LCI Community of Practice

Chicago, IL

Welcome to the LCI Chicago Community of Practice (CoP) website! The LCI Chicago CoP hopes to continue to act as the premier forum where area Lean thought leaders, practitioners and enthusiasts openly share experiences, best practices and lessons learned; thus transforming the design and construction projects that are delivered throughout Chicago and the Midwest. LCI Chicago CoP core members strive to be the force that leads the design and construction industry to a new paradigm of high-performance collaboration.

CoP Highlights

Bob Krier Award Night

Each year, the Chicago CoP recognizes an individual, a Company or a Project Team that has moved the design and construction industry forward by advancing Lean as an Operating System at our annual Bob Krier Award Night. The award is based on implementation of Lean design, construction tools and techniques, innovation in implementing Lean tools and its impact on the community. Stay tuned for information regarding the nomination process for our 2022 award!

Lean Construction Golf Outing

This year’s LCI Chicago CoP Lean Construction Golf Outing to benefit the Bob Krier Scholarship was on June 20, 2022. Foursomes included representatives from each of the four disciplines: Owner, Architect/Engineer, General Contractor, and Trade Partner. A special set of Lean Rules and Awards made this golf outing truly unique!

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LCI Chicago Student CoP

The LCI Chicago Student Community of Practice is the mainstay for student organizations at Northwestern University, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Illinois State University interested in the implementation and advancement of Lean in the greater Chicagoland area. The LCI Chicago CoP is focused on providing our Student Community of Practice with valuable learning, event, and networking opportunities to introduce students to Lean design and construction principles and to prepare students to become leaders in the industry.

Scholarship Opportunities

2022 Bob Krier and Tim Vander Molen Scholarship: This year, our Chicago CoP is pleased to announce that we will be awarding three (3) scholarships for higher education Design & Construction discipline students enrolled full-time in trade school, community college or university degree programs in Illinois or Indiana. Learn more about scholarship criteria and download the application HERE. Applications are due October 14th and the winners will be recognized at our Bob Krier Award Night this fall.

Scholarship Award Announcement

The Chicago CoP is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2021 Bob Krier Scholarship - Hannah Lux and Karl Eid! Hannah and Karl will be recognized at our annual LCI Chicago CoP Golf Outing on June 20, 2022. Congratulations and continued success on your Lean Journey!

Student CoP Partners

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Leader Contact: Antoine Menassa
Illinois State University
Leader Contact: Jason Love
Northwestern University
Leader Contact: Ratna Kunwar
Illinois Institute of Technology
Leader Contact: Steve Nargang

Core Members

Chicago CoP
  • Leader - John Zachara, Integrated Facilities Solutions, Inc.
  • Vice Leader - Anthony Camasta, The Hill Group
  • Events Leader - Jenny Han, The Boldt Company
  • Events Vice Leader - Christine Strom, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
  • Marketing Leader - Sean Hill, Glass Solutions, Inc.
  • Marketing Vice Leader - Mark Lomeda, Wight & Company
  • Education Leader - Brad Wigh, The Boldt Company
  • Education Vice Leader - Travis Kuehner, Advocate Aurora Health
  • Recruitment Leader - Ken Bauwens, Jamerson & Bauwens
  • Lean Coffee Leader - Dan Keaveney, Gilbane, Inc.
  • Lean Coffee Vice Leader - Brian Garcea, RG Construction

Annual Sponsors

The Chicago CoP would like to thank our 2022 sustaining sponsors whose contribution help fund local events and workshops to promote awareness and adoption of Lean.

Chicago’s CoP Sustaining Sponsors (2022)

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Field Crew Huddle

Explore the Field Crew Huddle website to see how community of practice members are contributing to a platform for sharing methods, improvements and lessons learned on project sites or shops. Want to be featured? Now accepting submissions.

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Upcoming Local Events


A Virtual Lean Coffee (Chicago CoP)

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Upcoming National Events


WEBINAR: LCI Course - Principles of Target Value Delivery (TVD)