WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

OUR GOAL TO FLIP THE CURVE™.

Become part of the solution to break the cycle of waste and inefficiency, Flip The Curve™, and change the construction industry forever.

PURPOSE

FLIP THE CURVE™

Productivity in the construction industry has been declining since 1968. Pankow is committed to reversing this trend as we work to continuously improve productivity in our services - new construction, renovations and tenant improvements. Build with us, as we break the cycle of waste and inefficiency, Flip The Curve™, and change the construction industry forever.

ADMITTEDLY

It is difficult to accurately quantify and track productivity in the construction industry. The variable nature of our output and differences in delivery models, project teams, and levels of quality do not naturally lend themselves to a one-size-fits-all definition of productivity.

THE WORK HOUR EQUATION

That said, the simple concept of output per work hour is not complex. A system of measuring the productivity of the construction industry is possible and has been performed by a handful of independent groups including the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) at Stanford.

WHAT STANFORD FOUND

The data reveals that over the past 50 years, labor productivity has increased in all non-farm US industries except for construction. Corroborating this conclusion, another study going back to 1998 concluded that the real value added per employee has increased over the same time frame for all US manufacturing industries, but has decreased over that same time frame for the construction industry.

Construction & non-farm labor productivity index (1964-2003)

Constant $ of contracts / workhours of hourly workers
Sources: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Labor Statistics

THIS DOWNWORD TREND NEEDS TO FLIP

PANKOW'S COMMITMENT

WHAT WE ARE DOING

BUILDING A NIMBLE CULTURE THAT EMBRACES CHANGE

EMPOWERMENT | Our innovative culture empowers people to take control of their jobs and lives. We foster an encouraging environment that promotes self-awareness and a solutions-oriented mindset. Our project teams bring these attributes to every project.

NEW TECHNOLOGY BRINGS ADVANTAGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

ELEVATING A LEAN CULTURE | Our culture is continuously seeking to see and eliminate waste. We embrace new technologies that improve processes in our daily lives to enable faster, more effective ways to get things done. Every employee creates videos to share their Lean Improvements with the company during daily Lean Huddles. These ever-growing levels of collaboration increase productivity in all that we do.

COORDINATION AND COLLABORATION | We see Virtual Design and Construction as more than technology. We value BIM for its ability to change the way teams build, enhancing project success through increased collaboration early on. By implementing BIM, the project achieves higher levels of certainty throughout the design and construction phases. This leads to better coordination, prefabrication and more efficient layouts. Every member of the project team can stay in step with the model’s development and seamlessly share information throughout the life-cycle of the project.

REVOLUTIONIZING PROJECT DELIVERY

SHARED RISK AND SHARED REWARD | Risk-averse behaviors create an un-collaborative team culture. This lack of integration during the design and construction phases leads to more waste, major declines in productivity, and less value added to the project. Shared-risk and shared-reward project delivery places the focus on value-add activities. This ideology fosters innovation as team members work together toward a common goal.

FILLING THE DEEP DEFICIT IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY RESEARCH

ADVANCING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION | The Charles Pankow Foundation stands alone as the only privately funded organization in the U.S. focused on funding research made available to the public domain to advance design and construction. It has funded more than 50 research grants totaling more than $10 million in direct investment, plus attracting another $3 million from several partners.

Flip The Curve™

WHAT DOES FLIP THE CURVE™ MEAN FOR YOU?

LEADING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY ON YOUR PROJECT | Gone is the need for paper-based documentation. Drawings and coordination models can be viewed on-site, in real-time. We use digital mobile processes that eliminate inefficiencies in field-to-office communications. Issues can be tackled in the field and updated to the master-set, eliminating excess motion and time in the process.

A LEAN EVALUATION OF YOUR PROJECT | We are experts in pre-fabrication and modular solutions. We identify opportunities to integrate these solutions in to your project. Off-site prefabrication creates flexibility and customization that result in earlier guarantees and certainty of outcome.

PROJECT DELIVERY REVOLUTIONIZED BY YOU | Every project is unique. We use value stream mapping to identify your project’s goals and desired outcomes to uncover ways to maximize value on your project. As founders of DBIA and leaders in Integrated Project Delivery, we are committed to teaming with our clients to create the next Project Delivery game changer for the industry.

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