Anirban Basu
Construction Drivers & Trends
in 2015

Sponsored by:
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.

Walter Bond
Visionary Leadership: Creating A Culture Designed to Fuel
Peak Performance
Walter Bond’s great passion for leadership, performance, and personal development is anchored in his professional basketball career. Although a reserve throughout college at the University of Minnesota, Bond enjoyed an eight-year career as a shooting guard for the Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, and Detroit Pistons.

Gair Maxwell
Branding & the Customer Experience

Sponsored by:
Developing a brand involves more than deciding on a name or picking colors and a logo. It’s about crafting an image, personality, and story that embodies your company. Gair Maxwell has been described as a mind-bender, idea generator, and branding provocateur.

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An Architect's Approach
to Multifamily Modular Construction in the
US Capital

Abigail Brown
Hickok Cole Architects
Multifamily residential construction is booming in the nation’s capital, yet residential developers are shy to adopt modular construction techniques. Despite the cost, schedule, and environmental benefits of prefabrication, many developers in Washington, DC have a negative perception of modular construction.

Evaluating Prefabrication Operations

Ethan Cowles
FMI Corporation
Most contractors start out their attempts at prefabrication with nothing more than a belief that increases in operational efficiencies will easily offset the investment costs of prefabrication. Just as often, a lack of planning or an inability to measure and analyze the costs and benefits leads to frustrating results.

Using a Systems Approach and Design for Manufacturing and Assembly: Principles to Optimize the Off-Site Continuum for Large Scale and Complex Projects

Amy Marks
XSite Modular

Jonathan McDonald
Balfour Beatty

Amy Marks and Jonathan McDonald will discuss the growth in the industry of the use of prefabricated elements including intelligent materials, components, subassemblies and modules—the Off-Site Continuum.

Mainstream Permanent Modular Buildings: From Yellowstone National Park to Silicon Valley

Lad Dawson
Guerdon Modular Buildings
Lad Dawson, CEO of Guerdon, will take you through the history leading up to the construction of five lodges and an employee dormitory built in Yellowstone, our country’s oldest and most iconic National Park. The lodges, located in the highest, most remote location in the park, feature elaborate and locally sourced finishes that will be enjoyed by guests in the park for years to come.

Design for X: Emerging Digital Technologies in Modular Construction

Matt Egan
Matthew Egan, director at Modularize, explains how Design for X has driven a rethinking of construction and specifically how emerging digital technologies like BIM, 3D printing, virtual reality, and big data are reinforcing the value of modular and offsite construction. Modularize is an engineering company based in the UK that specializes in offsite construction.

Design, Manufacture, Construct: Making Modular Work for Healthcare

Chris Giattina
US healthcare companies are attempting to improve return on design investment by creating intelligent standards for modular construction design. In 2014, a cross-trained team of owners, architects, manufacturers, and contractors applied the design, manufacture, construct process to a range of healthcare building types including new construction and vertical expansions.

A is for Architect: Filling a Key Role in Successful Modular Construction

Christopher Schmidt, Assoc. AIA
Engaging an architect early in any construction project, especially modular, is beneficial and key to the project’s success. From the onset, an architect offers input on the feasibility and advantages of modular versus traditional construction, especially in the areas of design and material options, site logistics, schedule, costs, zoning, and building code requirements.

Case Study: A Modular-Made Malaysian Hotel

Andrew Lian
Alda Consultants Architects
The first multistory modular building in Malaysia was initially designed for site-built construction until a local modular manufacturer stepped in and undertook the redesign of this six-story hotel. The 175-room hotel is part of the Tune Hotels chain, Asia’s leading limited-service chain providing value accommodations across Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom with an ambitious development pipeline in the works.

Hiring and Retaining a Motivated Workforce in Construction

Andy Patron
FMI Corporation
Organizations typically strive to have a robust workforce that supports the right people in the right positions, along with a set of systems and culture that keeps them excited to be there. However, the reality the construction industry is facing is not only a lack of craft workers, supervisors, managers, and staff for available positions, but also the industry may not be appealing enough to attract and retain the younger Millennials or the upcoming Generation Z.

Embracing Modular Building in Hotel Construction to Achieve Speed and Quality

Karim Khalifa
Marriott Hotels
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. As senior vice president of design and project management, Karim Khalifa is an omniscient figure in Marriott’s architecture and construction division.

Project Stakeholder Integration in Off-Site Construction: Challenges and Opportunities

Laurie Robert
NRB, Inc.

Sue Klawans
Gilbane Building Company

Thomas W. Gilbert, AIA, REFP
Gilbert Architects Inc.

Shifting your project delivery method from the traditional on-site process to an off-site process requires advance collaborative planning and an integrated team approach. This session is a panel discussion from the perspectives of three key stakeholders in an off-site construction project: the Architect, the General Contractor, and the Modular Construction Company.

Best Practices in Permanent Modular Construction

Ryan Smith
College of Architecture and Planning, University of Utah
With the support of Oxford Brookes University and Edinburgh Napier University, Professor Ryan Smith has concluded a two-year global research project and will discuss the performance metrics and associated environmental, organizational and technological factors that contribute to successful permanent modular construction projects.

Automated Structural Steel Building Systems

Nick Coubray
Nick Coubray is director of Howick Limited and will discuss the development of steel framing systems from stud and track to fully-processed, load-bearing building systems. Coubray will also demonstrate how modular buildings as small as bathroom pods to complete multistory buildings can be built entirely from cold-formed steel.

Using a University Prototype to Advance Modular Technologies in Today’s Construction Environment

Joe Wheeler, AIA
School of Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
New modular construction research is underway at Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture where Professor Joe Wheeler serves as co-director of the Center for Design Research. The school is building prototype modules for the Chicago Southworks development that includes 13,500 single family residences and 17,500,000 square feet of commercial space.

Sustainable Mass Modular Construction Using Concrete

Paco Conde
Compact Habit
Compact Habit has developed an offsite manufacturing system that enables the large-scale production of fully-equipped concrete modules finished to the customer’s specifications. Currently used in Spain, France, Switzerland, and soon North America, the system is based on repeating units of varying widths, lengths, and heights for schools, hotels, hospitals, and multifamily housing.

Inside Australia and the Asia-Pacific: Lessons Learned on Onshore vs. Offshore Modular Construction and Delivery

Nicholas Reynolds
Modular Insights
Nicholas Reynolds, an innovation-driven modular building professional in Australia, will review the state of modular construction Down Under and in the Asia-Pacific. His analysis of the benefits of using local and/or offshore modular builders, as well as case studies on modular workforce accommodations and multifamily modular solutions, has been used extensively by a global clientele.

How a Leading General Contractor Utilizes Modular Construction to Deliver Successful Projects

RJ Reed
Whiting-Turner Contracting
Modular construction and prefabrication are powerful tools that can help project teams solve specific challenges when executed in a thoughtful manner and with trusted and skilled partners in place. Whiting-Turner has been fortunate to have successfully implemented these strategies on dozens of projects. This session will highlight several projects and their unique constraints to modular construction was successfully used, as well as valuable lessons learned for others getting ready to start similar endeavors.

The Wood Construction Horizon: Market & Technical Trends That Will Affect the Offsite Sector

David Fell
FP Innovations
David Fell leads a group of business analysts at FPInnovations that supports the wood and construction sectors in comprehending the sector and supporting innovation in building systems. Dr. Fell will present an overview of trends in commercial and residential construction at national and regional levels. He will also review key trends his group has uncovered that will affect the volumes and types of construction into the next decade.

Procurement for Public Works Projects

Grace Kim, AIA
Schemata Workshop, Inc.
The Renton Housing Authority completed their first modular construction project in December. Called the Kirkland Avenue Townhomes, it is the largest, publicly funded, multistory, multifamily project in Washington State. Due to an ever growing need for affordable housing in both urban and rural areas, publicly subsidized housing projects are ideally suited for modular construction.

Fabricating a National Modular for Urban Interim Housing

John Morrison
Mark Line Industries

Alan Rand
American Manufactured Structures
and Services
John Morrison and Alan Rand will discuss their collaboration with Garrison Architects to create a national model for urban-density interim housing for New York City and the US Federal Emergency Management Agency. From its genesis as a design competition called "What If NYC…," the City of New York has proactively sought solutions to the problem of housing displaced residents in urban areas after natural disasters. The City produced a “playbook” following the "What If NYC…" competition, but the need for a full-scale prototype and occupancy testing was sharpened following the destruction of coastal superstorm Sandy.

Modular Building R&D in South Korea

Moderated by:

Yong Han Ahn, PhD
Hanyang University ERICA

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

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

Wook Je Seol
Korea Institute of Civil Engineering
and Building Technology

The Korean government is investing $30 million in modular construction research and development with hopes of introducing advanced modular methods to commercial and residential construction. This panel of distinguished researchers with the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology will be moderated by Professor Yong Han Ahn, PhD from Hanyang University. Dr. Ahn and the KICT researchers will review specific R&D programs initiated to promote modular construction in Korea, including details and test results of a self-corner-supported system of modules capable of reaching seven stories.

Future Buildings through Mass Customization and Robotics

Bandar Alkahlan
School of Architecture, Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State
In this new era of architecture, modular buildings have taken on an increasingly important role in construction, reducing construction time and cost and increasing quality and efficiency. However, modular construction is still estimated to be only about 1% of overall construction. Drawbacks contributing to this are the lack of input from architects, perceived limits in design, and multiple stakeholders. Thus there is a need to expand the role of modular buildings and, in particular, increase within the industry mass customization, not mass production.

New Products Session

Patrick Santini
ModTruss is a brand new, innovative building component that allows the end user to use it 100% modularly. ModTruss is both a steel and aluminum product and with its unique clover design has load-bearing capacities 2.5 times any other truss and scaffold.

New Products Session

Adam Verstraete

Kent Anderson
WinTech will be showing our Industry leading M Series window system. The M series provides a more reliable installation with less leaks for modular office applications. Featuring the Self-Flashing head design which provides a more reliable flashing and sealing detail in the battle against water intrusion. WinTech also will be rolling out our S251 series fixed window system which allows for a commercial window performance with ease of installation, without the need for a third part supplier or installer. Single punch opening windows as well as ribbon windows are quick and easy to install with this system.

New Products Session

Bob Blomstrom
Ice Edge
Ice Edge will showcase the ICE Virtual Reality Experience at World of Modular 2015. Wear video gaming goggles to navigate through a 3D model and see how customers have all the information to make decisions faster and with more certainty. Ice Edge is a business-first technology company, providing a suite of revolutionary business solutions including leading-edge configuration ICE software for engineer-to-order solutions.

New Products Session

Chris Peterson
SFA Saniflo Inc. USA
Saniflo allows for the ability to add plumbing fixtures wherever YOU want, especially in areas without a drain. Saniflo provides unique plumbing solutions by producing high-quality macerating and drain pumps.

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