We think of our partners as an extension of the Barton Malow Family, and we support and elevate these subcontractors, architects, and engineers to enhance our projects. We respect the integrity of our project partners and develop relationships that long outlast individual projects. We accomplish this through the implementation of Lean principles and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach.
Lean + IPD for Reduced Waste
Barton Malow works to integrate people, systems, and practices using Lean and IPD to harness the talents and insights of all participants, reducing waste and optimizing efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction. Lean and IPD reinforce each other, so projects using these approaches together have been found to be more reliable in terms of the schedule and cost, and in meeting the owner’s goals.
The Lean approach originated in the manufacturing industry as a way to remove variation, errors, and defects to gain better production and to create a higher quality product. In the construction industry, Lean is used to improve the design and construction process by eliminating waste to create value.
IPD integrates people, systems, business structures, and practices. This approach ensures that the talents and insights of all the participants are harnessed. While true IPD has the key participants sign a single Integrated Form of Agreement contract, IPD Lite uses techniques in other delivery models such as Design-Build or Construction Manager at Risk.
The five big ideas of IPD are:
- Collaborate, really collaborate
- Optimize the whole
- Tightly couple learning with action
- Projects as networks of commitment
- Increase relatedness
The term “prefabrication” is a relatively broad term used to describe the process of manufacturing multi-component assemblies ahead of time and installing as a whole. This innovative Lean approach supplements or replaces the stick-built approach traditionally adopted in construction in which pieces or parts of a system are installed individually in the field.
The key benefits and value of prefabrication are demonstrated in:
- Safety: Our labor force is safer and more productive when operating in a controlled, kit-of-parts environment. Leveraging conditioned off-site fabrication space creates a more attractive value proposition for the locally sourced contractor base that may already be burdened with labor shortages.
- Sustainability: Our goal of delivering sustainable projects with minimal waste and carbon offset is more achievable through modularized construction practices.
- Schedule: Identifying prefabrication opportunities through early stakeholder partnering optimizes team collaboration while reducing risk and increasing the certainty of schedule and budget.
- Innovation: Through our systematic prefabrication approach, we are able to find adjacent opportunities to innovate and bring enhanced value to our project partners.