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How 2-Second Lean is Changing Site Culture

Many people have started to hear the term “2-second Lean”; some have gone one-step further and tried to see how it works with a construction team. Here at Chandos construction, working side by side with Dennis Cuku of Oil Country Engineering, we have been implementing a change in mentality and culture on the construction site. There are many different ways and stages to implement this change; the simplest of them, one that everyone can do, is the 2-second Lean Win.

The whole idea behind the 2-second Lean Win is to fix what bugs you in your day-to-day activity. This could be as simple as strapping a felt to your helmet to avoid digging around in your tool belt, or as complicated as building a rack for your lift to hold your drills and screws so you don’t have to bend all the way down to the basket floor or, again, dig in your tool belt. If you speak to a construction worker and ask what bugs them, you can get a day’s worth of answers, but it’s a very rare occasion that you ever hear someone ask them to fix what bugs them. Here at the Mosaic Centre, we insist that they fix it. Minimize your down time, work efficiently, and begin to enjoy that task you’ve been doing for, potentially, so many years.

As you might have heard, we are utilizing an IPD contract style, which gives ownership to every member of the team involved in delivering The Mosaic Centre. This sense of liability and responsibility has motivated everyone to work smarter, saving time and effort for themselves and, ultimately, reducing the cost of labour.

The biggest part of how we have been implementing this with everyone is to keep it fun, and to always keep in mind that all you need to do is fix what bugs you!

Dayton Savard, Project Coordinator, Chandos

Dayton is a project coordinator with Chandos construction, having been placed on this job to alleviate some of the workload from the superintendant. With a background in Mechanical and Civil Construction, he is constantly monitoring and coordinating tasks on site for the project manager. His day-to-day work can include material ordering, tracking labour, promoting lean construction, and monitoring the schedule.

As his first project with Chandos, Dayton is honoured to be part of the Mosaic Centre build and to help it achieve Leed Platinum certification and meet the requirements for the Living Building Challenge.

Dayton enjoys music (having been a musician for the last 14 years) working out, and has plans to travel the world.

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