Modular Building Institute
Modular Building Institute


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.



Three-Time Super Bowl Champion and Leadership Expert
Saturday, March 16 | 9:00am-10:00am

Creating a Culture of Excellence

What are the cultural differences between mediocre teams and winning teams, whether in sports or business? Join Darren Woodson, three-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys and five-time Pro Bowl selection, as he describes what leaders must embrace in order to build a culture of excellence within their teams. Learn how to embrace change, competition, and confrontation in your organization. Woodson is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Dallas Cowboys uniform. The vocal leader of its defense during the Cowboys 1990’s Super Bowl teams, Woodson was one of the most popular players both inside the clubhouse and as an ambassador in the community. Upon retirement, he joined ESPN as an NFL analyst. He now appears on NFL Live and SportsCenter, as well as other ESPN platforms throughout the year, in addition to helping companies and organizations all over the world create winning teams.

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Economic Trends Expert
Monday, March 18 | 9:00am-10:00am

Construction Drivers & Trends in 2019

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, including MBI’s “Economic & Financial Performance of Relocatable Buildings in the US Modular Building Industry.”

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Advancing Offsite Construction: New Technology & Approaches

Cindy Olsen, Director, Construction Municipal Onboarding, Katerra
Brett Jones, Jurisdiction Manager, Katerra
Time TBD

Construction companies traditionally invest less than 1% of revenue in new technologies—lower than every other major industry. As a result, the last several decades have seen U.S. construction productivity fall while costs continue to go up. But Katerra is putting technology to work at all levels of the building life cycle – from supply sourcing to design, manufacturing and construction – for a growing number of building markets including residential market rate, senior, essential housing, educational, industrial, hospitality developments. Join executives Cindy Olsen and Brett Jones from Katerra to learn about the company’s latest innovations, and how they are building on expertise gained in electronics manufacturing to deliver better, faster, cheaper building projects.

A Developer’s Perspective: Modular as the Future of Sustainable Building

Brice Leconte, Founder, iUnit
Time TBD

With the continued changes in building codes requiring more efficient buildings, modular is a viable way to meet these changes while staying cost effective. Integrating new technologies in our buildings to meet these codes will also play a key role in how we plan to build in our factories. Brice Leconte is the Founder of iUnit, a real estate development company focused on building sustainable attainable communities using modular technology. iUnit is proud to have built Denver’s first modular apartment community and achieving Energy Star highest score in Colorado. Elliot Flats is a 40-unit rental community in the heart of the popular Lower Highlands neighborhood in Denver. The building features 30 studios and 10 one-bedroom units, offering high walkability to restaurants, bars, running and biking trails, public transit and easily accessible via bike or bus to downtown, light rail, and countless other community amenities.

Balancing the Principles of Mass Production and Customization in Modular Housing

Jason Landry, Director of Product Management, GreenStaxx
Time TBD

At last year’s World of Modular, the McKinsey keynote speaker Steffen Fuchs said that a major improvement opportunity for the modular construction industry was the application of the principles of mass production and customization. This session focuses on ways the modular design & construction industry can apply the concepts of standardization while still providing developers with the ability to customize their residential units and buildings to meet their local market needs. More specifically, we will discuss which modular design elements need to be standardized and which can be customized achieving the benefits of standardization. In addition, we will discuss how the unit-design process and the off-site modular production process can be integrated and organized to achieve the benefits of mass production and customization. We will illustrate it with successful examples of from other modular manufactures as well as the ones we have worked with.

Tariffs, Taxes and Trade Wars: Strategies to Mitigate the Risk of Material Price Escalation in an Uncertain Political Climate

Ron Ciotti, Partner, Hinckley Allen
Time TBD

As a result of recent economic conditions and trade policies, there has been a significant impact on the cost of certain goods. It has never been more important for modular builders and prefabricators to be prepared with strategies to mitigate the risk of material price escalation in order to preserve the feasibility and profitability of their work. In this session, legal expert Ronald Ciotti will provide various risk mitigation strategies available to at different stages of a project, including the critical use of various forms of material price escalation clauses.

Connecting the Dots: Managing the Complete Lifecycle of Modular Construction

Raghi Iyengar, Founder & CEO, ManufactOn
Time TBD

This session will explore how ManufactOn, a SaaS (mobile/web) software platform built to help construction companies plan, track and optimize modular construction, connects all the critical pieces of the modular supply chain from design, to production in the factory, through installation at the jobsite. The session includes live project examples and best practices of companies leveraging ManufactOn to help optimize and manage the modular supply chain. Raghi Iyengar is founder and CEO of ManufactOn, which is bringing the best of manufacturing to construction. A construction technology professional for over 25 years, Raghi joined Intel Corporation in 1988 and spent a decade leading software initiatives to support construction, material supply chain, and facilities management for Intel’s worldwide manufacturing organization. While at Intel Raghi was technical advisor to the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) at Stanford University, where he funded research over a decade around virtual design and construction. Raghi joined Autodesk, Inc. in 2006 to bring building information modeling (BIM) into construction. As product line manager he led initiatives around construction modeling with Revit software, acquisition of Navisworks software, and several cloud/mobile startups that are now part of BIM 360 software, and he worked on product strategy with many advanced construction companies around the world.

Transitioning from Century Old Practices to a System Leverages Advanced Manufacturing

William Huberty, Regional VP Business Development – West, Prescient
Time TBD

Prescient designs, engineers, robotically manufactures, and assembles large metal superstructures using light gage steel for the following sectors: apartments, hotels, senior living, and student housing. In a span of only seven years, Prescient has either completed or is nearing completion of over 40 large assignments in the US. Prescient has a large forward pipeline of business, including 1.3 million square foot assignment to provide student housing at the University of California, Davis. The Prescient system does not rely on a large supporting cast of skilled laborers to go vertical given there is no measuring, cutting, or welding required. The system goes vertical with a standard ¾ inch nut and bolt fastening system via a torque wrench in the field. Prescient’s speed, hard cost savings, and overall site safety vs traditional concrete construction are particularly notable. Spanning over thirty years in the commercial real estate business, Bill Huberty has worked at some of the largest companies in the country including the Merrill Lynch Real Estate Investment Banking Group in New York, the Citibank Real Estate Capital Markets Group in Chicago, and CBRE where he ran the multi-housing investment sales practice for the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly 15 years. Bill joined Prescient in 2017.

Modular Hotel Designed, Manufactured, Delivered & Installed Under the Most Difficult Conditions on Earth

Jim Dunn, President, STACK Modular
Time TBD

A case study on the joint venture between STACK Modular and its partner, BIRD Construction to build a 94 suite modular hotel that will travel from Shanghai through the Panama Canal and back North to the most northern territory in world. The 94 Suite Hotel & Conference Center in the capital city of Nunavut showcases a 5000+sf conference center, a lounge, a restaurant, commercial space, gym and spa to serve a key stopping point for resource and energy exploration from around the world. In this presentation, president of STACK Modular Jim Dunn will table key client drivers and lessons learned to date on the turn key process that combines both conventional and modular methods of construction.

The Paradox of Product Automation and Permanent Modular Construction: An Optimist’s Guide to the Future of Modular Construction

John Lefkus, President, RAD Technology Medical Systems
Time TBD

Harvard economist and author of Marketing Myopia Theodore Levitt wrote that a condition of the self-deceiving cycle is “too much faith in mass production and the advantages of rapidly declining unit costs as output rises.” Will the modular building industry be the next victim of such a cycle? Why do modular builders compete with conventional construction, when there are opportunities to create markets where conventional construction cannot compete? Join John Lefkus for a unique presentation, learn how this industry insider has successfully taken modular construction to some of the most unusual markets in the world, and get a new perspective by looking back at 30 years of modular construction and into the future. As Winston Churchill said, “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” John specializes in accelerated project schedules and innovative volumetric modular approaches while focusing on institutional clients including governments, communication providers, healthcare providers, education, and hospitality. Having been involved in over 5000 projects in over 20 countries, low-rise concrete and steel buildings with unique and sophisticated structural and technical needs are his specialty.

MBI Issues and Opportunities Breakout (Government Affairs)

Jon Hannah, MBI Government Affairs Director
Tom Hardiman, MBI Executive Director
Time TBD

MBI’s Government Affairs Committee has been actively monitoring and addressing a number of key issues impacting the industry. From building codes to regulations and policies, there is no shortage of barriers standing in the way of greater market share. There are also many opportunities to grow the market with advocacy efforts. In this session you will get an update on the issues MBI is currently addressing as well as have an opportunity to help shape future policies and regulations.

The New Frontier of Modular Construction

Colby Swanson, Co-Founder, Momentum Innovation Group
Shanti Pless, Principal Investigator, National Renewable Energy Lab
Time TBD

In this one-hour Breakout Session, Momentum Innovation Group, the National Renewable Energy Lab, and the Department of Energy Building Technologies will engage attendees in an industry overview of modular and offsite construction including where we are, how we got here, and why the future for this sector of the building industry has such an optimistic outlook. We'll take a look at current market needs and NREL will introduce a new opportunity for offsite factories and stakeholders. If you enjoy thinking out-of-the-box and want to help move the modular industry forward, be prepared to interact with presenters and other attendees and join us at this dynamic session.

Collaborating on Energy Efficiency and Distributed Energy Resources in the Advanced Manufacturing of Buildings

Shanti Pless, Principal Investigator, National Renewable Energy Lab
Cedar Blazek; Science, Technology, and Policy Fellow; US Department of Energy Building Technologies Office
Time TBD

In this session, the National Renewable Energy Lab will provide a big-picture overview of a unique opportunity for offsite factories and engaged stakeholders to help answer how the integration of energy efficiency strategies can be achieved through advanced manufacturing techniques and technologies. Attendees will take part in a discussion surrounding this topic and have the opportunity to ask questions about the project scope.

How the DOE and Industry Can Work Together to Push Modular Construction Forward

Stacey Rothgeb, Residential Industry Prefabrication and Modular Expertise, National Renewable Energy Lab
Shanti Pless, Principal Investigator, National Renewable Energy Lab
Time TBD

Attendees will receive a quick overview of an exciting participatory opportunity for offsite factories and engaged stakeholders through the integration of energy efficiency and distributed energy resources into the advanced manufacturing of buildings. This one-hour breakout session is designed to focus more on the details and opportunities of the National Renewable Energy Labs/Department of Energy project. Strategic partners will be available for Q&A.

Wall-Mount Air Conditioner & Heat Pump Efficiencies to Change Significantly in 2019

Paul Quigley, Senior Vice President, Bard Manufacturing Co.
Time TBD

In 2016, the US Department of Energy mandated that wall-mount air conditioner minimum efficiencies move from 9 to 11 EER, and heat pumps from 3 to 3.3 COP. These significant changes will impact all modular builders and will affect all US and Canadian projects, in particular, that utilize wall-mount units. While the new codes become effective September 23, 2019, wall-mount manufacturers will begin transitioning by the second quarter of 2019. Join Bard’s Paul Quigley for the latest information about these new requirements, how they will impact the cost of every project, and how Bard's new 11 EER unit has several new features that are advantageous to modular structures.

Don’t Kill Your Golden Goose – Protect & Perpetuate Your Business

Larry Oxenham, Senior Advisor, American Society for Asset Protection
Time TBD

Discover the tools you can use to become invincible to lawsuits, save thousands in taxes, and achieve financial peace of mind. By the end of the presentation you will know how to avoid the most common asset protection mistakes made by manufacturers, contractors, & dealers and their advisors. Learn how business owners can protect 100% of their professional and personal assets from lawsuits; how manufacturers, contractors, & dealers can protect their business, property, and personal assets in the event of a judgment in excess of liability insurance or an exclusion in a policy; and how to minimize vicarious liability for the acts of other professionals and staff. Larry will also share five strategies to reduce income taxes by up to 40% each year as well as eliminate the capital gains tax on the sale of a business, real estate, stocks or other assets..

Navigating the Sometimes Challenging Engineering Requirements of Modular Construction

Bill Taha, President, Precision Structural Engineering, Inc.
Thomas Timmons, EIT, Precision Structural Engineering, Inc.
Time TBD

What do you do when the building department won't stop asking questions about your modular building? What about inspectors that are unfamiliar with using shipping containers in construction? What if the inspector does not like or understand your modern solution? Bill Taha and Thomas Timmons are engineers that provide creative, outside-the-box ideas for modular construction, whether permanent or temporary, and regardless of market, building use, or location.

Safe Use of Modified Shipping Containers

Stephen Shang, CEO, Falcon Structures
Time TBD

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.

Research Update: The Industrialization of Construction

Dr. Mohamed Al-Hussein, Industrial Research Chair, University of Alberta
Time TBD

Dr. Mohamed Al-Hussein is a professor and Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in the Industrialization of Building Construction at the University of Alberta and a highly sought researcher and consultant in the areas of lean manufacturing, construction process improvement, CO2 emission quantification and reduction, and building information modeling, with the development of modular and offsite construction technologies and practices forming the hub of his research. Dr. Al-Hussein’s research has contributed to construction automation as applied to equipment selection and onsite utilization. He also conducts research applying lean in the development of improved work methods and productivity standards for commercial and home building operations with a focus on construction manufacturing. BIM technology has been utilized in a number of his recent research initiatives, including the automation of drafting and design for manufacturing, estimating and scheduling, material waste reduction, and quantity takeoff. Dr. Al-Hussein’s research also explores avenues for enhanced safety both of the construction process and of the built environment.

Research, Key Findings, and Recommendations from the MBI 5-in-5 Industry Growth Plan

Professor Ryan Smith, Washington State University
Professor Ivan Rupnik, Northeastern University
Time TBD

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.

National Institute of Building Sciences Meeting

Thursday Mar 14th from 2pm-5pm

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.

Stacking Up: A Case Study on Boston’s Largest Modular Project

Bart Tocci, Business Development Director and Owen Huisenga, Virtual Design + Construction Manager, Tocci Building Corporation
Kendra Halliwell, AIA, LEED AP, ICON Architecture, Inc.
Time TBD

The Graphic is the largest modular project in the city of Boston. Kendra Halliwell from ICON Architecture as well as Owen Huisenga and Bart Tocci from Tocci Building Co. will discuss the team’s approach to modular construction using The Graphic as a case study. The Graphic blends old and new, combining the adaptive reuse of an industrial graphic arts factory with a new modular residential building for 171 new apartments. Located in the heart of the city, adjacent to high-speed transit, the complex offers a mix of retail and amenity areas, engaging the robust brick framework of the historic shell. The new modular building has been designed to play on the industrial vibe, employing corrugated metal panels, masonry screen walls and large, multi-lite windows. The developer for this project is Berkeley Investments, the architect is ICON Architecture, the fabricator is RCM, and Tocci is the construction manager. The team will discuss modular construction in New England and engaging potential clients on modular (Bart), to designing “within the box” (Kendra), to using technology to bridge the gap between project team members (Owen).

Case Study: Design, Production, and Construction of Six-Story Multifamily Housing in Korea

Seok Ho Lim, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow and Joonsoo Chung, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology
Jaehee Chung, Associate Professor, AIA, LEED AP, School of Architectural Engineering, Hongik University
Time TBD

Much attention has been paid to the absence of “housing model in response to low-birth and aging society” and “the need of supply of one- or two-households and small sized affordable housing” in South Korea. Accordingly, it became necessary to develop a residential model that can be supplied quickly in large quantities to an idle lot near station area at right time and right place. Thus, the government has provided measures to aggressively develop and supply modular housing at national level. The Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology has conducted national R&D tasks for the past five years to provide public rental housing using modular construction (one of the off-site construction methods). At last year’s World of Modular, the KICT already presented the design, production, and construction about modular demonstration complex consisting of 30 households in Gayang-dong in Seoul. New for 2019, the Cheonan Dujeong Demonstration Complex is a follow-up project of Gayang, in which stacked and infill construction methods are applied to the same building to develop a six-story building with 40 households, to be completed in April. In this presentation, the design, production, and construction of the complex will be explained as a study with results of the R & D.

Part 10 and the Canadian National Standard for Relocatable Structures (UL2600)

Adaire Chown, Consultant, CodeSmith
Time TBD

Throughout 2015, the Canadian Manufacturers Association for Relocatable Structures (MARS) was having discussions both at the board and membership levels on the need to update Part 10 of the Alberta Building Code—the section of the code unique to Alberta that addresses relocatable structures. It was becoming apparent that the version that had been established and periodically updated throughout the 1980s and 1990s was at risk of being eliminated by Alberta Municipal Affairs. In order to update the code, a set of best practices had to be developed—a frustrating exercise in that the new Energy Code was coming into the fold, there were different interpretations by local authorities of Part 10, and a growing credibility concern for the fact that the code was outdated. Membership outside of Alberta also expressed increasing frustrations with the lack of code documentation that addressed the uniqueness of relocatable structures in their location. There were more and more instances of relocatable structures being subject to the permitting requirements of permanent buildings. In this session, join code expert Adaire Chown for a discussion of industry efforts to address the Part 10 code to minimize an impact on the ability and cost of MBI members in Canada to conduct business using relocatable structures.

Maximizing Your MBI Experience

Dave Sikora, Business Development Director, Modular Building Institute
Time TBD

Join MBI’s Business Development Director Dave Sikora and learn about the many benefits, resources, and opportunities MBI membership provides as well as the best ways to maximize your experience at World of Modular. Dave will guide you through a checklist of things you should do to make the most out of your time at WOM, facilitate introductions, and help you settle into the “MBI Experience.” Join Dave whether it is your first or 36th World of Modular.


The Six Principles of Highly Successful Culture Initiatives

Alicia Korten, CEO, The Culture Company
Time TBD

In today’s competitive markets, a high-performance culture is the differentiator that will ensure your success. When your employees feel part of a great culture, they go the extra mile. They stay for the long-term. Workplace drama decreases, and productivity increases. When your employees take ownership, revenue grows. How do you create a culture that is engaged, aligned and productive? Culture expert Alicia Korten will share with you six principles—distilled from her experience working with organizations around the world—that underpin highly successful culture initiatives. Learn cutting edge ways to ignite your staff such as crowdsourcing their ideas and putting them into action. In this interactive session, you learn the common mistakes people make when leading culture initiatives, and why most culture initiatives fail. The session includes examples from other companies, and an opportunity to practice one of the most important culture success principles. After this workshop, you will think differently about how to affect culture in your organization. Putting these six principles to work will help ensure your organization meets the future with confidence.

Building Rules of Engagement for Your High-Performance Team

Alicia Korten, CEO, The Culture Company
Time TBD

Google’s research on their highest performing teams uncovered the common denominator of their top teams was not skills or education. Instead, it was group norms that built trust. In today’s high-stress environments, your teams cannot simply rely on unspoken rules to guide how team mates interact with each other. With change the norm, teams are not coping well with the unmet expectations and tension that results from lack of clear communication. Rules of engagement to guide behavior are now a team imperative. They boost team efficiency, trust and alignment. In this interactive session, you will learn strategies for collectively identifying what is important to your teammates. Through co-creative methodologies, you inspire your team to live by the guidelines created for success. In this experiential session, we will create a team charter drawing on the experience of people in the room. Using stories, dialogue and appreciative inquiry techniques, you learn what’s important to other participants, and how, if you were part of the same team, you could work together in mutually supportive ways. You will take away tools that you can use to bring your team to its next level of performance.

Management Succession and the Emerging Generations

Bob Wendover, Principal, Common Sense Enterprises
Time TBD

Management succession has become one of the most critical issues within today’s corporate workplace. As Millennials assume increasing responsibility for day-to-day supervision, they are altering many long-held practices. They are challenging the traditional ways most organizations promote and develop leaders. They are unwilling to work the long hours and sacrifice for the corporate good. They are confronting what they perceive as archaic management practices. They want to leave their mark on the establishments of the future. Management Succession and the Emerging Generations is a unique program focused on how your organization can ensure tomorrow’s success by integrating the aspirations of young professionals with the wisdom of seasoned managers. Engage in a lively discussion on how to implement these ideas with your peers and walk away with implementable strategies that will help you leverage this transitional opportunity. Like it or not, this generation will be the leaders of tomorrow and have more to offer than you might imagine.

Business to Business Selling and the Emerging Generations

Bob Wendover, Principal, Common Sense Enterprises
Time TBD

Business-to-business selling is being transformed by the emerging generations. With billions in purchasing power and access to boundary-less information, these young consumers have shopped from an early age. Now they are applying this savvy to the business marketplace. Possessing technology, impatience, and an expectation of 24/7/365 convenience, they are challenging most current marketing conventions. They make faster buying decisions and expect you to anticipate their needs even before they know they have them. How will you tailor products and programs to the mindset of these fickle and demanding young buyers? Walk away from this session with a passel of proven strategies for connecting with this new generation of buyers.

Figure It Out! Making Smart Decisions in a Dumbed-Down World

Bob Wendover, Principal, Common Sense Enterprises
Time TBD

Do constant interruptions sap your time? Do you struggle to manage the endless menus and choices? Does discomfort fog your thinking when you’re making decisions? If you answered “yes,” this is the session for you. Let Bob Wendover show you what effective decision makers do to manage the interruptions and pressures we all feel in navigating today’s crazy-busy workplace. Based on the three principles from his award-winning book Figure It Out!, Bob will teach you how to identify the sources of distraction and eliminate them. You’ll learn how to emulate the best problem solvers in any workplace and adopt their tactics. Bob will teach you what successful decision makers do to master the process of calculated risk. You’ll discover why understanding the context of any decision is the key to taking the best action. Bob will get you thinking like top decision makers – those who act decisively, employ their intuition, and become the contributors others emulate. By the way, the best decision makers don’t work long hours. They sleep well at night too. Defeat the demons of distraction. Battle the forces of frustration. Overcome the obstacles that thwart effective problem solving. Improve your decisions at work, at home and everywhere else. Attend this high-energy session and let Bob show you how.

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