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5S Makes Jobsites Safer, Cleaner and More Productive

October 03, 2018 By Senior Superintendent, Mark Jagiello – published in Construction Superintendent

The 17-story Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel, under construction in downtown Chicago, Illinois, recently topped off six weeks ahead of schedule and with 293 days and 90,000 work hours without an injury. While Mortenson implemented an array of innovative techniques to reach this milestone safely and ahead of schedule, the Lean approach known as 5S played a critical role.​

…With 5S, jobsites are cleaner and less cluttered, creating a work environment that expedites the project and allows trades to improve their performance and job satisfaction. "Compared to other hotels we've worked on, the Home2 Suites project is far and away the cleanest, most organized and fastest site. The trades are moving at lightning speed," said Andrew D. Yonkus, P.E., LEED AP, vice president of State Mechanical, the project's Design-Build HVAC contractor. "This approach has been a huge help to State Mechanical in managing risk and being able to maintain productivity in the field."

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