Jason Klous

Jason Klous


Jason is a Principal with LeanProject.  He grew up in the construction industry helping his dad on job sites.  His experience has evolved with all other construction-site positions in between.  His passion is work-site safety and continuous improvement and enjoys teaching and training others.

A Construction Management graduate of the University of Minnesota, Jason started his career as an apprentice carpenter working for a general contractor.  After working as a journeymen carpenter and foremen he became a project superintendent.  His experience includes large commercial office complexes for Fortune 500 companies, higher education projects, data centers, health care facilities, residential multi-use high-rises, stadiums, industrial, and facilities management.  As a LEED Accredited Professional he assisted clients in obtaining LEED certifications.

Jason worked in many large commercial construction projects and was shocked at the amount of waste that was present on the projects.  “I was disturbed by the amount of waste that was present on these projects.  Workers were forced to work in a system that was broken and inefficient.  I was concerned about the disconnect between management and the people actually doing the work.”

Jason was exposed to lean concepts while earning an MBA at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and started to apply those concepts to construction.  He started to apply lean practices on his projects and working to change the traditional management culture.  “Engaging the workers who were actually doing the value-added work on the projects lead to many improvements on how the work was done.”  Jason was one of the founding members of the Upper Midwest Lean Construction Institute Community of Practice.

Jason is also involved on the academic side of the construction industry.  He has taught classes at the Carpenters Training Center, the Association of General Contractors, and most recently as Adjunct Professor in the Construction Management department at Dunwoody College in Minneapolis, MN where he teaches a class on Lean Construction in the undergraduate program.

Jason’s experience as a carpenter foreman and as a project superintendent makes him a valuable resource when working with project teams.  He has experience using the Last Planner System as a superintendent and leading continuous improvement events with trades’ people in the field.  Jason is able to engage with the whole project team to build a culture that promotes continuous improvement and a learning culture.

In his free time, Jason enjoys playing euchre, making maple syrup, and spending time in the outdoors.  He lives in Wisconsin on a lake in the woods with his wife Amy and their four Springers.