeyer Construction Consulting & Coaching LLC

JulieGlassmeyerFor the past 17 years, Glassmeyer has been employing, facilitating, and coaching Lean Design & Construction principles. She draws on her 25+ years of experience in commercial construction planning and management to support project teams in achieving successful Lean implementation.

Glassmeyer holds a BS in Construction Management from the University of Cincinnati, and served as an Adjunct Professor at Cincinnati State and UC.

Registration for this webinar will close one hour before the webinar starts and you will receive an email with the webinar registration link within 24 hours of registering. If you register the day of, you will receive your confirmation an hour before the start of the webinar.

Please use the registration link email to add this webinar to your calendar. If you are not able to attend the webinar due to time zone misunderstandings, no refunds are given – there are no exceptions!

**This webinar will be recorded and a link will be sent to all paid registrants**

AGC Picture1 1.5 CM-Lean CE Credit | AGC of America recognizes “Principles of Target Value Delivery (TVD)” as qualifying for continuing education hours towards the renewal of AGC’s Certificate of Management-Lean Construction (CM-Lean). Each hour of educational content is equal to 1 hour of CE credit. Attendees may earn up to 1.5 hours of CE Credit by attending this webinar.

LCIs New York State (LeanNY) Community of Practice PAST Events

Lean Brew (New York State CoP)

October 21, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Challenges of a Multifaceted IPD Program (New York State CoP)

September 19, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Lean Brew – Optimizing Design Delivery (New York State CoP)

July 15, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Better Building – Lean Practice for the Project-Driven Organization (New York State CoP)

June 11, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

A Lean Coffee (LeanNY) (New York State CoP)

May 14, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

IPD in Action: The Alfond Center for Health Success Story(New York State CoP)

April 16, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Target Value Design (New York State CoP)

March 12, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Takeaways from the 20th LCI Congress (New York State CoP)

December 4, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Choosing By Advantages (New York State CoP)

November 7, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Introduction to Last Planner System®(New York State CoP)

May 8, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Gemba Tour: Union College Science Center Project (New York State CoP)

April 17, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Lessons Learned in Pull Planning Facilitation and Implementation (New York State CoP)

March 20, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Holiday Networking Event (New York State CoP)

January 16, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Panel Discussion: 19th LCI Congress (New York State CoP)

November 14, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Mindset of an Effective Big Room (New York State CoP)

October 10, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Introduction to Lean Project Delivery (New York State CoP)

June 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pull-Planning the Design Phase (New York State CoP)

May 23, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

Lean Introduction & Reception – (New York State CoP)

February 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Owner Survey Presentation – (New York State CoP)

January 19, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Lean Coffee – DECEMBER (New York State CoP)

December 1, 2016 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Rivers Casino & Resort: Pull Planning to Beat the Odds (LeanNY CoP)

October 13, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Lean in Western New York (LeanNY CoP)

September 29, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lean Project Delivery: Improve Your Status Quo (New York State CoP)

September 15, 2016 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm