Jobsite Trailer Transformation with Lean 5S

A construction jobsite trailer is often small and cramped so it’s critical to be clean and organized in order to get the job done efficiently. The Lean 5S tool of Lean Construction came in very handy for the transformation at MRMC. After one year on site at Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, the common areas in […]

Healthy Hearts Charity Lunch at Grunau

Healthy Hearts

Healthy hearts are important to Grunau so on June 29, the Oak Creek Grunau office held a charity potluck lunch.  Since all food was provided by employees, the $5 per person cost was donated 100% to the American Heart Association. State Fair can be Healthy The theme was “State Fair”.  This made it doubly fun to think of healthy […]

Florida PlanGrid Breaks Gridlock

Florida PlanGrid

Grunau’s Orlando fire protection office began a new process for providing drawings, specifications, labor breakdown, test papers, stocklists, scope of work and any other documents that are normally provided in the “foreman’s packet”.  They are now using the construction app called “PlanGrid”. Also Grunau’s safety-related documents can be found on the Florida PlanGrid app including site specific […]

Metal Railings in Laser Focus

Metal Railings Laser Focus

Along with the install of the new Python robotic beamline in the Grunau Metals Shop during the autumn of 2016, the Metals team made a major change in the way one of their most popular products, metal railings, are made. During a 5S event years ago in the metal railings area, many discussions occurred on how to […]

Core Slugs Caught in 20-Story Wonder

Core Slugs

When our Grunau Metals project team was faced with finding a safe and efficient way to catch concrete core slugs from 20 floors above street-level, creative minds went to work.  This was a real-life situation where Lean problem solving skills were used.  A condominium along Milwaukee’s waterfront has an 8-foot cantilevered roof overhanging the entire […]

Ohio Contract Work is Made Efficient

Ohio's contract work VSM

Several months ago, an employee at the Grunau Youngstown fire protection office received a change order for some Ohio contract work. He spent a better part of the morning going from person to person.  He asked each person how to get this change order recognized by our accounting system.  Eventually it was revealed that he needed to make a […]