Lean

Mar
01
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The Success of Collaboration

Tags: Lean, BIM, Safety

In February 2016, Southland Industries had just finished up a full HVAC, mechanical piping, plumbing, and process piping design-build scope for a research and development lab in South San Francisco. 

Jan
18
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Driving Value to Our Customers

Southland is in the midst of instilling a strategy to motivate, educate, and empower our people to embrace lean thinking as a way of life. In order for a successful transition to occur, we have begun to build a Guiding Coalition throughout the organization.

 
Nov
30
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Lean Construction Institute Congress 2016

Tags: Lean

Every year, Southland Industries encourages employees throughout the company to participate in a monthly video challenge. Employees demonstrate how they have been inspired to implement lean concepts into their workflow and workplace. Each month is given a theme and submissions must clearly communicate the reduction or elimination of waste, focus on customer value, demonstrate continuous improvements, and capitalize on knowledge of our people and partners. In addition to monthly winners, a grand prize winner is nominated to attend the annual Lean Construction Institute (LCI) Congress.

Jul
28
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Providing Personal and Professional Development

Bootcamp is an opportunity for employees to understand Southland’s culture and core values and how they fit into the overall picture. During the weeklong program, experts from all divisions and disciplines engage in discussions about each department’s strategy and how that relates to Southland’s overall strategy. In the video blog above, recent participants of boot camp discuss the networking and development opportunities they have received from the training. 

Apr
27
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Part 2: ILPD at UHS Henderson Hospital

The UHS Henderson project is a  142 bed medical facility that spans more than 250,000 square feet. The hospital is built for future expansions and features  four operating rooms, with two shelled OR rooms for future expansion, women’s center, including  labor, delivery, recovery,  post-partum, C-Section, and NICU, cath lab, GI bronchial, and radiology services with a target value design of $170 million.

Mar
30
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Creating Lean Initiative

Tags: Lean

Continuously implementing a strong lean culture in each division has always been a top priority for Southland. We find that our projects are more successful and our employees are safer. Although Southland’s culture has always had lean concepts embedded into it, there is always room for improvement. Because of this, here in the Southwest Division, we decided to take our lean journey to the next level.

Jan
20
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Target Value Design and How to Make Shared Risk and Reward Sustainable

Over the last five years, Southland Industries has participated in a Target Value Design Research Group facilitated by University of California, Berkeley’s Project Production Sciences Laboratory (P2SL). This research group was composed of practitioners from the architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical design community, as well as, a general contractor and numerous “trade partners” from the mechanical, electrical, and structural sub-trades.

Jan
06
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Lean at Penn State: Practicing What They Teach

In their second venture to implement a Lean Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach to maximize the value of the University Park campus environment, The Pennsylvania State University chose the design-assist construction management team consisting of: Barton Malow (construction manager), Southland Industries (HVAC/plumbing/fire protection), and M.C. Dean (electrical) to construct the new Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Laboratory Building (CEBME). 

Jan
27
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Three Simple Steps to Going Lean

Lean is one of the most important trends sweeping through our industry today. The Lean Construction Institute recently received the Henry C. Turner Prize from the National Building Museum for Innovation in Construction for the positive effects it has had on projects and processes within our industry. By following a few basic steps, it is possible to improve our projects and businesses to create safer, more effective workplaces for everyone involved.