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Lean construction is basically a new way to design and build projects. Lean changes the way work is done to maximize value, minimize waste, and accelerate learning. Sundt employs Lean Construction techniques on its projects whenever possible. The company is also an active member of the Lean Construction Institute, which was created to research and promote lean construction methods worldwide.

Sundt is at the forefront of using Lean methods beginning in design all the way through project delivery to save owners time and money.

The reliable release of work during design, supply and assembly ensures value is delivered to the customer. By implementing enhanced planning using the Last Planner System® on all our projects, we demonstrate leadership in the systematic identification and elimination of waste from planning and design through construction; ultimately, delivering more value to the owner and stakeholders. Last Planner is a production planning system designed to produce predictable work flow and rapid learning in programming, design, construction and commissioning of projects.

The Lean Construction Institute reports that the method’s many advantages include:

  • The facility and its delivery process are designed together to better reveal and support customer purposes.
  • Work is structured throughout the process to maximize value and reduce waste-at the project delivery level.
  • Efforts to manage and improve performance are aimed at improving the total project, not just reducing the cost or increasing the speed of any particular activity.
  • “Control” is redefined from “monitoring results” to “making things happen.” The performance of the planning and control systems are measured and improved.


Our workforce is embracing Lean principles as part of our continuous improvement culture. Thirty have already passed the Associated General Contractors of America certification exam, making us one of only a few dozen general contractors in the country with Lean-certified employees.

The continuous improvement efforts made by our employee-owners have further reinforced Sundt’s commitment to Going Beyond the Expected. Our dedication to the core principles of Lean Construction – the discovery and sharing of best practices across our organization and our projects – helps us successfully deliver projects on time and on budget.

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