Press Release: 10.14.2019

McCarthy Director Felipe Engineer-Manriquez Honored with the Lean Construction Institute Chairman’s Award

Headshot of Felipe Engineer-Manriquez

Felipe Engineer-Manriquez, McCarthy Lean Director, will receive the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) Chairman’s Award for his contributions to the Institute and the design and construction industry as a whole. This award recognizes the unique contributions of individuals whose service to LCI and its programs has been particularly noteworthy and impactful over an extended period.

As Lean Director, Felipe works to promote the implementation of Lean continuous improvement principles within McCarthy, as well as among project participants across the industry. A certified Scrum Master, he has been a true pioneer in bringing scrum concepts most closely associated with software development into the design and construction industry — adding a completely new dimension to LCI’s education programs.

“Felipe brings tremendous passion and enthusiasm to all that he does. He has an infectious enthusiasm for spreading the word about the benefits of Lean Design and Construction. His dedication to continuously improving our industry shines forth in every presentation he makes. Beyond the strides he has made in promoting the use of Lean techniques within McCarthy, he enthusiastically applies his gifts in educating and public speaking toward transforming our industry as a whole.” — LCI Executive Director Dan Heinemeier

Felipe also served on the leadership team for LCI’s annual Congress meeting, leading its Learning Days program while encouraging adoption of new approaches to improve the planning process. He also has served in a leadership role to plan, execute and facilitate a series of national LCI workshops. He currently is working to establish an entirely new LCI Community of Practice to promote adoption of Lean Design and Construction in the St. Louis construction market.

“As a nationally recognized LCI Instructor, Felipe teaches at forums across the country,” Heinemeier said. “He consistently contributes materials for the further development of our educational programs, a body of knowledge that will continue to serve our industry for years to come.

“Felipe’s past and continuing contributions will stand as a lasting legacy within our industry, and for that reason he is a hugely deserving recipient of this year’s award.”

Felipe will be honored with the LCI Chairman’s Award on Oct. 17 during the 21st Annual LCI Congress (Oct. 14-18) in Fort Worth, Texas.


About McCarthy

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 12th largest domestic general builder (Engineering News-Record, May 2019). With approximately 3,700 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis; Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100-percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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