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Empire state building project: Archetype of "mass construction"

Sacks, R and Partouche, R (2010) Empire state building project: Archetype of "mass construction". Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 136. pp. 702-710. ISSN 0733-9364

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Analysis of historical projects, with the dual benefits of hindsight and modern concepts of construction systems, can help fill the gaps in our theoretical understanding of production in construction, which have increasingly been identified as a barrier to progress in improving construction project management. The richness of the historical record describing construction of the Empire State Building provides a unique opportunity to analyze and compare it with the paradigms of craft, industrialized, and lean construction. Its size and its record rate of construction, which has not been broken since for tall buildings, make it of prime interest. The project progress was reconstructed using line-of-balance software and its different flows were assessed. The results lead to the conclusion that it is an archetypal example of what we propose be called "mass construction." This enables a richer understanding of the taxonomy of production systems in construction, and should aid theoreticians and practitioners alike to devise better production systems for construction projects. © 2010 ASCE.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div D > Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 22 May 2020 21:08
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2021 07:03
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000162