October 22, 2020
12:05 PM – 12:40 PM EDT
22nd LCI Congress: A Virtual Event

Lean Lessons from Paint Shop Construction + How They Can Be Applied to All Projects

Breaking down silos and disrupting the norm in automotive manufacturing by fully integrating facility construction and process equipment equals Lean: faster, better, cheaper. In this virtual LCI Congress breakout session – “Lean Lessons from Paint Shop Construction + How They Can Be Applied to All Projects” – we’ll examine the recently completed Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) Mack Avenue Paint Shop constructed in Detroit.

Via the design-build delivery method, the Barton Malow-Ghafari-Giffin team worked together to complete the 800,000-SF project in a fast-track, 16-month timeframe, from shovel in the ground to the first produced vehicle. We’ll compare this delivery method to alternative methods to truly help attendees understand the benefits of the design-build process and why all industrial and manufacturing projects can benefit from this approach versus the conventional, siloed design-bid-build delivery.

As part of Detroit’s first general assembly automotive plant in about 30 years, the FCA Mack Avenue Paint Shop offers a number of lessons in Lean design and construction that attendees can apply to any manufacturing or industrial project – from overcoming the challenges of an aggressive schedule by utilizing a collaborative process / facility design approach to single-point continuity. Attendees can expect to return to their firms with actionable insight on how to further streamline building and process efforts on their next project.


  • Mike Swiatkowski – Senior Vice President, Ghafari
  • Romano Curti – Director, Barton Malow
  • Tyler Ostrom – Group Sales Manager, Giffin
  • Peter Ukstins – Lean Champion, AXA XL North America Construction