Last Planner® System Saves Time

Here are some real-life projects that finished ahead of schedule.

Written by Touchplan | May 1, 2016

Construction companies that use the Last Planner® System have completed projects months in advance of scheduled completion date.

By planning in advance you avoid the typical all-out rush at the end of a project. By focusing on the overall goal of the project and not the speed of individual subcontractors, you can finish things faster.

This is best shown through real-life projects that finished ahead of schedule.

Project Scheduled Completion (Months) Actual Completion
Seattle Children’s Hospital 18 14
Wisconsin Hospital 38 36
St. Louis Hospital 26 24
Toronto Tenant Finish 14 8
University Stadium East Stands 10 8

See: http://themilitaryengineer.com/tme_mag/07_08_2013/TME-JulyAug2013-Online-SM.pdf.

Suffolk Construction has demonstrated savings in both time and money in two of their recent projects:

  1. Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) South Region Middle School #3. The school was completed 2 months ahead of schedule AND saved approximately $1.05 million.
  2. Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Mass Art). After implementing Lean principles, Suffolk was able to cut 2 months off of the original project timeline.

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