LCI Recognizes Michael Bade with the Prestigious 2017 Pioneer Award

LCI Recognizes Michael Bade with the Prestigious 2017 Pioneer Award

Each year, the Lean Construction Institute’s Board of Directors selects an exceptional individual or organization to receive LCI’s prestigious Pioneer Award. The award is granted annually to those who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the advancement and implementation of Lean tools and techniques on capital construction projects. As such, LCI would like to congratulate this year’s winner, Michael Bade, from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).Michael Bade is currently the Associate Vice Chancellor of Capital Programs at UCSF. His passion for Lean design and construction started after a 12-year stay in Tokyo, Japan, where he was exposed to cutting-edge practices in building technology, design-build project delivery and construction quality. Mr. Bade was a previous Chairman of the Board at the Lean Construction Institute and has held similar leadership positions for other organizations like the San Francisco Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the California council of the AIA.

“Mr. Michael Bade has been a leading pioneer in not only transforming UCSF capital projects using Lean construction, but also in educating and bringing awareness of the benefits of Lean practices and tools to the national and international stage,” says LCI’s executive director Dan Heinemeier. “He has continued to be a passionate voice in the Lean community and his contributions are numerous and invaluable.”

At UCSF, Mr. Bade has completed a number of third generation Lean design-build agreements for major clinical buildings and labs in the public sector. He and his team of Lean-minded professionals have also collaborated with project managers and owners to implement a comprehensive system of Lean design and construction performance metrics for both design-build and construction management at risk contracts.

Bade was also a key member in a research team led by leading architecture firm Perkins+Will. This 8-year project focused on UCSF workplace design, and resulted in creating a data-driven design process that creates check-adjust feedback loops for continuous improvement of common workplace design strategies. The research plan went through the UCSF Institutional Review Board for human subject research and will be published in the near future.

Michael Bade has led various national and international conferences on the topics of Lean design practices and technology. Currently, Mr. Bade has oversight responsibility for more than 140 current capital projects and a program commitment of more than $2.7 billion over 10 years.

About Lean Construction Institute: Founded in 1997, LCI is a non-profit, membership-based organization with a vision to transform the built environment through Lean implementation. With common language, fundamental principles and basic practices, LCI aims to increase stakeholder satisfaction and project delivery value. The design and construction industry’s productivity level has remained nearly stagnant in 50 years as other industries thrive, but LCI sets out to improve the industry by facilitating continuous education through their Transforming Design and Construction book series, Lean instructional training courses and the annual LCI Congress and Design Forum. LCI advocates for using a variety of tools and techniques that help promote collaborative planning, waste elimination and work-site safety. For more information, please visit