Turnaround in Houston

by William F. Larson, Vice Pres., Engrg.; Molded Fiber Glass Concrete Forms, Union City, PA,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 1, Pg. 70-71


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Simply implementing the suggestions of the workers building a 14-story garage in Houston, turned a disaster in the making into a project ahead of schedule and under budget. The work force was divided into specialized crews devoted to single aspects of the job, so they never came to abrupt stops when faced with switching to a completely different system. Suggestions from the men, such as replacing fixed wheels with casters on carts, added up to improved productivity and morale. A time-lapse photography study revealed additional places where productivity could be increased. The increased productivity made up the eight week deficit in the schedule, and the contractor actually completed the job a week ahead of schedule.

Subject Headings: Parking facilities | Productivity | Construction management | Labor relations

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