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World of Modular's top-notch educational breakout sessions equip industry professionals with the latest knowledge in every facet of the commercial modular construction business. Learn new skills and techniques, find ways to operate more efficiently, and improve yourself and your business—for the knowledge you need to finish each job better, faster, smarter and more profitably—we've got you covered.  


Keynote Speakers | Breakout Sessions  



KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Waldo Waldman

Decorated Fighter Pilot and Leadership Expert
Friday, March 23 | 9:00am-10:00am

Never Fly Solo


Flying solo in business? You might think so. But take a good look around. You have support staff, co-workers, and managers. You have suppliers, vendors, and distributors. And you have colleagues, family, and significant others. In today's super-charged, highly competitive world of rapid and constant change, those who build trust and work as a team will dodge the missiles of business and win. By committing yourself to excellence and placing trust in others, you can overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and break performance barriers during adverse times. By placing trust in your wingmen and by being a wingman to your clients, partners, and co-workers, there is no business mission you can't complete!
Waldo overcame a lifelong battle with claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a highly decorated fighter pilot with over 65 real world combat missions. His experience both in the military and business have taught him that success is about camaraderie, courage, and a commitment to excellence. This keynote is not about relating combat tactics to winning in business. It's about focusing on what really matters in business – building high performance, trusting teams, and fully serving your customers and co-workers. It's about winning with integrity in highly competitive environments through disciplined training, dedicated teamwork, and courageous leadership.


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Steffen Fuchs

McKinsey & Company
Saturday, March 24 | 10:00am -11:00am

Reinventing Construction


McKinsey research finds that the construction industry could increase its productivity by a transformative five-to-tenfold if it were to move to a manufacturing-like system of mass production. This session will explore what's achievable if the industry were to execute a lean philosophy, standardize its product offerings, and modularize its designs to allow for manufacturing at scale. Steffen leads McKinsey's global work in capital productivity with a focus on digital and innovation. He works across multiple regions, including North and South America, Asia, and Europe. An expert in capability building, Steffen helps executives design comprehensive talent strategies, transforming their organizations through a talent-led approach to best-in-class practices in operations while delivering substantial financial improvement. 



Anirban Basu

Economic Trends Expert
Sunday, March 25 | 9:30am-10:30am

Construction Drivers & Trends in 2018


Economist Anirban Basu returns to World of Modular to offer an informative and entertaining forecast for the construction marketplace. Basu is chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group, a consulting firm in Baltimore, MD, and is one of the most recognizable economists in and around Washington, DC. He provides policy and economic consulting for numerous clients including developers, bankers, brokerage houses, energy suppliers, and law firms. He has also written several high-profile reports on construction on behalf of government agencies and nonprofits, including MBI's "Economic & Financial Performance of Relocatable Buildings in the US Modular Building Industry."


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BREAKOUT SESSIONS

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National Institute of Building Sciences Meeting

Thursday, March 22 | 1:00pm - 3:30pm  


The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that brings together representatives of government, industry, consumers and regulatory agencies to focus on the identification and resolution of problems that hamper construction of safe, affordable structures for commerce, housing and industry. NIBS established the Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) to serve as a research, educational and outreach center for relevant and current information on off-site design and construction for commercial, institutional, and multifamily facilities. Join modular and offsite construction professionals for this informative meeting.


Marriott's Modular Program, Franchisor Perspective

Friday, March 23 | 10:30am - 11:30am

Jennifer Lund, Senior Director of Global Design Strategies, Marriott International

David Walsh, Senior Director of Project Management, Marriott International


Marriott Hotels continue to inspire and provide a balanced life on the road for discerning business and leisure travelers, offering sophisticated yet functional guestroom designs that facilitate work and play. Join the co-leads of Marriott's Modular Program as they discuss how Marriott is using modular construction on a global basis to achieve speed, cost control, quality to market, and ultimately create incredible experiences for their guests.  

Marriott's Modular Program is co-led by hospitality industry veterans Jennifer Lund and David Walsh. Jennifer has 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, with experience in hotel development, design, openings, branding, owner and franchise relations, sales and marketing, as well as IT and operations. David has 35 years of experience in construction and hospitality with 20 years devoted to Marriott. He has touched over 3,000 hotel projects in the Marriott portfolio. 


Regulations & Valuations: The State of the Lease Fleet Industry

Friday, March 23 | 10:30am - 11:30am

Tom Hardiman, Modular Building Institute
Robert Gaudiosi, Heritage Global Valuations


This session will address the most recent code and regulatory issues facing fleet owners as well as an overview of fleet utilization and valuation. What new codes and regulations may impact your ability to lease existing units? Is the overall fleet utilization rate up or down? Join MBI Executive Director Tom Hardiman and business valuation expert Robert Gaudiosi in this roundtable discussion to hear the latest updates on the industry's efforts

Hardiman has served as the Executive Director and Government Affairs Director for MBI for the past 15 years. He has been a registered lobbyist in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, as well as with the U.S. Congress. Mr. Gaudiosi specializes in valuations of the mobile and modular industry. In addition to his appraisal expertise, Mr. Gaudiosi also has extensive knowledge of asset management and disposition solutions that help corporations optimize the value of their assets. He has managed the disposition of facilities and assets worldwide.

Case Study on Multi-Family Market: Key-Oh Lodge

Friday, March 23 | 10:30am - 11:30am 
Craig Mitchell, Metric Modular


Find out why the owner in the remote community of Burns Lake decided that modular was the best choice for construction of the Key-Oh Lodge. Learn how the 42-room boutique hotel's architecture and design promote sustainability, gives a nod to the local heritage, and has injected life into a previously depressed community.

Introduction to Commercial Modular Construction: Chapter 1

Friday, March 23 | 10:30am - 11:30am 
Christine Piper, Clemson University


The Modular Building Institute along with Clemson University developed a textbook called "Introduction to Commercial Modular Construction" over two years with the goal of introducing readers to an innovative and exciting construction method. In particular, the book addresses the modular building process compared to traditional site-built construction and is designed to help readers understand terminology and concepts of modular building including client needs, design, fabrication, transportation, installation, and more. Professor Christine Piper from Clemson University brings the first chapter of the book to life in a classroom format and will address industry basics like types of construction, project delivery methods, the modular building process, and pros & cons of modular construction.

Modular and Offsite Construction Summit Session 1 


Modular Industry Characteristics and Barriers to Its Increased Market Share

Friday, March 23 | 10:30am - 11:00am 
Tarek Salama, Osama Moselhi & Mohamed Al-Hussein



A BIM-Based Supply Chain Integration for Prefabrication and Modularization

Friday, March 23 | 11:00am - 11:30am 
Iloabuchi Alex Ocheoha and Osama Moselhi


Case Study of Marriott's AC Hotel, Chapel Hill, NC

Friday, March 23 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Stephen Overcash, Overcash Demmitt Architects


Modular construction is finally being recognized as an advantageous construction technique, proving to be more efficient, providing faster and better-quality construction, being friendlier to the environment and neighborhoods and creating FUN projects for architects, developers and builders. In 2017, Overcash Demmitt Architects designed Marriott International's first east coast modular hotel in Chapel Hill, NC. With escalating material costs, labor costs, and environmental consciousness, modular construction is the wave of the future. 

Stephen Overcash, founder of Overcash Demmitt Architects, will share insight and expertise into the expanding role modular construction plays in architectural design. 


Automated Prefab: From Set Up to Delivery

Friday, March 23 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Alfred Porsche, SEMA
Mike Schmidt, Auto Construct Incorporated


After his apprenticeship as a carpenter and furniture maker in Germany, Alfred Porsche worked for 25 years as an engineer in prefabrication of residential and commercial buildings in Europe, North and South America. He received his certification as an Engineer in Wood-Technology from the University of Applied Science in Rosenheim, Germany. He is a specialist in CAD-CAM and worked in the design, setup, and start-up of automated production lines for the building industry. With his company ProWood Consulting Ltd. founded in 2015 in Alberta, Canada, Alfred supports the timber construction industry in North America. His focus is on BIM, design for manufacturing and Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing.

A journeyman Tool and Die Maker with a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Mike understands manufacturing from the ground up. He spent his formative years as a General Manager in the automotive component manufacturing industry working for world-class, multinational corporations such as Magna International and ArcelorMittal. In 2012, Mike entered the residential construction industry as the General Manager for a state of the art, industry-leading panelized construction company. In 2016, Mike began his management consulting career by partnering with a major land developer and builder in a province-wide initiative to boost production efficiency through the implementation of panelized construction methods. That partnership, and other opportunities within the industry, led to the creation of Auto Construct Incorporated, a Canadian Consulting firm focused on accelerating the industrialization of residential construction in North America. 

Venture Capital’s New Fascination: How Modular Construction is Transforming into a Technology Business

Friday, March 23 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

K.P. Reddy, Shadow Ventures + BuiltTech Labs


The $30 trillion Built Environment (property and construction industries) are experiencing massive disruption through the creation and adoption of innovative technology. Very few investors worldwide however have the skills, track record, or focus to take advantage of these investments. With decreasing costs of hardware and software technology and an increasingly competitive environment for companies in the building industry, the need and desire to adopt disruptive technology is more acute than ever before. Many contractors, developers, and investors are finding the current market difficult to compete in without a dynamic and adaptive layer of technology in their operations. As that market opportunity has been identified by talented young entrepreneurs across industries, there are almost no effective capital sources or mentors available to these innovators.


K.P. Reddy’s multidisciplinary career spans the innovation continuum. Over 25 years, he has been a technologist, subject matter expert, founder, CEO, advisor, investor, professor, author, and coach. K.P. effortlessly combines expertise in advanced technologies with critical, in-the-trenches experience as an entrepreneur. He is a globally recognized authority in AEC environments, artificial intelligence, robotics and automation, collaborative communication, mobile applications and cloud computing. His passion is in launching game-changing startups, raising substantial investments, and leading organizations to meaningful acquisition and IPO exits.






New Products & Services Spotlight

Friday, March 23 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm


Dave McMurtrie, ModuGo


ModuGo is an online marketplace for used modular buildings and shipping containers. ModuGo brings together sellers, buyers and service providers on our user-friendly nationwide platform. With all of the transactions being processed securely online, there has never been an easier way to buy and sell used inventory. In addition to buyers and sellers, ModuGo offers shipping and service providers the opportunity to connect with an ever-growing customer base. ModuGo is creating opportunity for every industry participant by taking the used modular experience online. 



Bob Blomstrom, DIRTT Environmental Solutions


DIRTT — Doing It Right This Time — provides custom, modular interiors. DIRTT walls, millwork, access floor and power solutions are designed to match the client and base building. Suitable for healthcare, school and commercial applications, DIRTT propels prefab buildings into unique outcomes for every client. The 2-4 week lead-time is the fastest in the industry and is thanks to intelligent 3D software called ICE. ICE is used to market, specify, price, engineer and produce DIRTT projects. ICE is also available for other manufacturers of configurable products. TPCast is the latest enhancement to ICE, a virtual reality product that allows clients to control of the virtual environment. 




Chevy Waldrup, Panasonic Eco-Solutions


Panasonic is a premier manufacturer of powerful, energy-efficient ventilation fans and indoor air quality solutions. Panasonic produces high quality, code compliant solutions. BUilders, contractors, and architects rely on Panasonic to provide high performance, low cost solutions that help create healthy environments. Panasonic is proud to introduce the Whisper Value: a performance engineered precision ventilation exhaust fan. Whether the goal is code compliance or maximum moisture mitigation, the Whisper Value is the perfect solution for assuring installed performance and precision ventilation at an affordable price point. 


Modular and Offsite Construction Summit Session 2 


Investigating the Effects of Reduced Technological Constraints on Cycle Time Through Simulation Modelling for Automated Steel Wall Framing

Friday, March 23 | 1:00pm - 1:30pm 
Nabeel Malik, Rafiq Ahmad & Mohamed Al-Hussein



ITO-Based Inventory Control System Framework for Panelized Construction

Friday, March 23 | 1:30pm - 2:00pm 
Meng Wang, Yongsheng Ma, Mohammed Sadiq Altaf & Mohamed Al-Hussein


Modular and Offsite Construction Summit Session 3


The Merits of Varying Forms of Mass Timber Products for Offsite and Modular Construction
Friday, March 23 | 2:30pm - 3:00pm 

Robert Hairstans, Ryan Smith & Peter Wilson


Predictive Model for Siding Practice in Panelized Construction
Friday, March 23 | 3:00pm - 3:30pm 

Beda Barkokebas, Chelsea Ritter, Xinming Li & Mohamed Al-Hussein


Mass Customizable Roofing Solutions for the New Build and Retrofit Markets in the UK

Friday, March 23 | 3:30pm - 4:00pm 
Wojciech Plowas, Robert Hairstans & Jonathan Felingham


Modular and Offsite Construction Summit Session 4


Interior Glazing Systems: Market Analysis
Saturday, March 24 | 10:00am - 10:30am 

Ryan Smith & Joshua Workman


Training for Manufactured Construction: Benefits and Challenges for Workforce Development at Manufactured Housing Industry
Saturday, March 24 | 10:30am - 11:00am 

Charles Kibert, Mohamad Ahmadzade Razkenari, Andriel Fenner & Hamed Hakim

Design. Manufacture. Construct. The 2x2x2 Initiative: Making Buildings with Twice the Quality, Twice as Fast, at Half the Cost

Saturday, March 24 | 11:30am - 12:30pm 
Chris Giattina, BLOX


When buildings are produced on platforms like today's cars and smartphones, you get higher quality buildings delivered faster at lower costs. Design Manufacture Construct (DMC) is a project delivery platform that guides design to leverage manufacturing productivity so construction is simplified - the result is a scalable high-performance building system that helps building owners improve outcomes. This session serves as a primer for Design Manufacture Construct and is based on the results of an ongoing 5-year case study with the nation's largest healthcare provider.

Chris Giattina was introduced to manufacturing methods that could improve the declining productivity of traditional design and construction when he designed training facilities for Honda and Kia. From there, Chris and his team developed an open-source project delivery process called Design Manufacture Construct - design that uses manufacturing productivity to simplify construction.

Code Officials Panel Discussion

Saturday, March 24 | 11:30am - 12:30pm

Facilitated by MBI Government Affairs Committee


This panel session will be facilitated by a member of MBI's Government Affairs Committee and includes updates from the following program administrative staff:

-Debra Blake, Deputy Director, Manufactured Housing – Arizona Department of Housing
-Bill Towson, Construction Codes Consultant – Georgia Department of Community Affairs
-Ted Miltiades, Director of Industrialized Building Program – Georgia Department of Community Affairs
-Darbis Brigman, Building Official – City of North Charleston, SC/Member of South Carolina Building Codes Council
-Ashraf Shaker, Manager Design Standards and Review, Industrialized Buildings Program – Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. 

Each state will provide news and updates and answer questions from the industry.

Case Study on the Education Market

Saturday, March 24 | 11:30am - 12:30pm 
Glenn Cort, Triumph Modular


A former Attorney (Boston University, Law '90), Glenn has spent the last 15 years in the modular industry and is currently Executive Vice President of Triumph Modular Inc. Triumph operates in two divisions, one that serves the temporary market and one that "design builds" complex and custom permanent commercial buildings. As such, Glenn brings broad industry experience with many of the challenges faced by today's "modular building" companies. Glenn's focus has been on communication strategies and preconstruction techniques which form healthy foundations for successful projects. He is a LEED AP who enjoys an active curriculum in sustainable architecture and building science.

Digital Fabrication - The Catalyst for Achieving Manufacturing Efficiencies in Bespoke Architecture

Saturday, March 24 | 11:30am - 12:30pm 
Zach Murphy, Digital Building Components


Historically, achieving high productivity in the construction industry has meant building scale and efficiency through repetitive geometries. The paradigm implies that a more efficient construction process requires simplistic architecture, devoid of creativity. Two major constraints have been holding the industry back: information transfer and tool path programming. Integrated 3D Modeling (BIM) solves the information transfer problem. Meanwhile, automated tool pathing allows a robot to receive unique instructions in real time. By spooling digital information from 3D computer models directly to automated production equipment, our industry is on the verge of a digital fabrication revolution.

Over the last decade, Zach has executed large healthcare and office campus projects, leveraging Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) as a key planning tool. He currently serves as CEO of Digital Building Components. 

Modular and Offsite Construction Summit Session 5


Towards Net Zero Energy Modular Housing: A Case Study
Saturday, March 24 | 11:30am - 12:00pm 

Caroline Hachem-Vermette, Chinyere Dara & Rhys Kane


Evaluation of Existing Layout Improvement and Creation Algorithms for Use in the Offsite Construction Industry 
Saturday, March 24 | 12:00pm - 12:30pm 

Chelsea Ritter, Beda Barkokebas & Mohamed Al-Hussein


MBI 5 in 5 Research: Key Findings and Recommendations

Saturday, March 24 | 2:00pm - 4:30pm 

Professor Ryan Smith, University of Utah
Professor Ivan Rupnik, Northeastern University


The MBI Board of Directors embarked on a mission about a year ago to both unify and benefit the entire membership of the organization. The goal was to focus resources and efforts on the goal of increasing the market share of the commercial modular building industry from its estimated 2.5% to 5% of all new construction starts by the year 2020. Through a series of interviews, discussions, and surveys, MBI estimated that the total value of new permanent modular construction (PMC) projects put in place in 2014 in North America was $3.813 billion. Comparing industry data to data from CMD (formerly Reed Construction Data), MBI determined that the market share for PMC in 2014 in North America was 2.93% of the value of new construction projects put in place. MBI's focus then shifted to identifying growth barriers and opportunities in these key markets.

Join Professors Ryan Smith and Ivan Rupnik as they present findings and recommendations from a year-long international research effort into market acceptance and adoption rates for modular construction from a global perspective.



Blocking, Leveling, and Knocking Down Legal Challenges in the Mobile Space Industry

Saturday, March 24 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Karl Pearson, Pearson Bitman LLP
Brian Shank, Pearson Bitman LLP


With more than twenty years of experience representing the industry, Pearson Bitman LLP has gained a unique insight into the legal challenges which arise with the leasing, sale, and/or construction of modular buildings. Our presentation will include "lessons learned" in both litigation and transactions which will directly relate to the real world experiences faced by a modular firm. Our attorneys will discuss avoiding legal pitfalls in cases involving asset recovery, collections, liens, mold claims, and contract disputes to complex, multi-party construction litigation. We will also provide insight into the transactional side of our practice, and explore the legal issues that arise after a firm secures new business or customers and how best to protect the firm going forward. We will also look at modular space contracts, which review will include agreements with customers, the factory, vendors, and subcontractors. For each type of transaction, we will highlight best practice approaches to contract preparation and negotiation that serve the goals of risk avoidance, limitation of exposure, and litigation prevention. 

Case Study on Affordable Housing

Saturday, March 24 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Joseph Kiss, Horizon North


In February 2017, Horizon North completed the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency's first 40-unit modular housing project, located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Using cutting-edge foundation systems and design, Horizon North produced a structure that can be relocated and reconfigured. Please join Horizon North's Senior Vice President of Modular Solutions, Joseph Kiss as he discusses this unique and innovative project. 

Modular and Offsite Construction Summit Session 6


Outcomes of the State-of-the-Art Symposium: Status, Challenges and Future Directions of Offsite Construction
Saturday, March 24 | 2:00pm - 2:30pm 

Andriel Fenner, Mohamad Ahmadzade Razkenari, Hamed Hakim, Alireza Shojaei & Charles Kibert


Addressing the Impact of Industrialized Components on the Reduction of Temporary Heating Cost in Cold-Climate Regions
Saturday, March 24 | 2:30pm - 3:00pm 

Beda Barkokebas, Regina Celi Dias Ferreira, Lana Secchi, Mustafa Gül & Mohamed Al-Hussein

Prefabrication & Modular Construction: A Growing Trend with Evolving Legal Implications
Saturday, March 24 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Ronald Ciotti, Hinkley Allen


The tech-boom of the late-1990's and early-2000's gave rise to countless technological advancements that forever changed the landscape of nearly every industry within every sector. Industries that experienced little technological change over multiple decades began to see a rapid shift in the way they do business. The real estate and construction industries were no exception to this phenomenon. The arrival of construction-design software, including Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), quickly altered the way in which projects are constructed. These and other industry advancements also spawned many new and innovative project delivery methods, including Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Private-Public Partnerships (PPP), and Lean Construction. While these tools and processes are now well-established in the construction industry, pre-fabricated or modular construction has emerged as one of the latest byproducts of these industry improvements. Individual pre-fabricated building components, or "modules," can now be efficiently constructed at off-site locations, transported and quickly assembled at the project site, often saving time and money on the project schedule and budget. Modular construction has seen recent expansion into commercial construction, including retail. With the benefits of this innovation, however, comes new legal challenges that may not be easily reconciled with established law, but instead must be identified with a prospective eye toward the future of the legal landscape. Join legal expert Ronald Ciotti for this informative and important session for anyone engaged in or pursuing modular construction.

South America: Lessons Learned with Modular Construction in Argentina

Saturday, March 24 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Franco Vietti, Ruca Panel 


Argentina is known for many things like its majestic terrain encompassing the Andes mountains, its prized beef cattle, the tango dance, and of course its cosmopolitan capital Buenos Aires. And now, within a nation of centuries-old architecture, modular construction is gaining acceptance with architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and developers. In this case study, Ruca Panel, a modular building manufacturer in Argentina, will discuss their innovative approach to delivering greener, faster, smarter buildings in South America. Ruca Panel specializes in the design, manufacture, and assembly of hotels, restaurants, offices, schools, hospitals, laboratories, and much more. Join Franco Vietti for a behind the scenes look at how one modular builder is impacting construction in Argentina.

Modular and Offsite Construction Summit Session 7


Construction Capacity and New Housing Demand Caused by Tornados
Saturday, March 24 | 3:30pm - 4:00pm 

Augusto Alves & David Arditi


A New Graduate Course on Modular Construction: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Saturday, March 24 | 4:00pm - 4:30pm 

Jin Ouk Choi

Safe Use of Modified Shipping Containers

Sunday, March 25 | 11:00am - 12:00pm

Stephen Shang, Falcon Structures


Is this container safe to use as a building? Multiple state agencies are drafting new rules on the use of containers. Likewise, the ICC is considering adding new language to the building codes to address modified containers. Get the latest updates on policies, regulations, and efforts surrounding the safe use of modified ISO shipping containers.

Stephen Shang is an electrical engineer with more than 15 years of experience in the shipping container and modular building industry. He sits on the Modular Building Institute's container task force, which is leading the push for standardizing container code compliance. Stephen serves as the CEO of Falcon Structures.

Case Study on the Education Market

Sunday, March 25 | 11:00am - 12:00pm

Ryan McIntosh, Silver Creek Industries


Ryan McIntosh is the Director of Design Services for Silver Creek Industries, a design-build contractor specializing in modular construction. Ryan has nearly 20 years of experience in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, with 13 years of experience in the design and construction of K-12 facilities and more than 10 years of experience with modular construction. His project management portfolio includes more than 2.5 million square feet of built environment with a total project valuation of more than $500 million. He has managed the design and construction of new, complete campuses comprised solely of modular structures as well as large scale educational and corporate projects utilizing traditional construction methods. Prior to joining Silver Creek, Ryan was a project manager and studio leader with SH Architecture in Las Vegas, NV where he concurrently managed a project portfolio valued in excess of $225 million with a combined area exceeding 650,000 square feet. Ryan has been a LEED® Accredited Professional for nearly 10 years and is a member of the USGBC, ICC, NFPA and IBPSA.


Case Study: Relocatable Hotel for Winter Olympics

Sunday, March 25 | 11:00am - 12:00pm  
Dr. Yong Han Ahn, Hanyang University
Dr. Chanwoo Jung, POSCO


Pyeongchang, in Gangwon Province of the Republic of Korea, wanted to create a sustainable legacy for the Republic of Korea while also solving the longstanding problem of underused Olympic venues after the games. As a solution, POSCO supplied a relocatable modular hotel with 300 beds used for press accommodation. After the Olympics, the modular hotel will be relocated to several different regions and repurposed for secondary applications. Join Dr. Yong Han Ahn and Chan-Woo Jung to learn more about this project. 


Pushing the Boundaries: Modular Construction in Developing the Hospitality Industry

Sunday, March 25 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Danny Forster, Danny Forster & Architecture

Ewelina Woźniak-Szpakiewicz, DMD Modular Ltd.


Architect, TV host and producer, professor, public speaker, and founder of Danny Forster & Architecture, Danny Forster rejects conventional wisdom in favor of bold thinking, collaborating with clients to push the boundaries of contemporary design. DF&A's projects range from as Taylor Swift's Manhattan home to international hotel chain branding to museum design in Budapest to master planning in Charlotte. Danny has designed towers in New York City's two most significant 21st century developments: the World Trade Center and Hudson Yards. Currently, he is working on the tallest modular hotel in the world, under construction in Manhattan, and a 400,000 s.f. compound on the island of Nevis that will be the world's first five-star modular resort. For six seasons, Danny hosted and produced Discovery Channel's award-winning series Build It Bigger, which explored ground-breaking architectural and engineering projects around the world. His recent television projects include Prefab Nation, a new FYI network series focusing on prefabricated houses and how they will revolutionize the construction industry. A professor of architecture, Danny also teaches a graduate-level studio on sustainable design at Harvard's Graduate School of Design.


Ewelina Woźniak-Szpakiewicz is both an educator and an entrepreneur with an inquisitive passion for innovative design and research. She balances her time between nurturing her students in architecture and strategic urban planning at the Cracow University of Technology and when she is not an academic, she embraces her entrepreneurial tasks as CEO and MD at DMD Modular Ltd. in Poland. Her main focus is attaining sustainability both in the ecological and financial aspects of the built-environment. As a past Director of Innovation and Product Development, Ewelina has actively spearheaded modular construction in Poland, often bridging academic research to the manufacturing industries. She has traveled extensively, establishing international partnerships between European and Asian universities in the realm of promoting modularity in architecture and urban design.


Danny and Ewelina will be discussing the role of modular construction in the hospitality industry with an emphasis on the tallest modular hotel designed by Danny Forster and the recent modular hotel designed and manufactured by DMD Modular in Poland.

Driving Discontinuous Innovations into the Market

Sunday, March 25 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm 
David Gollin, Lynden Door


Investor.com defines discontinuous innovation as "–n: technological, product or service innovation in an industry or market that requires end-users to change behavior, and thereby tends to suddenly and dramatically change the dynamics of the industry, including possibly changes in competitive dynamics, industry revenue size and growth rate and pricing." 

Permanent modular construction (PMC) requires behavior changes in each aspect of the construction industry. Everything from having all players participate in initial design; to the related requirement for a design-build procurement model; to the transfer of a significant amount of construction and associated revenue from the field to the factory. In addition, the success of PMC is tied to modification of both building codes and financing models. Clearly, PMC falls into the discontinuous innovation category. This session will present the basic models used to drive discontinuous innovations into the marketplace and discuss examples of transitions from innovation to mainstream. 



Gayang-Dong System Housing Demonstration Complex: How Government Investment Produced Innovative and Advanced Modular Construction in South Korea
Sunday, March 25 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm 

Seok Ho Lim, Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology

Kyu Woong Bae, Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology

Jae Hee Chung, Hongik University


Low fertility and an aging society have become major social problems in South Korea, which have prompted the need for one or two-person residential models. Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT) has studied this model for the last four years, as a national research and development demonstration project, using public rental houses that were built utilizing a modular construction method to meet the need. The Gayang demonstration complex, located in Gayang-dong Seoul, is an example where the recent study results have been applied. It is a six-story building, built to accommodate 30 households, and was the first public rental apartment constructed using a modular method. This presentation offers a study of the construction of the Gayang demonstration complex and will explain the design, fabrication, construction, structural stability, and transportation. 

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