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LCI San Diego Community of Practice

If you are interested in learning more about Lean project delivery, join the more than 600 professionals that have participated and learned from events hosted by the San Diego Community of Practice since 2007.  The CoP offers a learning program every other month that covers a Lean-related topic, project, or subject matter including interactive simulations.  If you are new to Lean, the CoP provides a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and learn more about Lean practices on capital project planning, design, fabrication and construction.  If you are a seasoned Lean practitioner, consider sharing your knowledge with the greater San Diego community.  To learn more contact Sandra LeDrew at or David Umstot @  


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LCI San Diego Community of Practice UPCOMING Events

Different Ways to Contract for Lean Project Delivery- (San Diego CoP) @ DPR Construction
Mar 27 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


LCI San Diego Community of Practice


Different Ways to Contract for Lean Project Delivery

As the awareness and embrace of Lean Construction continues to expand in the construction industry, ever-increasing numbers of projects grapple with the question of how to address Lean Construction principles and methods in their design and construction contracts. Project owners have taken primarily three approaches on this:
• Seeking the highest level of Lean performance, owners have used Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) agreements, such as the ConsensusDocs 300, sometimes called integrated forms of agreement (IFOAs).
• When they or their team are not willing or able to use an IPD agreement, other owners have used legal counsel to custom-draft design and construction contracts under more conventional project delivery models such as CM-at-Risk, to address Lean design and construction methodologies.
• Other owners will seek to promote Lean behaviors among the project team independent of what is in the design and construction contracts.
Now, project teams have new options for contracting for a Lean project when they cannot implement an IPD Agreement. In 2018, ConsensusDocs published two important contract documents for collaborative construction projects: (1) the ConsensusDocs 305 Lean Construction Addendum (CD305); and (2) the ConsensusDocs 541 Design-Assist Addendum (CD541).

With the CD305, for the first time we have a non-IPD contract document available to the whole industry that provides for a wide spectrum of Lean design and construction practices. To use the CD305, an Owner can start with either an industry standard form front-end contract or its own standard contract and add to it a Lean Construction Addendum that reflects the best thinking in the industry around Lean design and construction.

The CD541 provides terms and conditions for the design and construction team when the CM and key trades are engaged during the design phase to provide design-assist services. Design-assist has been a major trend of the last several years and a key accelerant to Lean Project Delivery, but there has not been a standard industry approach to defining what design-assist services involve and what terms and conditions should apply. The CD541 is the first industry standard contract form to tackle the difficult task of defining the range of design-assist services and providing appropriate contract terms. By gaining the early involvement of builders’ expertise and coordinating those efforts with design teams, teams achieve greater project cohesion and efficiency. The CD541 was intentionally designed to coordinate with the CD305 Lean Construction Addendum so that they can work together or stand independent.

Tonight’s event will discuss the different ways to contract for Lean Project Delivery, with discussion of IPD agreements, using Design-Build for Lean Project Delivery, and CM-at-Risk using the new CD305 and CD541.

Learning Objective: Understand currently available contracting methods for fostering Lean project delivery including IPD, Design-Build, and CM-at-Risk, as well as how the new ConsensusDocs 305 Lean Construction Addendum and ConsensusDocs 541 Design-Assist Addendum can help projects achieve greater success in Lean Project Delivery


Joel DarringtonJoel Darrington – DPR Construction – Joel Darrington has extensive experience as a construction attorney, and during his law firm days advised private and public clients in construction transactions in a wide variety of settings. Now providing in-house legal support to DPR Construction in their construction contracting, Joel assists with transactions in both traditional and collaborative project delivery settings, including Integrated Project Delivery, Lean Construction, design-build, CM-at-Risk, multi-prime, and design-bid-build.

Joel is active in the Lean Construction Institute and has written and presented numerous times about Lean Construction and IPD. He has also extensively researched various approaches to incentive programs and risk allocation utilized by international project delivery models. Joel’s research on incentives and relational contracting is featured in numerous publications. Joel was also a key member of the editorial group that made a comprehensive revision of the ConsensusDocs 300 Integrated Project Delivery Agreement (released in 2016), and the editorial groups that developed the ConsensusDocs 305 Lean Construction Addendum and ConsensusDocs 541 Design-Assist Addendum (released in 2018).

5:00p-6:00p: Networking (Food and Drink is provided at the event)
6:00p-6:15p: Announcements and Introduction of Speakers
6:15p-7:45p: Main Event
7:45p-8:00p: Wrap Up and Plus/Delta

Registration Rates:

Member Rate: $35.00

Non-Member Rate: $45.00

Owner Rate: First 10 Free

Student Rate: $20

Food and Drink will be provided

UPCOMING National LCI Events

WEBINAR: Building a Healthy Team for Project Success: Cooperation vs Collaboration @ webinar
Mar 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Why collaborate? Because it works, and because we can!

To foster true collaborative behavior – collaboration that can withstand the inevitable challenges presented by complex construction projects – requires the right people performing the right tasks within an environment that promotes trust and mutuality of expectation over shared project outcomes. Teamwork produces optimal results in nearly all fields of human endeavor. Military engagements, marketing campaigns, and sporting contests all depend on closely coordinated team effort. The failure to work as a team often results in failure or worse.

Investing in building a collaborative culture and a “people first” initiative has been shown to be a primary ingredient to engender success and to improve project results. This presentation will present some basic leadership strategies for building a healthy project team and a culture of collaboration on projects of all scopes and complexity.

What is your leadership style?

  • Command and Control
  • Consensus
  • Collaborative


Bruce Cousins, AIA – Principal, SWORD Integrated Building Solutions

BCCPicture2.5x2Bruce has over forty years of diverse experience in Architecture and Design/Build project delivery. For the last ten years, he has served as a leader, consultant and mentor for non-traditional project delivery for both Architects and Builders. As an industry-recognized leader in the use of computers as a design tool, He has been an evangelist of the Building Information Modeling-BIM process in Architectural practice and Construction. After 36 years working in various industry disciplines, in 2014, he established Sword Integrated Building Solutions providing Leadership Coaching, BIM and Lean consulting to companies who recognize the value of implementing Lean principles and practices to realize operational excellence.

He has successfully implemented the Last Planner® System on many projects. He is a registered Architect, an LCI consultant partner, and a certified AGC CM-Lean instructor.

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 The People Side of Lean 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.

Lean in Design Forum 2019 @ Palmer House - A Hilton Hotel
May 29 @ 7:30 am – May 30 @ 5:00 pm

Connect to the Industry Through Partner Investment.

As a member of the design community, your involvement in the beginning of the project planning process is crucial. From ensuring on-time delivery to guaranteeing high-quality project value, your role is vital to your team’s success. Lean in Design can help you continue to exceed expectations! Lean methodologies help design and construction companies in the U.S. and around the world become more efficient while increasing client satisfaction, cutting costs and eliminating re-work.

The 2019 Lean in Design Forum will address common challenges members of the design community often encounter such as:
Transforming a firm’s culture holistically
Implementing Last Planner® System in design effectively
Making sound decisions collaboratively
Onboarding team members consistently

The annual 2019 LCI Lean in Design Forum, in partnership with P2SL and AIA is a unique event where designers come together to learn about and advance Lean methodologies. Industry-leading design practitioners will present on how Lean techniques free up time for creative decision-making and innovative problem-solving on current topics affecting the design community.

2019 Lean in Design Forum attendees will find immense value in:
Presentations by experienced Lean practitioners
Interactive learning roundtables
Lean in design phase educational sessions
Networking among Lean practitioners with passion for collaboration, creativity and efficient project delivery.

Join your colleagues in the design community at this year’s Lean in Design Forum in Chicago — the must-attend design industry event of the year!

Your registration fee includes the Wednesday evening reception on May 29, plus full breakfast and lunch on the days for which you are registered.

Oct 14 – Oct 18 all-day

LCIs San Diego Community of Practice PAST Events

Lean Happy Hour- (San Diego CoP)

February 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

How Owners are Overcoming Skilled Labor Shortages which threaten to deflate San Diego’s Booming Construction Market (San Diego CoP)

January 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

4th Industry Day (San Diego CoP)

August 3, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

Gemba Walks – What Are They? How Are They Used? (San Diego CoP)

May 31, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Book Club Session 2 – Transforming Design & Construction (San Diego CoP)

April 20, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Surviving the Big Room (San Diego CoP)

March 15, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Book Club – Transforming Design & Construction: A Framework for Change

February 16, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Creating Effective Communication and Empowering the Craftsman: LPS in the Field (San Diego CoP)

January 18, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Agile/Scrum Work Planning: How to Empower Design Teams to Get More Done in Less Time (San Diego CoP)

August 24, 2017 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Business Case for Lean (San Diego CoP)

June 15, 2017 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Building a Lean Culture (San Diego CoP)

March 30, 2017 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Visual Data Analytics for Proactive Project Controls on Construction Sites (San Diego CoP)

January 12, 2017 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Virtual Reality’s Current & Future Impact on Lean Design & Construction (San Diego CoP)

October 27, 2016 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Industry Day

August 5, 2016

Special Event with Sammy Obara of Honsha

March 24, 2016

Value Steam Mapping

January 21, 2016

Incentive Programs for a non-IPD, Design-Build Public Work Project

September 17, 2015

Challenges and Opportunities to Improve Design Management and Pre-Construction

August 13, 2015

Design Using Last Planner System

May 14, 2015

The Airplane Game: An Exercise in Production System Design

March 19, 2015

Lean Practices from Competition through Construction: A Holistic Approach to Designing and Constructing the UCSF Mission Hall Project

November 20, 2014

Beyond Design and Construction – Advancing Building Information Modeling for Post Occupancy

September 25, 2014

Lean Design: Integrating Lean Techniques Into Design As Well As Construction

July 24, 2014

A Lean Coach’s Assessment of Last Planner Around California

May 22, 2014

How High Performance Teams Create Lean Construction Results: an Architect’s Perspective

March 20, 2014

Using Six-Sigma to Measure the Positive Impact “Lean” Has to Offer in Project Delivery

January 16, 2014

“Realizing Our Collective Potential – Translating Tacit Knowledge into Real Value”

May 17, 2012

“How to Implement a Lean Culture within an Organization”

January 26, 2012