Modular Building Institute

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Track 1:
Essentials of Commercial Modular Construction

While commercial modular construction represents only one percent of overall commercial construction, this building method remains one of the most interesting and misunderstood, dating back to Egypt’s Great Pyramids. Advances in technology and trends, however, have made modular building an extremely flexible and efficient process in today’s environmentally-conscious market, where up to 90% of a building is constructed in a quality-controlled factory using traditional building materials, then shipped to a final destination and assembled to form a seamless building.

Regardless of industry experience, every person interested or involved in temporary or permanent modular construction should participate in this course at least once. Developed by the MBI Educational Foundation in response to the need for industry-specific training, this course is delivered in the logical order of a successful modular building project from start to finish.

Participants will learn principles of professional selling, how to qualify a customer, project delivery methods, fundamentals of teamwork, who the key players are, common design considerations, common building materials used, site considerations, site supervision, and methods of installing and finishing a building. A certificate of completion from MBI will be awarded to each participant. 

This course has been designed for:

Sales professionals
Branch managers
Project managers
Set & finish crews
Architects & engineers
Materials suppliers
Quality-control staff

Continuing Education:

MBI is an approved provider of American Institute of Architects continuing education. This course is eligible for 6 hours of AIA credit.


Track 2:
Building Strong Project Management Skills

In a study conducted by the Business Roundtable, the training of field supervisors and managers has been identified as the most critical factor in controlling job costs. In these difficult economic times, the ability of project managers, superintendents, and foremen to meet or beat estimates will become increasingly important in separating successful contractors from the average firm.

This course is designed to enhance project management skills and ultimately result in increased company productivity and profitability. It is for hands-on, can-do professionals who want to understand how a five percent savings on materials can increase net profits by 62 percent; how a 10 percent increase in labor productivity can increase net profits by 68 percent; how efficient handling of change orders will protect the contractor, improve job profits, and improve customer satisfaction; how to analyze and overcome obstacles to high daily performance; and how team participation in the field creates a cooperative attitude, boosts morale, improves productivity, and increases profits for the mutual well-being of worker and company.

Throughout this course, FMI will challenge participants to perform at higher levels so they leave with management skills that add value to the company. Participants will also be awarded a certificate of completion from FMI. 

This course has been designed for:

Project managers
Field supervisors
Company owners
Operations managers
Middle managers
Sales professionals
Materials suppliers

Continuing Education:

FMI Corporation is an approved provider of Project Management Institute continuing education. This course is eligible for 12 hours of PMI credit.


Best Practices & Understanding the Process
with industry veteran Laurie Robert
Selling a Successful Project
Design Considerations
Evaluating the Site
Scope of Work
Post Award Project Administration
Project Delivery Methods
Key Players & Team Roles
Contract Closeout
Prefab Architecture
with Professor Ryan Smith
Lessons Learned from History
Automation, CNC, & Building Information Modeling
Structure & Enclosure
Components, Panels, Modules
Assembly & Installation
Sustainability & Green Building
Select Case Studies
Factory Tour of NRB, Inc.
Frames, Floors, Walls, Roofs
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing
Interior & Exterior Finishes
Preparing Units for Shipping
Increasing Productivity & Profits
with construction expert Andy Patron
Management Opportunities and Obstacles
The Impact of Productivity Changes on Financial Performance
The Productivity Tool Box: Habits of Effective Field Managers
Improving Negotiating Skills
Building Long-Term Client Relationships
Change Order Management
Understanding Individuals: The Personal Profile System and Working with Different Kinds of People
Personal Action Planning
with construction expert
Andy Patron
Enhancing Performance Through Goal Setting
Motivating Your Team
Improving Your Personal Productivity
Making the Personal Commitment: Your Action Plan

Attendee Registration

Tuition includes access to courses, instructor handouts, networking functions, meals as outlined in the schedule, and a university roster of participants with contact information.

An MBI badge is required for admittance. Payment must accompany registrations, which will not be processed until payment is received. A confirmation letter of your paid registration will be mailed, faxed, or emailed to you. If you do not receive a confirmation within two weeks of registering, please contact us immediately. Full refunds, less a $100 processing fee per registrant, will be given for requests made in writing to MBI by September 5, 2012. No refunds will be given after this date. Registrants that fail to attend MBI University without notifying MBI prior to September 5, 2012 will be responsible for the full tuition. Substitutions are encouraged. Sharing of registrations is not permitted. Registration will remain open through the conference.

Essentials of Commercial
Modular Construction

MBI Members: $395
Nonmembers: $595

Building Strong Project Management Skills

MBI Members: $795
Nonmembers: $995

Special Needs:

Contact MBI at 888-811-3288 to accommodate disability, dietary, or any other needs.

Hotel Accommodations

MBI has arranged a special guestroom rate at the Westin Philadelphia of $189 per night, single/double occupancy. To receive this rate, call the Westin at 888-627-8153 and indicate that you are with the “Modular Building Institute” or “MBI.” This room block is limited and expires when full or on September 12, 2012. Please make reservations early. Participants are responsible for making their own hotel and travel arrangements.


The Westin Philadelphia is located at 99 South 17th Street at Liberty Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103, 215-575-6913 phone, 215-640-8177 fax, and is approximately six (6) miles from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Airport shuttle is available from Lady Liberty Shuttle, 215-724-8888 for approximately $15 one way.

Westin Philadelphia
99 South 17th Street at Liberty Place
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103 USA
215-563-1600 phone



Thursday, September 27, 2012








Registration & Continental Breakfast

Tracks 1 & 2

Networking Lunch

Tracks 1 & 2

ACSA Breakout Sessions

Joint Plenary Session with ACSA

Joint Networking Reception with ACSA

Friday, September 28, 2012






Continental Breakfast

Track 1: Factory Tour

Track 2: Conference

MBI Conference Concludes

ACSA Breakout Sessions Resume at Temple University


Available on a first-come, first-served basis, sponsorships are a great way to establish your company as an industry leader, advertise a new product or service, and support training opportunities in the area of modular construction. For the latest information on available sponsorships, call 888-811-3288 or email MBI.

General Inquiries?

Modular Building Institute
944 Glenwood Station Lane, Suite 204   
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901 USA
434-296-3288 phone
434-296-3361 fax




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