LCI Update

February 11, 2016

Sustaining Sponsors


Words of Wisdom

From: "The Value Proposition" in Transforming Design and Construction, LCI, 2015, p. 20.
Trust is a foundational principle of Lean/IPD. An owner who relies on the construction industry for regular business growth can expect better outcomes by considering the long-term outlook for partnerships rather than by selecting contractors on a project-by-project basis. By procuring design, build and related specialty services with long-term relationships in mind, the owner can turn the focus from individual company needs to project improvement needs…This deep engagement can often help the owner/operator improve operations and steer the team to the "Right" building.


Upcoming Events

February 11th
Panel Discussion: North Park University Project
(Chicago CoP)

February 12th
A Lean Coffee
(National Capital Region CoP)

February 16th
A Lean Coffee
(Las Vegas CoP)

February 17th
Making a Lean Transformation – a Trade Partner's Perspective
(Arizona CoP)

February 18th
A Lean Coffee
(Upper Midwest CoP)

February 19th
WEBINAR- Target Value Design, with Dave Umstot

February 24th
A Lean Coffee
(Cascadia-Seattle CoP)

February 25th
Intro to Choosing by Advantages
(Dallas-Fort Worth CoP)

February 26th
A3 Thinking
(Colorado CoP)

February 26th
LCI National Webinar - Owner National Project Performance Research

March 1st
2016 Kickoff Event
(National Capital Region CoP)

March 10th
A Lean Coffee
(Chicago CoP)

March 15th
Benefits of Lean Series - Using Design Assist to Meet an Extraordinary Challenge
(Ohio Valley CoP)

March 16th
Identifying Waste in the Design and Construction of Projects
(Central Florida CoP)

June 1st and 2nd
Design Forum
(Chicago, IL)

October 3rd thru 7th
18th Annual LCI Congress
(Chicago, IL)


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2016 Congress Sponsors


Please click here for information about sponsorship opportunities

Meet our Congress 2016 Team!

We have an active Congress 2016 team preparing for our 18th Annual Congress coming up October 3rd-7th in Chicago. Our 2016 Chair is Tim Vander Molen, Integrated Facilities Solutions, Inc.

2016 Sub-Committee Chairs:

  • Champions: Afshan Barshan, Skender Construction
  • Gemba Day: Rich Seiler, Unified Works
  • Training Days: Cindy Menches, Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust
  • Keynotes: Tim Cooper, Pepper Construction
  • Volunteers: Brittanie Campbell-Turner, Mace
  • Marketing: Joan Piccariello, LCI

The 2016 Lean Construction Institute (LCI) Congress Call for Abstracts is open; due date of March 15, 2016!

Our theme this year is Building People, Transforming Culture. Whether it is an improvement on a fundamental Lean practice or the use of a new technology, the 2016 Planning Committee is looking forward to your submission. If you have a new story to tell or an update on a previous one, please submit your abstract. This year's evaluations of abstracts will be more stringent as we continue to select high quality presentations. Do you have a colleague who has something to share? If so, pass this along and encourage them to submit an abstract. We need your help to make this year's Congress the most impactful yet!

For those of you who have yet to present at LCI Congress, there are so many great reasons to participate –sessions specific to owners, designers, trade partners and general contractors, plus education and site visits. But perhaps the most important reason is the incredible networking that takes place, with stories shared about Lean successes and challenges. This has always been the hallmark of Congress week, and this year will be no exception!

Submit Now

For Sponsorship and Exhibiting opportunities for the 2016 LCI Congress, contact Ilene Goldberg at

Sponsorship Information

2016 Lean in Design Forum: The Must Attend Event for Architects and Designers

Join us in Chicago for the LCI/P2SL/AIA Lean in Design Forum. Mark your calendar for June 1-2, at Drinker, Biddle and Reath: 191 N. Wacker Drive, #3700, Chicago, IL 60606.

The 2016 Lean in Design Forum is the event where Architects and Designers come together to advance Lean methodologies. This essential conference will connect you, and your whole team, with innovative solutions and knowledge on key issues impacting the Design industry. Join your colleagues for education, networking, business and inspiration. This is your opportunity to connect with your peers in Lean design. This is a must-attend industry event!

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For Sponsorship opportunities for the 2016 Lean in Design Forum, contact Ilene Goldberg at

Sponsorship Information

New ConsensusDocs 300

As noted in our last newsletter, the 300 series document is the key, multi-party IPD agreement developed and distributed by ConsensusDocs, a coalition to which LCI belongs dedicated to providing the best-available contract forms in support of the construction industry. ConsensusDocs has just announced a new free webinar to help educate the building industry about the agreement: The State of the Art in IPD Contracting: The New ConsensusDocs 300 and How to Contract for IPD & Lean February 24, 2016 | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. ET. For more information, including how to obtain the 300 document.

More Information on 300 Document

Industry Satisfaction Survey Needs Owner Input

Please remember the project performance and satisfaction data survey we have created that is now being conducted by Dodge Data and Analytics. We need owners to respond, and both architects and contractors to encourage their owner clients to participate. Why is this study needed?: Is your current approach to deliver capital projects as reliable as you need and want it to be? Would you be interested in discovering ways to deliver every project on time (and for 10% less than what you normally would spend)? The on-line survey asks owners to provide cost, schedule, quality and safety performance for a specific project that they consider to be typical, and the same performance measures for a specific project they consider to be one of their best. More responses are needed to help us generate critical analyses by sector, firm size, etc., as well as other findings to help our industry benefit fully from the results. All data submitted is confidential.

Take Survey Here

Help for your Lean Journey

Just a continuing reminder to take a look at the "Transforming Design and Construction" book that is available for order from the LCI website. LCI members can also view the content on the LCI website in the members' only center. Distribution of the printed version to date includes almost 5,000 copies made available across our industry. Find out what your competitors and colleagues already know: this book can boost your project teams' knowledge of the tools and benefits of Lean.

Order Today!

National Webinar:

Target Value Design
February 19, 2016 – 11:00am EST-12:30pm EST
Dave Umstot, Umstot Project and Facilities Solutions LLC

Target Value Design – What is it? Why are Owners using it? What are the common pitfalls and keys to success?

Join your LCI Colleagues and Dave Umstot to learn the answers to these questions and more. Topics to be covered include the importance of defining the value in the "Owners Eyes," how Owners and team are setting cost targets, the need for conceptual and concurrent estimating, transparency of estimating and contingencies, the necessity of early engagement of specialty trade contractors and set-based design and concurrent engineering. Dave will also share from his deep experience on projects as both an owner and coach.

Register Here

New Small Business Co-working Space for Building Industry Planned for the Bay Area

LCI member Oscia Wilson is teaming up with another architect, a general contractor, and a real estate developer to create a collaborative co-working space in Oakland, CA, specifically for small businesses serving the building industry. The space developers have just launched a Kickstarter campaign to generate support. Backers who pledge at least $150 in the first 24 hours will be invited to be part of the design committee for the space.

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Community of Practice (CoP) Corner

For the first time, our CoP Chairs will have a hands-on work session in Fort Worth, March 28-29. It will start on the evening of March 28th with a dinner/networking event with the meeting to follow on the 29th. The purpose of this meeting is to have dialogue with LCI Board leaders on the programs and future direction for the CoPs and how LCI can best help them achieve their goals given their current needs. We hope that CoPs or their designees will be able to join us. This is a limited-attendance event, but we want as many CoPs to participate as possible.


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Dan C. Heinemeier, CAE
Executive Director

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