Lean Lessons from Paint Shop Construction & How They Can Be Applied to All Projects - (Michigan CoP)

May 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (under construction)
May 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Eastern Time Zone
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Breaking down silos and disrupting the norm in automotive manufacturing, by fully integrating facility construction and process equipment. This equals Lean: faster, better, cheaper. In “Lean Lessons From Paint Shop Construction & How They Can Be Applied to All Projects,” by examining the recently completed Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) Mack Avenue Paint Shop constructed in Detroit. Using 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 you see the benefits of the design-build process and why all industrial and manufacturing projects can benefit from this, versus the conventional silo style design-bid-build delivery method. As part of Detroit’s first General Assembly automotive plant in over 30 years, the FCA Mack Avenue Paint Shop offers a number of lessons in Lean design and construction that can be applied 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. You can expect to gain knowledge with actionable insight of how to further streamline building construction and process equipment installation on your next project.


  • Romano Curti, Barton Malow has Over 30 years of Automotive experience in Manufacturing and Construction. Manufacturing experience in Stamping, Molded Components, Body Weld, Assembly and Powertrain. Construction service experiences of building facilities and equipment installation, for all Automotive manufacturing facilities, R&D and testing
  • Mike Swiatkowski, Ghafari  has 30 + years of Automotive experience in process engineering and architectural engineering in Stamping, Body Weld, Paint Shop, Assembly, Battery, EV and Powertrain Facilities.