The Lean Builder: A Builder’s Guide to Applying Lean Tools in the Field Receives Shingo Publication Award

We're proud to share that The Shingo Institute has given their prestigious Publication Award to our COO, Keyan Zandy and his co-author Joe Donarumo for their book, The Lean Builder: A Builder’s Guide to Applying Lean Tools in the Field. The Lean Builder presents Lean processes and principles in a character-driven and easy to read novel format with practical scenarios that any construction project team can relate... read more

Construction Executive Magazine Features “Flipping the Script: Strong Partnerships Between Trades and General Contractors”

The current condition of the construction industry is broken, by many accounts. Work is heavily commoditized and contractors are pushing themselves and their teams to do more with less—working faster, for less money, on increasingly complex projects. Skilled craftsmen are rarer, and the labor shortage is severely impacting productivity across the country. If contractors want to attract new talent and bring more... read more

Tell a Story, Build a Better Project for The Zweig Letter

The next time you have a critical project or important concept to communicate, forget the jargon and consider telling a story. Since biblical times, when parables communicated religious philosophy, stories have been used to engage audiences and help them comprehend even the most difficult or esoteric of concepts. More recently, fables have been used to communicate management principles. For example, The Goal by... read more

Skiles Group Wins 2020 Distinguished Building Award

Skiles Group is honored to have won first place in this year’s TEXO’s Distinguished Building Awards competition in the General Contractor- Health Care 3 (Over $30 M) category for the Methodist Richardson Medical Center Vertical Expansion & Parking Garage project. Congratulations to all of the winning teams and projects, which can be viewed on TEXO's Facebook... read more

Medical Construction & Design: Vertical Expansion Unveiled at Methodist Richardson Hospital

Vertical Expansion Unveiled at Methodist Richardson Hospital Methodist Richardson Medical Center in Texas unveiled its vertical expansion with a grand opening ceremony in December 2019. During the project, two new floors were added to the already existing hospital, which stayed open and operational throughout. The addition totaled 104,000 square feet. The $85-million expansion adds 150 all-private, acute... read more

Construction Best Practices Magazine: How To Implement Lean on Your Projects

As a field-focused lean practitioner, I’m often asked for my thoughts around the most effective way to implement lean methodologies on a construction project. Here’s a quick “how-to,” outlining the benefits of lean construction tools and processes, with an emphasis on their practical application to improve communication and workflow. Step One: Move to a Daily Huddle Are your subcontractor/field... read more

Dara Davulcu Joins Zweig Group’s Inaugural 2020 ElevateHer™ Cohort

Dara Davulcu, our Director of Marketing, has been accepted as a member of Zweig Group's 2020 ElevateHer™ cohort—"a special task force comprised of individuals with a commitment to promote diversity as a means to combat recruiting and retention challenges in AEC." Skiles Group shares and supports Zweig Group's mission to elevate the industry, and we're proud to have a staff member join this groundbreaking... read more

Construction Executive Magazine: Evolving the Trade Partner Relationship

Construction’s current evolution sees the introduction of futuristic technologies, such as drones and augmented reality, that are radically shaping the way projects are built and delivered to clients. And yet, in other ways, the industry is stuck in the stone age. One such dinosaur is the existing template for the general contractor/trade partner dynamic, which is one of adversaries, not allies. There are... read more

Methodist Richardson Medical Center celebrates grand opening of two-story expansion

"Methodist Richardson Medical Center held a grand opening for its $85 million vertical expansion Dec. 18. The project added two floors to the building and 150 patient rooms as well as additional pre-operation rooms and a seven-story parking garage. Crews broke ground in January 2018 and completed the project Dec. 18, according to Methodist Richardson Medical Center President Ken Hutchenrider. The 22-month project... read more