Seth Koneczny appointed as a designer at ecs

ecs welcomes new employee, Seth Koneczny!

Seth Koneczny joined ecs this week as a Designer that will work with our engineering teaSeth Konecznym. He will work on all phases of arc flash projects and provide design support. In addition, he is immersing himself in our procedures and will be vetting them for understanding and ease-of-use as well as providing feedback for continuous improvement.

Seth began an internship with Parsons in 2013 and returned to our program during the summers of 2015 and 2016. After completing his education at North Dakota State University, he is excited to start his career with ecs.

In his free time, he enjoys longboarding, running, and backpacking with friends. He has a passion for electronics and technology and spends a good deal of time tinkering with various projects. We are happy to welcome Seth to our team!

 

 

Lean Design and Construction at the University of Nebraska

ecs Division Manager Tearinie Arhip and Parsons Lean Executive Director Perry Thompson, in partnership with Project Director Dean Woodley of CBRE, visited the University of Nebraska Lincoln at Omaha to discuss Lean culture in the construction industry. The class was comprised of students in their last year within the university’s Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction program.

Focusing on the spirit of Lean culture, Tearinie and Perry explored Lean tools with the class that foster and practice that culture, for example the Parsons Planning System, 8 Wastes, 5 ‘S’ and the Plan-Do-Check-Act mindset. Sprinkling in real-life stories and examples, their goal was to demonstrate Lean tools and Lean culture at work.

“We shared stories of how General Contractors and other trades are asking about our planning system which was developed from the Last Planner System (LPS),” Perry explained.

Tearinie added, “Lean design and construction is developing a continuous improvement culture to maximize value and minimize waste on our projects. It’s important to learn this [culture] now because projects’ scope, budgets, and schedules are continually challenged and lean culture helps address those constraints. If we weren’t utilizing these principles, we’d fall behind.”

“The excitement of these future leaders showed how Lean practices can change how construction is done,” Perry continued. Thank you to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and Dr. Stuart Berstein’s class for welcoming Parsons and for sharing their passion for construction. Thank you to Dean Woodley for partnering with us on this endeavor to share Lean culture and principles.

University of Nebraska Lincoln at Omaha

 

 

 

 

Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction programLean Design and Construction at the University of Nebraska

ecs Team Training

Yesterday, the ecs group met for team training that included CPR training, first aid, AED defibrillator training, and crises management. It was an excellent education day for all. Check out a few photos below.

CPR training

First Aid, AED defibrillator training

ecs Team Training