Friday, December 8, 2023

In today's fast-paced construction industry, speed is the name of the game. Recognizing the importance of time and resource optimization, Ruby+Associates proudly unveils, a new website about our groundbreaking steel design and detailing process. LeanSteel® is an innovative approach that redefines the steel construction process, making it faster, efficient, and more cost-effective.

What is LeanSteel®?

LeanSteel® is not just another construction buzzword; it represents a commitment to providing a unique solution for design-build projects, encapsulated in the slogan Design.Build.Better. At its core, LeanSteel® is a seamless approach to steel design and detailing. It shrinks the traditional process timeline, starting from the schematic design phase and extending through to the construction document phase, creating an efficient and integrated workflow. LeanSteel® minimizes the time and knowledge lost with traditional team member handoffs, and enhances project delivery.

The secret to LeanSteel's success lies in our role as the Structural Engineer of Record (SEOR), where Ruby handles design, detailing, provides connection design, and generates a steel shop fabrication model alongside the necessary drawings. Unlike the conventional approach, where multiple entities work independently, often leading to lost insights and time delays, LeanSteel® keeps the entire process under the guidance of Ruby+Associates.

Why LeanSteel®?

LeanSteel® confronts the inherent inefficiency of multiple hand-offs in a traditional project delivery head-on by consolidating the design and detailing process under a single entity – Ruby+Associates, eliminating unnecessary time and knowledge waste. The same engineer who initiates the project during the schematic design phase remains with it throughout, shepherding the entire process to provide a complete model for the steel fabricator. With LeanSteel®, our deliverable goes beyond a mere set of drawings; it includes a fully coordinated and detailed model that simplifies the construction journey.

Tricia Ruby, CEO of Ruby+Associates, expressed her enthusiasm, saying, "LeanSteel® is a game-changer in the fields of structural engineering and steel construction. It is our response to the industry's need for efficiency and optimization. We are proud to introduce this innovative approach that promises to transform the steel construction experience, making it more efficient, cost-effective, and streamlined for our clients."

LeanSteel® is an approach that helps design-build clients overcome the challenges and inefficiencies of traditional steel design and delivery. With Ruby+Associates leading the way from start to finish, project delivery is more efficient, cost-effective, and streamlined. 

For more information about LeanSteel® and how it can benefit your construction project, please visit To inquire about the LeanSteel® process and its applicability to your project, visit the "Contact Us" section on the website or email us:


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