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Hands On: Modular Design and Building
Presented by the Division of Architechture, California College of the Arts


The Modular Building Institute hosted a Modular Construction Summit at California College of the Arts on September 17, 2014 to discuss current topics and trends in modular construction. Attendees were MBI members and nonmembers in construction, engineering, and architecture, as well as students from CCA and surrounding schools and universities.

This event featured an afternoon session of presenters including modular builders, traditional builders, architects, engineers, professors, and more. Featured presenters included Lad Dawson, CEO & Managing Partner at Guerdon Enterprises; Curtis Fletcher, Business Development Manager for Guerdon Modular Buildings; Peter Anderson, FAIA, Associate Professor of Architecture at CCA and Principal at Anderson Anderson Architecture; Mark Anderson, FAIA, Professor of Architecture at University of California Berkeley and Principal at Anderson Anderson Architecture; Mauricio Soto, Assistant Professor of Architecture at CCA and founder of Studio for Lightweight Design; Taeko Takagi, VP of Product Design & Development at ZETA Design+Build; Ralph Tavares, PE, Principal at R&S Tavares Associates; and Pedro Tavares, Project Manager at R&S Tavares Associates. [See more here]

Staff and students at CCA recorded the Summit, presented here in two podcasts. MBI is providing the recording FREE to members and nonmembers interested in learning more about modular construction.

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McGraw Hill Smart Market Report:
Prefabrication and Modularization: Increasing Productivity in the Construction Industry


McGraw-Hill Construction recently released its latest SmartMarket Report, “Prefabrication and Modularization: Increasing Productivity in the Construction Industry” which provides insight into the role that prefabrication/modularization can have on improving productivity in construction. Through techniques that have been around for decades, prefabrication/modularization are seeing a renaissance as technologies, such as BIM, have enabled better integration of prefabricated/modular components; as changes in design such as the emergence of green have made certain advantages of prefabrication/modularization more important; and as innovative offsite techniques have emerged.

Out of over 800 architecture, engineering and contracting professionals surveyed: 66% report that project schedules are decreased, 65% report that project budgets are decreased, and 77% report that construction site waste is decreased.

Harvey Bernstein, F.ASCE, LEED AP, Vice President, Global Thought Leadership & Business Development of McGraw-Hill Construction presents the results of the study providing perspective on where the prefabrication/modularization market in the US is headed, investigates the driving factors impacting the growth of the industry, and identifies key trends that may dramatically change the adoption of these construction processes in the future.

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Integrating Modular & Site-Built Construction


The speed, efficiency, and inherently greener qualities of modular construction are hard to beat, leading to more government agencies specifying the use of modular buildings. In fact, the US Army, Coast Guard, Customs & Border Protection, Department of Education Impact Aid, and Bureau of Indian Affairs have all recently given preference to modular construction. Site-built contractors, however, often have the name recognition preferred by the government. In response, modular and site-built contractors alike are asking how these two construction methods can interface. Examples include projects with tight deadlines, those built in secure environments, those where weather may impede construction, and those needing repetitive interior structures.

MBI executive director Tom Hardiman moderates an expert panel including Eric Mucklow, AIA, LEED AP, US Army Corps of Engineers; Linc Moss, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Ramtech Building Systems; Wes Carter, director & general manager, federal & military programs, Warrior Group; Don Gravitt, estimating & design manager, Warrior Group; and John Scott, president, Scott Long Construction.

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Rethinking Construction


Revolutionary thinkers in North American construction are seeing the valuable role of modular buildings. Moderated by Robert Cassidy, editor-in-chief of Building Design + Construction Magazine, a panel of respected construction professionals discusses where the industry is performing well, where it fails to perform, and using modular buildings to improve construction performance overall.

Panelists include Kelsey Mullen, LEED AP, director of residential business development at the US Green Building Council; Jon Sader, construction director at actor/activist Brad Pitt's Make it Right Foundation; and Dr. Mohamed Al-Hussein, PE, associate professor at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Hole School of Construction, University of Alberta.

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