The manufacturing industry has experienced significant productivity, quality and innovation improvements over the past twenty years. LIFTbuild® began through adopting a manufacturing systems approach to the entire design, procurement and assembly process for building construction. This vertical manufacturing approach allows us to reduce complexity, increases assembly efficiency and minimizes variability in the delivery process.


To achieve the necessary delivery performance improvements, our approach transforms three key areas of needed change:

All of these areas are engaged and leveraged within our patented LIFTbuild® program delivery process. Globally, construction labor-productivity growth averaged 1% per year over the past two decades, compared with 2.8% for the world economy and 3.6% for manufacturing. In the United States, since 1945, while productivity in manufacturing, retail and agriculture has grown by 1,500%, construction’s increase has been negligible.

Examples of innovation suggest that enabling seven areas simultaneously could boost productivity by 50 to 60 percent (McKinsey, “Route to Higher Productivity,” 2017). They are:

  • Reshape regulation
  • Rewire the contractual framework to reshape industry dynamics
  • Rethink design and engineering processes
  • Improve procurement and supply-chain management
  • Improve on-site execution
  • Infuse digital technology, new materials, and advanced automation
  • Reskill the workforce

Rethinking Construction: Utilizing a Manufacturing Approach

LIFTbuild® is a unique building approach which is enhanced through trade secret assets and patented technology. The building structure consists of concrete structural spines and steel-framed decks for roof and floors. All deck assembly is done at ground level. Once the deck has been assembled, the exterior façade and selected systems are installed.

Prefabricated sub-assemblies are placed prior to the completed floor deck assembly being raised and locked into its final position. The fit-out is accomplished in a fully-enclosed and conditioned space while the floors below continue to be built. This maximizes potential savings on schedule and budget while providing a safe and productive work environment.

Depth of Resources

LIFTbuild® is a member of the Barton Malow family of companies. With Barton Malow’s long-term goal to double efficiency by its 100th anniversary in 2024, an investment was made to acquire the LIFT technology. Now, LIFTbuild has the strength, resources and operating structure for continued development and success.