Thought Leadership

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.

 
Jan
04
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Three Factors to Consider When Designing for Central Plants

When it comes to designing a central plant, there are many factors to consider. Not only does the plant need to operate efficiently, but the equipment arrangement needs to be considered from both an initial construction and a future maintenance perspective.

Oct
04
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Revisiting Southland’s Lean Journey

In 2015, Southland’s Executive Leadership Team tasked the organization’s leadership development and research team, Built to Lead V, with a goal of creating a strategy to motivate, educate, and empower our people to embrace lean thinking as a way of life.

Aug
24
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How Team Selection Can Affect Project Outcomes

Selecting the appropriate trade partners and even determining which trades should be partners is critical in determining the outcome of a project.  Having the contract set up a certain way can dictate the attitude and collaboration of trade partners. The contract can uphold certain standards, and if trade partners do not perform per the contract, the result can be a lost job. Many in the construction industry prefer to see this type of clause in a contract.

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. 

Jun
01
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How a Greywater System Can Affect Your Budget, Part 3

Knowing that greywater systems collect drainage from showers, sinks, lavatories, cooling tower blow down, and condensate drains can aide in deciding if it is right for your facility. However, it’s not enough to simply understand how the system works, but how the design can be customized for your building and how the cost affects your budget.

Every water treatment system comes with initial capital and operational cost. Before beginning to calculate the return on investment, it is important to factor in a variety of costs, as well as the life span of the system and building.

May
18
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How Greywater Systems Do More than Minimize Water Consumption

When it comes to saving water, specifically in areas affected by droughts, reclaiming water from showers and sinks can positively benefit your facility. However, wanting to save water is not the only factor to consider when deciding if a greywater reclamation system is right for your facility.

Prior to designing the greywater system, the first step is to understand if reclaiming greywater will contribute to reducing your building’s water usage. This process is known as a “water balance calculation” or an evaluation of the return on investment.

May
12
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Is a Greywater System Right for Your Facility, Part 1

When it comes to choosing your facility’s plumbing system, understanding if a greywater reclamation system is best for you can go a long way. A greywater system collects the drainage from showers, sinks, lavatories, cooling tower blow down, and condensate drains. Unlike blackwater collected from toilets, urinals, sinks, and dishwasher drainage, greywater does not contain bio-wastes and is able to be reused for purposes other than human consumption. The treatment process required to reuse greywater is much less intensive, as compared to other systems.

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.

Apr
13
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Part 1: Sharing the Risk in ILPD

Initially trademarked by the Boldt Group, the Integrated Lean Project Delivery (ILPD) method strives to eliminate waste in construction. The process begins before design even starts. By introducing constructability efforts and lean tools early on in the project, team members can evaluate historical data and how waste can be mitigated through an integrated and collaborative design effort. This method, coupled with the Integrated Form of Agreement (IFOA), truly introduces a new working environment that many team members have never witnessed.

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