2013 Turner Prize Recipient Announced

Words: Bronzella Cleveland

National Building Museum and Turner Construction Honor Lean Construction Institute

The National Building Museum and Turner Construction Company present the 11th Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction to Lean Construction Institute.

Lean construction is an innovative way to design and build structures that strives to create a safer workplace, reduce cost, and provide faster delivery while maintaining high quality control. The Lean Construction Institute (LCI) is at the forefront this of approach. "LCI is a natural for the Turner Prize because of the innovative thinking it has brought the construction industry in project execution," said Jan Tuchman, editor in chief, Engineering News-Record and Turner Prize jury member. "The group has had a large and positive impact in its relatively short history."

To mark the occasion, on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 LCI co-founder Greg Howell, executive director Dan Heinemeier, and board chair Victor Sanvido give a presentation titled "Faster, Better, Safer: Lean Design and Construction," demonstrating the benefits of lean construction. Following this original talk, they join a panel of property owners and builders to discuss how lean construction can shape the future of the building industry.

Panelists include:

  • Chris Jahrling, vice president, General Manager Federal Services, Turner Construction Company
  • Bill Seed, vice president, Design and Construction, Universal Health Services
  • Tom Sorley, CEO, Rosendin Electric
  • Jan Tuchman, editor in chief, Engineering News-Record (moderator)

"This is a huge honor for the Lean Construction Institute, and a truly wonderful surprise," said Heinemeier. "We extend our thanks to the National Building Museum and the jury members for this recognition of our work and the opportunities it will afford us to continue to carry forward our mission of promoting industry transformation through Lean tools and techniques."

About The Henry C. Turner Prize For Innovation In Construction

The Turner Construction Company established the Turner Prize and an endowment to support it in order to honor Henry C. Turner, who founded the company in 1902. The prize recognizes advances or high achievement in the process of construction — an invention, an innovative methodology, and/or exemplary leadership.

Past recipients include:

  • Leslie E. Robertson
  • I.M. Pei
  • Charles A. DeBenedittis
  • U.S. Green Building Council
  • Dr. Paul Teicholz
  • Gehry Partners and Gehry Technologies
  • Charles H. Thornton
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Society of Women Engineers
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