College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Gregory F. Starzyk, Philip Barlow
Lean construction offers a collaborative approach to traditional construction practices and has the primary goal of increasing value to the client. With the proper use of lean construction tools on projects and the adoption of a lean culture, construction companies have recognized real benefits in terms of cost, productivity, and schedule while increasing customer satisfaction. The construction industry has been slow however in adopting the lean construction practices that have proven to be successful. The research in this study will familiarize the reader with the principles of lean construction, and address why the demand for lean construction is rising. In this case study, participants from two construction companies, a leading lean contractor and a non-lean contractor, were interviewed to evaluate the different lean construction “journeys” taken by each company. The interviews and analysis in this study primarily focus on the lean culture, use of lean construction tools, common barriers, lean education, and industry outlook from each of the companies. Suggestions for the future growth of lean construction were provided based on the interview responses.