chi-AfshanBarshanExecutiveVicePresidentPartner (5) Afshan Barshan, executive vice president and partner at Skender Construction and a widely recognized expert in Lean Project Delivery.

CHICAGO—The costs of construction have been on the upswing, especially in core regions like Chicago, and that inflation shows little sign of moderating. As a result, developers across the nation have started experimenting with ways to cut costs. Many designers, architects, engineers and contractors have discovered methods, collectively known as “Lean Construction,” to improve the overall process of creating a new project, along with cutting construction costs. And this system aims to do a lot more than make individual actions more efficient. Users help everyone involved in a project get out of their respective silos, and share knowledge. To learn more about this new way of doing things, sat down with Afshan Barshan, executive vice president and partner at Skender Construction and a widely recognized expert in Lean Project Delivery. Barshan was a founding member of the Lean Construction Institute Chicago Community of Practice.

What is Lean Construction?

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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