LCI Cascadia>>Lean Design in the Northwest: How best practices in design can reduce construction costs



7:00-8:00           Registration - Continental Breakfast Sponsored By: TBA

8:00-8:30           Welcome and Introductions     

8:30-9:30           Design Process for K-12 School Programs: Using Lean Construction From Start to Finish Kit Burns, AIA, CSI, LEED AP, Assoc. Principal, BLRB Architects

9:45-10:45         Reducing Costs When Project Conditions Arise:Pike Place Market Renovation Brian Kite, Sr. Project Manager, MacDonald Miller

11:00-12:00 How Construction Speed is Influenced by Design Elements: The Aspira, 1823 Terry, a Mixed-use Residential Tower  Mike Sweeney, Process Improvement Manager, Turner Construction

12:00-1:00 Lunch Sponsored By: TBA

1:00-2:00 The Role of Land Surveying in the Lean Construction Process Sound Transit - Light Rail / I-405 Corridor  Brian Blevins, PLS, Survey Project Consultant, CH2M Hill

2:15-3:15 Discussion: Design Challenges & Lean Project Delivery  Facilitators ~ Kit Burns, Brian Kite, Mike Sweeney & Brian Blevins

3:30-4:30 Discussion: Contracting & Cost ~ Tri-Partite, IFOA, IPD (AIA) or ?  Facilitator ~ Tom Owens, NBBJ

4:30-5:00 Wrap Up

5:00-6:00 Beat the Rush!  Appetizers and Beverage Sponsored by: TBA


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Session Details


Session 1        Design Process for K-12 School Programs:

8:30-9:30          Using Lean Construction from Start to Finish               

 This session demonstrates steps the Architect takes to develop the project program. This includes reviewing site requirements, coordinating with agencies and consultants, and meeting the Owners program using Lean Construction principles. 

 We will discuss what is programming, what are elements to include in the decision process, methods to confirm decisions made, and critical timing of decisions. How do the Owner and Architect evaluate design options to achieve best value for the Owner? How is the design developed to ensure optimum decisions are made while juggling project constraints (time, cost, long term costs, user needs) who is included in the decisions, and how are cost and long term project needs evaluated for a successful project? 


Kit Burns - Kit is the second oldest of eight children. He has spent his life working on getting organized (starting with his brothers and sisters!). He is a graduate of WSU school of Architecture and has practiced architecture for over 30 years in the Northwest. He is involved in the AIA and CSI as well as other construction and management organizations including LCI and PMI.

Kit Burns joined BLRB in 1987 and is one of the firm’s most seasoned project managers. As Project manager he has worked on some of the largest projects in the firm's history. His unique blend of experience and dedication to exceptional client service are vital in delivering successful projects. Kit’s proven track record and ability to provide optimum value to clients has led to his selection as project manager on some of our most high profile and complex projects.  

He has served as project architect/ manager on over 25 educational facility projects representing over $225,000,000 of school construction.  The Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) has recognized Kit’s abilities with two highly coveted “Polished Apple Awards” for the most outstanding school project in Washington State.  The projects were Olympia High School Addition/Modernization and the new Kentlake Senior High School.


Session 2        Reducing Costs When Project Conditions Arise:

9:45-10:45        Pike Place Market Renovation                      

 Not all projects are designed with every detail complete. Often conditions on a project will require the construction team to assist the design team in providing solutions. This is evident in most remodel projects because the information required to complete the design is not discovered until demolition is started. The Pike Place Market Renovation project has all of these conditions and to make it more difficult this project will require the facility to remain occupied by the public and functional during the entire construction phase. Please attend this interesting presentation to understand how Turner Construction and MacDonald-Miller use there experience with Lean Construction to minimize costs in a complex and challenging public remodel project.  


Brian Kite - Brian has been with MacDonald-Miller since 1999 where he has worked 6 years as a project manager, 1 year as an engineer and 2 years as an estimator. As a senior project manager his responsibilities include pre-construction coordination, scheduling, cost tracking, estimating and final review of project cost design of design/build and plan/spec projects. Over the last four years Brian has been using Lean concepts and the last Planner System on the following projects and is currently implementing Lean on the Pike Place Market Renovation project.

· 1521 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA  A 42-Story High End Condominium Tower, LEED Silver Project.

· Sheraton Seattle Expansion.  A 25-Story Hotel Tower & Major Renovation of Existing Ballrooms, Lobbies & Kitchens. 

· Bremerton Bachelor's Enlisted Quarters. A 10-Story market style living quarters & 10 story garage,  LEED Silver Project.


Session 3        How Construction Speed is Influenced by Design Elements:

11:00-12:00     The Aspira, 1823 Terry, a Mixed-use Residential Tower     

During Pre-Construction at 1823 Terry it was realized that restructuring the batch size of some of the design elements to incorporate 2-story “building blocks” could significantly speed up the construction process.  This created significant cost savings on the project.  How was this discovered?  What was the impact on the design process and costs?  How did the designer and the constructor work together to create this improved project delivery for the owner?  Hear Mike Sweeney tell about this interesting case study in design and construction process improvement.

This urban development in the Denny Triangle neighborhood of downtown Seattle is a new 37 story high-rise building consisting of approximately 330 residential units, 350 stalls of above- and below-grade parking and 6,000 square feet of street-level retail space.  The design of the project embraces its urban context and is particularly responsive to the street level, pedestrian experience.   This project will be registered with Built Green Washington State.


Mike Sweeney - Mike went to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree.  Mike has a Masters in Applied Mechanics from the University of Rhode Island.  Mike’s experience includes 10 years designing nuclear submarines for the US Navy with General Dynamics’ Electric Boat Corporation.  Mike has worked for Turner Construction in Seattle in 2005.  Most recently Mike was the on-site MEP Superintendent for the Harborview Bond Project, a $292M expansion to the existing hospital, and is currently assigned as the Process Improvement Manager for the Turner-Seattle Business Unit implementing the concepts of Lean and the Toyota Production System. 


Session 4        The Role of Land Surveying in the Lean Construction Process:

1:00-2:00          Sound Transit - Light Rail / I-405 Corridor

Land Surveying provides the base map for all design, provides the translation and layout of design for construction, and provides the final as-build for recording of completion. Yet, Land Surveying is often one of the most overlooked disciplines in the planning and managing of the Lean Construction Process.  Few professions offer the extraordinary value to cost ratio that land surveying offers.  

This approach will be demonstrated using case studies from some of the largest and most demanding construction projects in the Northwest, including the Sound Transit Central Link, East Link and University Link Light Rail Projects; WSDOT SR-519 Intermodal Access Project; and WSDOT Renton Stage 2 Design-Build Project.

This presentation will reveal where land surveying fits into the end-to-end design and construction process and how proper utilization of the art of land surveying improves the Lean Construction Process with minimum cost and maximum value.


Brian Blevins - Brian is a Survey Project Consultant with CH2M HILL in Seattle, Washington. He has over a decade of experience managing the survey component of some of the largest and most demanding construction projects in the Pacific Northwest.  His extensive background in heavy construction includes projects in Transportation, Land Development and the Design-Build arenas.  Brian's project roles have included Survey Project Manager, Senior Project Survey Technologist, Survey QA/QC and Survey Task Lead. 

Brian specializes in strategic technology implementation, including robotics, LiDAR, 3D Multi-Spectral LiDAR and machine control for market differentiation and domination.  A nationally recognized speaker, Brian regularly presents professional, technical and workshop sessions.  He has presented and been invited to present for the ACSM (American Congress on Surveying and Mapping), WFPS (Western Federation of Professional Surveyors), LSAW (Land Surveyors’ Association of Washington), PLSO (Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon), UCLS (Utah Council of Land Surveyors), MARLS (Montana Association of Registered Land Surveyors), WCCS (Washington Council of County Surveyors) and APWA (American Public Works Association, Oregon).

Brian is an advisor for the GITA (Geospatial Information and Technology Association), ITAG (Industry Trends Analysis Group), Transportation Technology Sector.  He was recently recommended for a Board Member position with the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), BFRL (Building and Fire Research Laboratories), Materials and Construction Research Division, Construction Metrology and Automation Group.  Brian has also recently accepted a position to teach Construction Surveying classes at Renton Technical College.


Discussion Details 

Forum 1           Design Challenges and Lean Project Delivery 

2:15-3:15          Facilitators ~ Kit Burns, Brian Kite, Mike Sweeney & Brian Blevins

How is design impacted in challenging circumstances?  How are scheduling realities addressed through better coordination?  Can we improve projects significantly by organizing them as construction systems?  How do we begin to develop projects as a collective enterprise instead of just as the sum of their parts? 

 The devil is truly in the details!  How does this work in practice?  Join us for a spirited discussion of how real world situations can and should influence the design and pre-construction process.



Forum 2           Contracting & Cost ~ Tri-Partite, IFOA, IPD (AIA) or ?

3:30-4:30          Facilitator ~ Tom Owens, Corporate Attorney, NBBJ         

Tom will describe briefly the principle purposes and differences between the various contracting approaches that have been developed recently for use on projects in the USA to encourage the coordination of projects as a collective enterprise.  He will talk about how these approaches can encourage a more equitable sharing of risk and reward across traditional project responsibility boundaries; and how this fundamentally can improve project outcomes.

What are your questions about these new approaches?  What are your experiences so far on projects you have been involved with?  Bring both your questions and experiences and share them so that we can all improve our future results!


Tom Owens - Tom is General Counsel for NBBJ.  He has 25 years in the construction industry, and helps design teams throughout NBBJ in meeting clients’ needs by helping to identify client concerns and finding acceptable solutions. Tom represented NBBJ recently in negotiating an Integrated Agreement for a $300 M project in Northern California, and on the Childrens Hospital Bellevue Clinic project here locally.  He also has crafted NBBJ’s own version of the Integrated Agreement.  In addition, he is a nationally recognized speaker on the subject of the AIA’s Integrated Project Delivery documents.




Beat the Rush!  Appetizers and Beverage

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