Modular Building Institute

CCA & MBI to Host 
Modular Construction Summit

September 17, 2014, 1pm-5pm

(Registration is no longer available for this event because it has passed.)

The reality of an expedited schedule and lower costs has made offsite construction a valued building solution for decades. With curiosity about this process at an all-time high as developers turn to the method with growing enthusiasm, the Modular Building Institute will co-host a Modular Construction Summit with California College of the Arts on September 17, 2014 to discuss current topics and trends in modular construction.

Do modular buildings last as long as site-built? Are they environmentally sustainable? Can they be as attractive as their traditionally-built counterparts? While the answer to all of these questions is yes, the summit will provide an opportunity for people to find out exactly why – and get answers on many more issues.

This event will feature an afternoon session of presenters including modular builders, traditional builders, architects, engineers, professors, students, and more.

Open to the general public, the event will take place at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Registration is $75 for MBI members, $125 for nonmembers, and free for CCA students and professors. For a complimentary press registration, please contact Liz Burnett

Speakers & Special Guests

Lad Dawson
CEO & Managing Partner,
Guerdon Enterprises

Guerdon Enterprises LLC was founded in 2001 by Lad Dawson, where he is now serves as the CEO & Managing Partner. Dawson used his more than 35 years of traditional construction experience to perfect modular construction methods. His vision is to make factory technology (modular construction) the mainstream method for construction projects. Guerdon now engineers some of the largest modular construction projects in the northwest, specializing in building relocatable structures that include all the standard amenities, with build times as quick as 90 days. Dawson and his small group of partners have built the privately-owned company into an innovative market leader since its inception over a decade ago.

Curtis Fletcher
Business Development Manager,
Guerdon Modular Buildings

Curtis Fletcher is the Regional Business Development Manager for Guerdon Modular Buildings based in Boise, Idaho. Guerdon Modular Buildings is a leading off-site producer of large modular construction projects and modular multi-family housing serving the western US and Canada. Fletcher serves the states of California, Nevada, and Utah and has experience in engineering and design, as well as specialized modular architectural consulting. Fletcher and company have recently completed more than 500 prefab apartments in two major California cities and have multiple new projects in the works for 2014 and 2015.

Peter Anderson, FAIA
Associate Professor of Architecture,
California College of the Arts
Principal, Anderson Anderson Architecture

As an Associate Professor at the California College of Arts, Peter Anderson teaches design studios and building technology elective seminars in the graduate and undergraduate architecture programs. He is also principle at Anderson Anderson Architecture and president at Bay Pacific Construction, both based in San Francisco. His design work focuses on new sustainable construction technology and affordable housing adapted for unique sites and cultural conditions. Anderson has worked in the design and construction industries in the US, France, Italy, and Japan, with a tightly focused body of work and multitude of experience from construction to design. His work focuses on new sustainable construction technology and affordable housing adapted for unique sites and cultural conditions.

Mark Anderson, FAIA
Professor of Architecture,
University of California Berkeley
Principal, Anderson Anderson Architecture

Mark Anderson partners with his brother, Peter, in their San Francisco based company Anderson Anderson Architecture. His design work focuses on new sustainable construction technology adapted for unique sites and cultural conditions. He has broad industry experience and technical expertise in building design and construction as an architect, general contractor, and construction craftsman. His teaching at University of California Berkley focuses on design imagination, artist collaboration, construction prototyping, and sustainable design for high-density urban infrastructure, with a particular emphasis on Asian cities and urban waterfront.

Mauricio Soto
Assistant Professor of Architecture,
California College of the Arts Founder,
Studio for Lightweight Design

Mauricio Soto-Rubio teaches comprehensive building design studios, building technologies, and seminars related with lightweight and membrane structures at CCA. Founded in 2008, Studio for Lightweight Design is a multidisciplinary firm that specializes in the design, manufacturing, and installation of lightweight, membrane, and deployable structures. Soto-Rubio's teaching and professional philosophy is based on the premise that creativity and technology do not have to be mutually exclusive disciplines, but should inform and support each other. He considers issues regarding tectonics, structures, materials, manufacturing, and installation methods as creative elements that should reinforce the conceptual basis of any architectural proposal. Before joining CCA, Soto-Rubio worked in several architecture offices and construction companies in the US, England, Germany, and Switzerland.

Taeko Takagi
Vice President Product Design & Development,
ZETA Design+Build

Taeko Takagi has nearly 20 years of experience as a designer and product developer and has specialty experience in real estate development, construction document preparation, project management. Her extensive knowledge of a wide range of architecture practice has led her to specialize in sustainable housing, including affordable, mixed-use, senior, urban infill, and custom homes. ZETA produces net zero energy multifamily housing and mixed-use structures for sustainable communities, focusing on urban infill, transit-oriented development, public land development, and educational campuses.

Ralph Tavares, PE
Principal, R&S Tavares Associates

Ralph Tavares and his wife, Silvana have been intimately involved with prefabricated and hybrid-fabrication models of construction since 1987. In 2002 they opened their own design, engineering and consulting firm and have consulted with internationally known corporations such as MAERSK in bringing overseas prefabrication technologies to the US. Ralph currently holds professional engineering licenses in 45 States and Silvana is a New York Licensed Architect. Ralph serves on the Modular Building Institute’s Educational Foundation panel in order to promote and educate others on the advantages of modular construction and was honored by MBI at their annual World of Modular conference in 2012 as a recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award, which recognizes his contributions to the modular construction industry.

Pedro Tavares
Project Manager, R&S Tavares Associates

Pedro Tavares has worked closely with his parents since graduating college in 2005. In that time Pedro has managed hundreds of projects ranging from small retail installations to 100,000+ square foot hospitals, dormitories and multifamily projects. In 2013 Pedro completed a Masters degree in Real Estate Development for Architects from Woodbury University in San Diego and is currently spearheading the development of three prefabricated residences a block from the beach in San Diego.


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17 September

Registration, Networking & Coffee*

Peter Anderson & Tom Hardiman

Design Considerations: San Deigo's Three on Abbott
Ralph Tavares & Pedro Tavares

The Modular Building Process: San Fran's SoMa Studios
Taeko Takagi

The Role of Architects in Modular Construction
Mark Anderson

Modular Approaches to Lightweight Structures
Mauricio Soto

Networking & Coffee

Case Study: Los Angeles' Star Apartments
Lad Dawson & Curtis Fletcher

Panel of Presenters Moderated by Mauricio Soto

Closing Remarks

Reception at Offices of Anderson Anderson Architecture
90 Tehama Street


  *IMPORTANT: Access to CCA's Timken Hall requires signing in with security at 1111 Eighth Street. Please arrive well before 1pm to find parking, sign in with security, and register at the MBI desk.

If you plan to park at CCA, several parking options are available, two of which are highlighted below:

California Parking, Inc.
Parking LOT at corner of Alameda Street and Henry Adams Street
(Beside John Aga Oriental Rugs)
24 hour, seven days a week; $8

California Culinary Academy
Parking GARAGE at corner of 16th Street and Kansas Street
(Beside Starbucks on Kansas Street)
Monday-Friday, 6:30am-7pm; $9 per day



Sponsored by


To sponsor this event, contact Dave Sikora.


Attendee Registration

(Registration is no longer available for this event because it has passed.)

This event is open to the public.


$75 MBI Member
$125 Nonmembers
FREE CCA Students & Professors 
Non-CCA Students & Professors

For complimentary press registration, please contact Liz Burnett.

Cancellations & Refunds:

A cancellation fee of $75 applies for ALL cancellations before or on September 3, 2014. Cancellations after September 3, 2014 are not permitted. While substitutions from the same company are encouraged, sharing of registrations is not allowed.

Special Needs:

Please contact MBI to accommodate any special needs.


California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, California 94107-2247

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Modular Building Institute
944 Glenwood Station Lane, Suite 204
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901 USA
434-296-3288 [P]
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