2017-01-26&27 Lean Design Forum 2017


UC Berkeley’s Project Production Systems Laboratory (P2SL), the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have been co-hosting the Lean Design Forum twice a year, in Berkeley early in the year and in the Midwest mid-year.

Ourregister-button next Forum will take place on Thursday and Friday, January 26 and 27, 2017. This 1.5-day meeting on Thursday (7:30 am to 4:15 pm) and Friday (7:30 am to 12:15 pm) will be held at HS Lordships at the Berkeley Marina.  As in previous years, we are working with AIA so that members may get continuing education credit for participating in this event.

Each of six 90-minute sessions will be devoted to a single speaker or panel. Presentations will be no longer than 30 minutes, to allow time for in-depth discussion with the speaker and with one another about what the speaker presented.



session details further below


7:30 – 8:00 Registration and Breakfast
8:10 – 9:45 Session I: Robert Williamson (Taylor Design), Stan Chiu (HGA), and Todd Henderson (Boulder Associates)
9:45 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Session II: Tom Rundall (UC Berkeley School of Public Health)
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 2:30 Session III: Jeff Loeb & John Strickland (CH2M Hill)
2:30-3:00 Break
3:00 – 3:45 Session IV: Romano Nickerson (Boulder Associates)
3:45 – 4:00 Plus/Delta
4:00 Adjourn


7:30 – 8:00 Plated Breakfast: (please arrive by 7:30)
8:00 – 9:45 Session V: Todd Henderson, Boulder Associates, Jeff Loeb, CH2M Hil, Bruce CousinsRalf-Uwe Modrich, WebCor, and Kevin Kriner
9:45 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – Noon
Session VI: David Mar (Mar Structural Design) and panel members Bill Andrews (Walter P. Moore), Greg Luth (GPLA) and Corrie Messinger (McCarthy)

12:00 – 12: 15 Plus/Delta
12:15 AdjournSESSION DETAILSSession I: Lean Transformation of Design Enterprises
(details will be added when available)Session II: Center for Lean Engagement and Research in HealthcareBERKELEY, CALIF. – October 13, 2016 – The UC Berkeley School of Public Health today announced its new Center for Lean Engagement and Research (CLEAR) in Healthcare. The center will identify new ways to transform healthcare delivery through continuous improvement strategies that enhance patient outcomes and reduce the growth in the cost of care.“The Center for Lean Engagement and Research in Healthcare will help achieve the triple aim of better healthcare quality and patient experience, improved population health and reduced growth of healthcare costs,” said Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, professor and dean emeritus at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. “Our research will focus on lean methods designed to improve the healthcare system. We will examine new payment models that reward value, identify new ways to lead and manage healthcare organizations, and discover how care providers and health systems can create greater value for patients.”

Session III: Hill Collaborative Design & Scoping Process
CH2M will share their approach to Target Value Design as they have been practicing it for nearly twenty years on a variety of process-industry capital projects.  CH2M’s Collaborative Design and Scoping Process, or CDS, has the following objectives:

  • Uncover customer value and align on constraints of time and money.
  • Rapidly build a unified, high performance, integrated delivery team.
  • Draw upon the expertise of the entire project community to best meet the owner’s objectives.
  • Develop effective solutions very early in the project through collaboration among design, constructors, trade partners, and the customer.
  • Determine rapidly whether or not the project can be built within allowable cost.
  • Very early in the project create a scope-cost-decision model providing high cost certainty and enabling flow-based production management of detailed design and construction.

Participants will learn:

  • What it means to design to a target cost.
  • How collaborative scoping of the project enables effective design decisionmaking.
  • How it is possible to make important design decisions early without needing to produce detailed designs.
  • How the CDS process flows.
  • What is the ‘scope list’ and what purposes does it serve.
  • How substantial cost, schedule, and quality gains are made possible.
  • How the CDS process evolved over time, through many partnerships and contributions.

Session IV: Design Process Improvement
(details will be added when available)

Session V: Agile Methods
Agile is to the software world what lean is to construction: An implementation of the Toyota Production System to a non-manufacturing context. Software production and building design have common traits that they don’t share with construction, so it’s worth studying Agile for ideas to support lean building design that have been overlooked in the somewhat construction-centric lean canon. A panel that spans many dichotomies (design & construction; lean & Agile; owner & consultant; buildings & software) will share explorations in Scrum, Planning Poker, Kanban and other topics.

Session VI: Design Strategies in a Complex Environment
This session will be led by David Mar, Mar Structural Design.

Bill Andrews (Walter P. Moore), Greg Luth (GPLA) and Corrie Messinger (McCarthy) will each give 20 minute presentations on alternative design strategies, then respond to questions from the audience. In the last 45 minutes, Mar will facilitate a discussion with the three panelists, posing questions for the panelists and taking questions from the audience. 






Fees include continental breakfast and lunch on Thursday, plated breakfast on Friday, and breaks each day.

  • $645 for employees of P2SL member companies or LCI corporate/individual members, as well as AIA members
    • P2SL member-company logos are shown at http://p2sl.berkeley.edu
    • LCI corporate member-companies logos are shown at http://www.leanconstruction.org/
    • LCI individual members – you’ll know your membership number.
    • AIA members – you’ll know your membership number
  • $745 for non-members
  • $395 for full-time academics and full-time students


This meeting will take place Hs Lordships Restaurant (www.hslordships.com) at the Berkeley marina.

Public Transit: Take BART to the Berkeley (Downtown Berkeley, not North Berkeley) station. Then at Center and Shattuck Avenue, catch the Bus 51B bus towards the Berkeley Marina. Get off at the Berkeley Pier at Seawall Drive, then walk south ~2 mins.

By Car: Plenty of free parking space is available in front of the restaurant, but please LEAVE NO VALUABLES in your car! Take 80/580 to Berkeley and exit on University Avenue. Head west towards the Bay. At the stop sign, stay on the left-hand side of the road and continue towards the Berkeley pier. When you reach the bay, turn left and head south until you see the restaurant.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about lean project delivery and changes taking place in the industry!

QUESTIONS about this or other P2SL Initiatives? Please contact Glenn Ballard, Director of P2SL, cell: 415-710-5531, or email: gballard@berkeley.edu.