3P Process to Improve CCHMC Small Projects Delivery
October 14, 2014 | Eric Erpenbeck, Head of Central Utilities Group
In April 2014, F&H was invited by Messer Construction to participate in a workshop aimed at redesigning the “small project” renovation process for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). The workshop was based on lean manufacturing principals better known as 3P (Production Process Preparation) and aimed at reducing administrative waste and improving speed to market all while maintaining CCHMC’s high standards of quality and care.
3P principles expand beyond the incremental improvement of processes (better known as kaizen) and instead focus on revolutionary changes that can improve performance and eliminate waste within the existing process. The workshop was attended by a diverse group of small project team companies (including Triversity Construction, Messer Construction, Fosdick & Hilmer, GBBN Architects, Kolar Design, and Peck Hanniford and Briggs) in a three week creative process to identify alternative ways to meet the customer’s needs using different process designs. The team focused on developing a new process intended to meet objectives laid out by CCHMC key personnel as well as the multi-disciplinary participants.
The final process resulted in six key project phases and is intended to facilitate real-time communication within the small projects team as well as CCHMC; improve the understanding and impacts of scope, budget, and schedule; and improve construction methods to eliminate rework. The new process was rolled out in July 2014 and is expected to significantly improve the small projects delivery to CCHMC.