Future University – Edge Zones
February 5, 2013 – 6:47 pm | Comments Off on Future University – Edge Zones

I’ve been thinking a bit about the future of the university, and it seems to me that a new model may be emerging, one that has something of the traditional sanctuary of a place of learning, but that innovatively engages communities, both local and international. There will, of course, have to be those preserves where students and teachers can contemplate their experience and learn together, but there must also be what, for the moment, one might think of as an edge zone where interactions of many kinds might take place.

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Innovative Workplace Design starts with Value Proposition
October 28, 2011 – 7:44 pm | Comments Off on Innovative Workplace Design starts with Value Proposition
Innovative Workplace Design starts with Value Proposition

In keeping with our Lean design approach, we look at the entire project value stream for opportunities to add value and reduce waste. A pull planning session was held to define stakeholder value, to map the project value stream, and set conditions of satisfaction with the entire team; client, architect and builder. Target Value Design enabled us to align project objectives; scope, schedule and budget, early in the process. A site evaluation session with the client and builder will be held to assess the project success and consider modifications that will support ongoing workplace performance improvements.

Lean Delivers High Performance through Impeccable Coordination
May 23, 2011 – 5:14 pm | Comments Off on Lean Delivers High Performance through Impeccable Coordination
Lean Delivers High Performance through Impeccable Coordination

There are myriad activities surrounding the production of built facilities, and numerous people providing services. To optimize maximum performance our goal at Anderson Porter Design is to facilitate communication and coordination. Lean Project Delivery is a systematic approach that delivers much higher performance levels by putting people together on the same team or, metaphorically, together in the same boat.

Lean Project Delivery System – Expanded Lean Learning Cycle
April 13, 2011 – 12:40 pm | Comments Off on Lean Project Delivery System – Expanded Lean Learning Cycle
Lean Project Delivery System – Expanded Lean Learning Cycle

The current LPDS model developed by Glenn Ballard and the Lean Construction Institute grew from an emerging theory of project-based production systems and the implementation of these systems as an improved method of designing and building capital facilities. Anderson Porter Design feels strongly that a better process results in better products. The delivered value is not just the design of better production systems but significantly to realize better buildings.

Five Whys – A Lean Design Approach to Reducing Waste
March 9, 2011 – 9:18 pm | 5 Comments
Five Whys – A Lean Design Approach to Reducing Waste

Those of us who work in the areas of planning, design and construction unfortunately find waste on a far too regular basis. The degree of waste is high, some estimate at thirty percent on a typical project. This isn’t just waste in the literal sense of scrap materials or lost time. In keeping with a Lean Design approach; we define waste as anything that does not add value to the customer.

Lean Design – Library Renovation Focused on Client Value
February 14, 2011 – 5:18 pm | One Comment
Lean Design – Library Renovation Focused on Client Value

Our lean design approach at the early planning and programming phase leveraged successful financial, historic, and programmatic outcomes for the project by resolving conflicting architectural goals, maximizing net program area, and increasing the overall habitable area in the building. Our lean design methods at the project completion stage assisted with reorganizing the project team and completing the project when the selected building contractor defaulted.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT – a lean learning cycle
January 10, 2011 – 5:09 pm | One Comment
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT –  a lean learning cycle

Lean Design methodologies including continuous improvement are effective tools for organizations anticipating physical change; either large-scale capital planning or smaller-scale changes within a client’s operation. For institutions with multi-building campuses, which make major capital investments for new facilities, this cycle can take of a number of years and engage data from multiple teams. Real estate and facilities departments can use continuous improvement tools to evaluate and design individual buildings and improve the campus as a whole.

Co-Locating Project Teams – What’s Effective?
November 24, 2010 – 6:05 pm | Comments Off on Co-Locating Project Teams – What’s Effective?
Co-Locating Project Teams – What’s Effective?

Lean Design brings advanced tools and approaches to improve project team effectiveness, coordination and communication. Innovative approaches to improving teamwork are increasingly important; both as best practice and as a means by which to focus on project value and reducing waste.

Translational Diagnosis: Leveraging Innovation
October 25, 2010 – 10:59 pm | Comments Off on Translational Diagnosis: Leveraging Innovation
Translational Diagnosis: Leveraging Innovation

In order to support continuous improvement and deliver the highest quality science, new research laboratory spaces are needed. These spaces must be flexible and agile in order to quickly adapt as research methods and techniques change over time. Adaptable labs spaces may be smaller and more readily modified to support shifts in research work and type. Research work may expand outside the traditional laboratory as collaborative teams engage in the creative exchange of ideas and need to quickly communicate and experiment. Improvements in mobile equipment, computational and communications technologies provide greater variety of research locations, immediately situated, distributed or remote.

Design Excellence: Lean response to challenges of practice
October 22, 2010 – 9:47 pm | Comments Off on Design Excellence: Lean response to challenges of practice
Design Excellence: Lean response to challenges of practice

Excellent buildings have become the exception not the norm and although this may be due to a litany of external factors; it is also due in large part to our professional fixation with the purely formal qualities of buildings and spaces often to the exclusion of their dynamic situations over time, the spectrum of activities they enable, the overall goals of the client, the resources they require to build and maintain, and their ability to adapt, change and improve over time. These shortcomings present a clear and immediate challenge to re-evaluate traditional practices and find innovative methods to measurably improve design quality.

Hybrid Space Approaches to Global Collaboration
October 21, 2010 – 10:34 pm | Comments Off on Hybrid Space Approaches to Global Collaboration
Hybrid Space Approaches to Global Collaboration

As state of the art video conferencing evolves, collaborative team rooms with imbedded and interactive media capabilities will be increasingly necessary to bring together remote interaction with virtual face-to-face capability. The design of these hybrid spaces and the technologies that support them require specialized and multi-disciplinary teams. The physical environment, the staffing support, and the technology resources needed to successfully manage these spaces are all equally important.