Utility Contractors’ Association of New England (UCANE) Features Triumph’s Mobile Office Big Room in May Issue of Construction Outlook
The Utility Contractors’ Association of New England (UCANE) is comprised of over 250 major contractors and associated businesses who perform underground utility construction projects in Massachusetts and throughout New England. A longstanding member of the Association, Triumph has provided field offices and storage products for projects that have supported Massachusetts utilities for nearly two decades. Triumph was honored to be selected as UCANE’s May Associate Member of the Month and to be included in the accompanying feature in the Association’s trade publication, Construction Outlook.
The feature chronicled Triumph’s Lean journey, which began in 2015 after Triumph’s President Cliff Cort attended a seminar hosted by the Lean Construction Institute. The Lean philosophies of eliminating waste while striving for continuous improvement aligned with Triumph’s mission of elevating the design and performance of temporary and permanent modular buildings. Since embarking on our Lean journey, Triumph has improved its production area by employing the Lean 5S process which includes: sorting, straightening, shining, standardizing and sustaining. The end result was a clear division into six distinct zones with every item labeled and put in a logical place. Along with organizing the work space, movement of employees was tracked to determine where to place items and tools to reduce unnecessary movement and boost efficiency. Further, standardized processes were developed to get office trailers ready, which enforces consistency and strict adherence to quality standards.
Triumph has also embraced the Lean methodology of Visual Management, which is defined as “the placement in plain view of all tools, parts, production activities, and indicators of production system performance so the status of the system can be understood at a glance by everyone involved.” Examples include status boards for the construction and estimating departments to allow for close monitoring of the status of milestone activities. Triumph team members can walk by the boards and have a clear understanding of what projects are in construction and how far along Triumph is in the process.
Triumph’s latest offering, the mobile office “Big Room,” was inspired by our adoption of the Lean philosophy. Triumph designed its own modular office space, which includes a large conference room and white walls with dry erase surfaces, to encourage team building and collaboration. Upon experiencing the benefits of white boards and visual management tools, it was a logical next step for Triumph to provide collaborative spaces to its customers. With wide open work spaces featuring large white boards and ample natural light as the foundation, Triumph incorporated additional features that are characteristic of Class A office space and the mobile office “Big Room” was created. The “Big Room” allows for an entire project team; architects, engineers, contractors and subcontractors to collaborate to design, plan and construct a project. This collaboration has been instrumental in Triumph’s successful management of multifaceted projects, which is why Triumph is excited to introduce this innovative space to the market.
Read the entire feature about Triumph’s Lean journey and the “Big Room” in the May issue of Construction Outlook here:
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