About Lean IPD

Lean IPD was founded in 2016 with the goal of sharing information and best practices in order to further the use of Lean Construction, Integrated Project Delivery and Building Information Modeling to ultimately improve outcomes in Design and Construction of capital projects.

The site is managed by James Pease acting as executive editor with the support of an accomplished Advisory Board.

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Mike Staun is Procter & Gamble’s Engineering AD for Global Capital Management. He is responsible for ensuring the Company’s $3.5 billion annual capital budget is spent wisely and effectively. Mike knows that for P&G to win versus competition they need greater value from their capital investments. That’s why he’s championing Lean Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).  Mike sees all major P&G projects eventually being done under a Master IFOA with trusted Engineering & Construction partners following Lean principles and practices. Mike graduated from Cornell University with a BSME, M.Eng. and MBA.

David MacNeel is a Lean Construction coach and the founder of On Point Lean Consulting.  He started the firm after a 20-year career in field operations with Baker Concrete Construction, an ENR Top 20 specialty contractor.  MacNeel has coached over 300 project teams across the U.S. and internationally in Lean thinking, Last Planner® System, and Integrated Project Delivery.  He is a regular presenter at the national and regional levels for the Lean Construction Institute.   MacNeel holds a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from the University of Cincinnati.

Jessica Kelley started her career with Southland Industries as a Project Manager, designing and managing design-build-operate projects. From there, she had the opportunity to support and manage Southland’s ERP selection and implementation process before moving on to build the Learning and Development Department. From the start of her career, Jessica has been actively involved in the lean construction community. In her latest role as the Operational Excellence Manager, she utilizes her past experiences with lean tools and processes to drive efficiency and improvements internally at Southland, on projects, and in the industry as a whole.

Renee Cheng, FAIA, is a nationally renowned Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota.  Educated at Harvard College and Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cheng has been recognized for education excellence including twice honored as one of the top 25 most admired design educators in the United States by DesignIntelligence.  She continues to develop award-winning curricula at the School of Architecture, including directing the MS in Research Practices and Consortium for Research Practices which together advances research culture, diversity and leadership.  Cheng has pioneered research surrounding the intersection of design and emerging technologies including adoption of IPD, BIM and Lean.

Howard Ashcraft has led in the development and use of Integrated Project Delivery in the United States, Canada and abroad.  Over the past decade, his team has structured over 125 pure IPD projects and worked on many highly-integrated projects.  He co-authored the AIACC’s Integrated Project Delivery: A Working Definition, the AIA’s IPD Guide and the text published by Wiley earlier this year, Integrating Project Delivery.  A partner in the San Francisco law firm of Hanson Bridgett, he is an elected a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers and an Honourary Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers and is an Honorary Member of AIA California Council.  In addition to his practice, he serves as an Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University.

Eric Ahlstrom is Lean Leader & Senior Manager Engineering Projects at Amgen, one of the world’s largest biotech companies. During his tenure with Amgen he has delivered projects throughout the Americas and Asia. He currently leads implementation of Lean Construction with well over a dozen IFOA projects completed and more underway.  Prior to his career in project management, Eric led Lean transformation in manufacturing.  Many of the Lean approaches that worked in production, such as JIT, Kaizen, and integrated teams, he has effectively translated into the construction environment.   Mr. Ahlstrom has a degree in Industrial Engineering and a MBA. 

Romano Nickerson is a healthcare architect and principal with Boulder Associates Architects.  He is a passionate advocate for Lean design and project management.  Nickerson has presented at Lean Construction Institute's annual Congress, the Lean Design Forum, the Associated General Contractors of America Lean Forum, the Planetree National Convention and at local Community of Practice (CoP) meetings of LCI across the country.  Nickerson serves as the LCI representative to the AGC Lean Sub-forum and co-authored a paper entitled "Production Control Principles" for the International Group for Lean Construction.

Klas Berghede is a Senior Production Manager with The Boldt Company.  He has been a leader in Construction and Integrated Lean Project Delivery since 2007 and with his career in the manufacturing and product design industry since 1998.  Berghede is working with numerous professional and research oriented entities to pioneer the industrialization of production planning and delivery in the construction industry throughout the USA, Europe and South America.  Berghede is currently responsible for the Production Planning of a $2.5B, 1M sf  Hospital project in downtown San Francisco and various other large cap construction projects in the USA.

James Pease is focused on improving outcomes in the Design and Construction Industry with Lean and Integrated Project Delivery.

Executive Editor

James Pease

James Pease is currently working with a California based Healthcare System to deliver a $6.5 billion capital program.

He leads teams using Lean Integrated Project Delivery to build projects in excess of $650M.  He develops ground-up medical centers, tenant improvements and mission critical infrastructure.

James is a past chairman of the Lean Construction Institute’s (LCI) Northern California Community of Practice and is a founding member of the California Chapter of the Construction Owner’s Association of America (COAA).  He is a frequent speaker and lean coach, focused on furthering Lean Integrated Project Delivery in the design and construction industry.

James is a licensed CA general contractor and has a BS in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego.

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