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World of Modular’s top-notch educational breakout sessions equipped industry professionals with the latest knowledge in every facet of the commercial modular construction business. Attendees learned new skills and techniques, found ways to operate more efficiently, and improved their business.

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2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

 

 
 
Terry Jones
Founder of Travelocity
Tuesday, March 10 | 9:00am-10:00am

In an era when technology is transforming many industries, Terry Jones says companies must foster innovation to keep up with the pace of change. Best known for founding Travelocity and serving as founding chairman of Kayak, Terry has become a powerful voice in the world of entrepreneurship and innovation. He began his career as a travel agent, spent 24 years at American Airlines in marketing and information technology, and capped his career as chief information officer leading a team of six to create Travelocity. Terry served as CEO of Travelocity for seven years, transforming it into a public company with three billion dollars in travel sales. Today, Terry provides companies with eye-opening insight on the advantages of being disruptors, the business of innovation, and leadership in a wired world. While technology today is creating totally new business models, every business needs to innovate, but where do you start? In this presentation, Terry Jones will explore the fundamentals of innovation and gives leaders simple but powerful ideas they can use to create a more innovative organizations.


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Anirban Basu
Economic Trends Expert | CEO & Founder of Sage Policy Group, Inc.
Wednesday, March 11th | 10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.

Construction Drivers & Trends in 2020
 

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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Jennifer Abuzeid
Senior Director, Global Design Strategies
Marriott International
 

Michael Aldrich
Sales Training Expert
Sandler
 

Robert Allen
Co-Founder
AORA Development
 

Kent Anderson

Director of Sales

WESCO Distribution

 
 
 
Isaac-Daniel Astrachan
Principal
Stephen B. Jacobs Group
 

Jason Barber
Vice Presidents, Industry Solutions & Strategy
ManufactOn
 

John Barrot

Associate Principal

Arup


Andy Berube

Vice President

Stack Modular Structures

 
 

Paul Bonaccorsi
Managing and Operations Director
Intelligent Offsite Ltd.
 

Julian Bowron
CTO
VectorMinima
 

Scott Bridger

Principal

ProSet, Inc.

 

Ben Bunge
Senior Project Manager
The Weitz Company
  
 
 

John Buongiorno
Director, Modular Division
Axis Construction Corp
  

Clara Calvo
Architect
Casas inHAUS
  

Ron Ciotti
Partner
Hinckley Allen
  

Jack Dooley
CEO
Skystone Group
 
 
 
 
Jim Gabriel

Director of Sales
Modlogiq

 Troy Galvin
Manager
PCL Agile
 

Kendra Halliwell, AIA, LEED AP
Associate Principal, Practice + Design Team Leader
ICON Architecture, Inc.
 

Jon Hannah
Government Affairs Director
Modular Building Institute
 
 
 

Tom Hardiman
Executive Director
Modular Building Institute
 

Michael Hough
Founder
MJH Structural Engineers
 

Raghi Iyengar
Founder & CEO
manufactOn
 

Rhys Kane
Strategic Sales
Modular Solutions | Horizon North Logisitics, Inc.
 
 
 

Donna Laquidara-Carr
Industry Insights Research Director
Dodge Data & Analytics 

John Lefkus
President
RAD Technology Medical Systems
 
Helena Lidelöw
Platform Manager
Lindbäcks
 
Michael Merle
Vice President of Business Development
Skender
 
 

Craig Mitchell
Director, Innovative Solutions
Metric Modular
  
Robin Murphy
Owner/Principal
Jackson|Main Architecture

Ruben Navarro
Architect & CEO
Casas inHAUS
  

Aundre Oldacre
Co-Founder
AORA Development
 
 
 
Jordie Puchinger
Lead Developer & Co-Founder Management
Moducore
Laurie Robert
Vice President
NRB, Inc.
 

Ivan Rupnik
Northeastern University and MOD X
 

Stacy Scopano
Chief Technology Officer
Skender
 
 
 

Stephen Shang
CEO & Co-Founder
Falcon Structures

Ryan Smith
Washington State University and MOD X
Colby Swanson
Partner
Momentum Innovation Group

Greg Thompson
CFO
Skystone Group
 
 

Troy Tiddens
Modular Specialist
neUdesign Architecture 

Ana-Maria Tomlinson
Manager, Strategic Initiatives
CSA Group 

Carel van Houte
Modular Building Expert
Prolodge
Salvatore Verrastro, AIA, CCS, CCA, FCSI
Principal
Spillman Farmer Architects
 
 
David Walsh
Senior Director, Project Management
Marriott International

Chris Waters
Director, Business Development
Z Modular
Brad Denison 
Managing Director & CEO
Fleetwood

Frank Yang
Building Technology Expert
ADL Ventures 
 
 

Why Sales People Fail…and What You Can Do About It
Michael Aldrich, Sales Training Expert, Sandler

As a salesperson, you survive on your sales numbers. This session is all about making and exceeding those all-important sales numbers and forecasts. It’s an eye-opening look at the deficiencies of modern-day selling systems and sales management efforts, prepared by a company that literally rewrote the book on selling. Join this interactive program to learn why not having a sales process methodology leaves the client in charge of the sales process as well as the salesperson constantly chasing the deal. Instead, having a repeatable, manageable sales process puts the salesperson in charge of the process resulting in a win-win scenario for sales professionals and their clients. Attendees will learn how to shorten sales cycles, eliminate bad sales habits that erode margins, work with indecisive clients, encourage a common sense sales culture, and more.

 

Research Update: The Industrialization of Construction
Dr. Mohamed Al-Hussein, Industrial Research Chair, University of Alberta

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.

 

Off-Site Construction & Transformational IoT: You CAN have both!
Kent Anderson, Director of Sales, WESCO Distribution

Today's guests, tenants, owners and developers want many things from connectivity. How do you prepare for the Internet of Things (IoT) world, provide products and the ultimate in service and utilize Off-Site construction practices? This discussion revolves around projects already in use, the learning experiences and understanding of what's required from design to occupancy. WESCO Distribution, Inc. brings together a world-class team made up of Johnson Controls, Inc., Stratis IoT, and the WESCO Transformational IoT team to provide information about how to best collaborate and execute a winning strategy for Off-Site Construction. Whether you are building hospitality or multi-family, this information is critical to providing a project with longevity for return on investment to ownership and a great experience for guests and tenants.

 

As Simple as Building with Legos? Not Exactly
Isaac-Daniel Astrachan, Principal, Stephen B. Jacobs Group

Isaac-Daniel Astrachan, Principal at Stephen B. Jacobs Group PC in New York City, will discuss his recent experience as architect of the world’s tallest modular hotel, the citizenM New York Bowery. The hotel consists of 15 typical modular floors with a total of 300 guestrooms. The rooms were manufactured in Poland and shipped to New York City. The hotel also includes a public plaza, a double story lounge/café on the lower floors, and a rooftop bar with panoramic views of the skyline. The project was a tremendous learning experience and illustrates the enormous potential for modular construction in this country.

 

Five Key Stakeholders of a Modular Project Panel
Moderator: Kimberly Kitchens, Vice President, Americas Growth Initiatives, InterContinental Hotels Group
Manufacturer: Andy Berube, Vice President, Stack Modular Structures
Owner/Developer: Carl Hren, SVP Architecture and Construction, Concord Hospitality
Architect: Troy Tiddens, Modular Design Specialist, neUdesign
Finance: Kyung Kim, SVP Strategic Markets, Avana Capital
General Contractor: Matt Mitchell, President, ProSet

If you are new to modular, this moderated session is an opportunity to ask questions and hear from five key stakeholders that are needed to execute a successful modular project. Once the benefits of combining modular and conventional construction are understood, the focus should be on the early collaboration between stakeholders to design, scope, budget, and fund the project. Hear directly from key players involved in actual modular building projects including the modular manufacturer, owner/developer, architect, lender, and general contractor.

 

The Advancement of European Modular: Why “Modular Manufacturing” is Better Than “Modular Construction” . . . and More Sustainable
Paul Bonaccorsi, Managing & Operations Director, Intelligent Offsite Ltd.

Over the last 10 years, some of the most exciting modular projects in the world have come from Europe. Paul Bonaccorsi will explain how the European approach to modular has gained momentum in that time and in the markets it divested into, as well as how the mindset of “modular construction” became “modular manufacturing.” He will also explain why modular is emerging as a sustainable alternative to traditional methods of construction. The European Union, various governments, and huge private equity investment have given modular their backing, fueling a massive growth in the use of modular in a variety of commercial projects. Paul has worked in the modular building and bathroom pod industry for 37 years. He has gained a wealth of experience throughout the manufacturing process having worked in the UK, Australia, Dubai, USA, Canada, and various European countries and is currently Head of Production on the 6th Avenue Marriott AC Nomad project in New York. When complete, the project will be the tallest modular hotel in the world. Paul is also the co-chairman of the MBI European Council.

 

Knock Down Volumetric Module Frames Made with Cold-Formed Steel
Julian Bowron, CTO, METALOQ
Blair Davies, COO, METALOQ

Cold-formed steel framing (CFS or LSF) is widely used for panelized construction and for infilling non-combustible module walls, but did you know that CFS can also be used to fabricate a top-picked volumetric module frame? During this session, Julian Bowron, CTO of MetalOQ, will introduce an innovative frame kit that a crew of 2 can assemble in a few hours with nothing more than a flat floor, turning any suitable building into a steel-based, non-combustible modular plant with minimal investment. The newly-developed system delivers a robust, versatile and pre-engineered structural platform for mid-rise and low-rise applications, and has desirable features such as top-picking, precision module alignment and a unique connection system that delivers a flush top throughout the building assembly process. MetalOQ COO Blair Davies will also explain the subscription-based R&D model, which spreads product development costs across multiple producers and users in distinct geographic regions and verticals. This innovative approach to R&D makes innovation accessible to companies of any scale at a fraction of the cost of in-house forces while supporting the sharing of best practices, rapid product optimization and rapid capacity scaling, to the benefit of all system users.

 

From Foundation to Roof in a Week: The Multi-story Modular Stack
Scott Bridger, Principal, ProSet, Inc.

What goes into the successful erection of a modular hotel or apartment building? We will walk through the process, from the first site visit to the last box set. Much planning and coordination is required to successfully install 10 to 20 modular boxes in a single day. What needs to go right? What can go wrong? The erection process represents a very minor piece of the overall construction schedule, yet it represents a very major piece of the project’s success.

 

So You Want to Start Your Own Modular Factory?
Vaughan Buckley, President, Volumetric Building Companies
Colby Swanson, Partner, Momentum Innovation Group

The modular building industry needs new highly-productive factories, but in a time of extreme growth comes high risk, fast decision-making and loose lending. Starting a modular factory can be the most profitable or most destructive decision a business owner, developer, or investor can make. The trials and tribulations of running a modular factory are not insurmountable, but risk mitigation is key. In this session, learn from the challenges and obstacles faced by other factory owners—including finance, labor, sales pipeline, and the obvious needs through to more complex issues like supply chain, design integration, skilled trade attrition, and dealing with a declining work force.

 

Creating a Lean Workflow with Technology & Prefabrication
Ben Bunge, Senior Project Manager, The Weitz Company

Using the Hilton Des Moines Downtown as its case study, this presentation will detail how a modular, component-based design can drive innovation, increase collaboration and significantly reduce construction waste. The design-build team for hotel project utilized a central, cloud-based model to streamline the construction process. The 3D model was key to enabling the successful planning and execution of 12 modular build components that all revolved around prefabricating 300 of the 330 hotel bathrooms off-site in a controlled environment. By executing the purpose-built approach with a solutions-oriented team, chaos was removed from the project and labor, safety, quality and schedule were positively impacted while elevating the client’s construction experience. With 84% of the work performed on the bathroom PODs occurring prior to delivery and installation (including all MEP connections), The Weitz Company reduced labor hours per prefabricated bathroom by 11%, eliminated 17 weeks of construction waste from the project and delivered the hotel 10 days ahead of schedule so it could open early.

 

Setting a New Standard: Building Smarter Hospitals & Healthcare Facilities with Offsite Construction
John Buongiorno, Director, Modular Division, Axis Construction Corp
Jim Gabriel, Director of Sales, Modlogiq

Construction projects in healthcare can pose significant risks to patients, staff, and visitors as well as impacting the critical operations of an active patient care environment. As a result, healthcare administrators and clinicians face the daunting challenge of ensuring the safety and welfare of all constituents. Leveraging offsite construction to build faster and with far less risk and disruption to the patients and staff can and will help mitigate these inherent project related challenges.

 

Finally . . . The Industry’s First Prefabrication and Modular Construction Specific Contract Form!
Ronald Ciotti, Partner, Hinckley Allen

Prefabrication and modular construction has changed the industry in more ways than just increasing its efficiency, safety, quality, and speed, it also requires a complete re-write of the standard construction contracting forms! As prefabrication and modular construction often includes both off-site manufacturing of building components as well as the installation/integration of those components into an ongoing project, a standard Subcontract Agreement or Purchase Order does not properly handle all of the legal aspects of this hybrid relationship. However, ConsensusDocs has just released the first-in-the-nation General Contractor/Prefabricator Agreement which specifically and properly memorializes this relationship. Ron Ciotti, a nationally recognized private construction attorney and the Chair of the Associated General Contractors of America’s Contract Documents Forum (the group in charge of drafting this form along with input from Tom Hardiman and the Modular Building Institute) will explain the background leading up to the development of this document, why standard construction contracts and purchase orders do not fit this hybrid relationship, why this form agreement was critically needed, how and why it describes the relationship between these contracting parties, critical differences between standard contracts, purchase orders, and this hybrid agreement, and how it can be tailored to fit your business and specific projects.

 

Business Agility: Meeting the Challenge in Smaller & Diverse Modular Markets
Brad Denison, Managing Director & CEO, Fleetwood

Since being listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in 1987, Fleetwood has leveraged advances in technology and prefabrication to become a market leader in modular construction, working with government departments, owners, architects, and engineers to design and build custom modular buildings. In this session, Fleetwood managing director & CEO Brad Denison will discuss skills matching, operational efficiency, diversity of product, and balancing modular manufacturing management strategies against smaller and diverse production runs. The session will include positive case study outcomes, lessons learned, examples of improving business methods, future opportunities for modular construction.

 

Bathroom Pods: Better Materials, Less Waste, Faster Construction
Brendan Doherty, Connex Offsite

The construction industry has been building the same way for years and is now under significant pressure to build faster and reduce costs, even as material costs climb and skilled labor becomes harder to find. Innovative technologies like prefabricated bathroom pods provide an opportunity to escalate the pace of change needed to overcome industry challenges. The use of pods allows architects, contractors, developers, and owners to apply manufacturing best-practices to the construction process, ensuring consistent high-quality products in a fraction of the time. Pods also contribute to a cleaner and safer work environment and help reduce material, waste, and labor costs while increasing speed to occupancy. In this session, a pioneer in the bathroom pod industry will discuss how his company is helping hotels, hospitals, schools, apartments, and more to finish projects faster and with higher quality.

 

Lessons Learned from High-Rise Modular Construction
Jack Dooley, CEO, Skystone Group
Greg Thompson, CFO, Skystone Group

In this session by one of the world’s leading companies in high-rise modular construction, join executives from Skytone Group as they provide an overview of Skystone’s approach to modular construction, specifically how they “go taller.” Jack Dooley and Greg Thompson will discuss their turnkey approach to steel frame volumetric modular construction, use of technology in modular building, and growing market share for modular construction. In addition, a case study will be presented showing attendees what is involved in building the world’s tallest modular hotel.

 

Bridging Buildings with Industrialization: PCL’s Modular Evolution
Troy Galvin, Manager, PCL Agile

Modular construction methods are expected to experience exponential growth across many markets over the next several years. With roots in the heavy industrial market, this building method has long been embraced by PCL Construction, one of the largest contracting organizations in North America. As the construction landscape moves to industrialization through the adoption of manufacturing and digital technology, PCL is bridging the world of buildings and industrialization in a systematic process-driven mentality. This presentation will share the journey that PCL has undertaken in the prefab and modular space over the last century. Challenges, successes, and raw lessons learned will be shared based on PCL and PCL Agile’s experience on a multitude of projects in various sectors. As both general contractor and manufacturer, PCL will get real about the value created through the delivery method, the barriers that need to be overcome, and what can be done differently, while providing insight into what excites us as we delve into the next chapter our 114-year history.

 

Factor in the Factory, Coordinate with Engineer, and Confirm with the Contractor: A collaborative approach to project delivery for Factory Built Housing
Nickolos Gomez, Studio Director, Multi-Family Housing, Lowney Architecture
Aaron Miller, Senior Project Manager, DCI Engineers

Following the conventional model, a project starts with design, followed by engineering, and finally construction. But in the world of volumetric factory-built housing, constraints due to an expedited project timeline and unique construction methods require the design and engineering phases to happen simultaneously. For FBH projects to be successful, a holistic approach with input from engineers, factory, and site contractors is needed. This panel discussion featuring an FBH Architect, a Structural Engineer, and a Modular Factory VP explores how to manage complex details and installations while avoiding common pitfalls. Hear their lessons learned, told through the lens of actual project case studies.

 

Regulatory Issues & Opportunities for Modular Construction
Jon Hannah, Government Affairs Director, Modular Building Institute

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.

 

Engineering & Flexibility for Low Rise to High Rise Modular Construction
Michael Hough, Founder, MJH Structural Engineers
Andy Mest, Managing Director, Greystar Global Construction

MJH Structural Engineers specializes in structural engineering solutions for the offsite and modular construction industries in Ireland and the UK. Using the principles of mass production while keeping the system flexible has been key to product development and achieving a large range of building solutions. In recent years we have completed modular designs ranging from single storey to 28 stories and we are currently on site with what will be the world’s tallest modular building at 44 stories. The key to tall modular construction is in understanding materials, connections and buildability issues. Working closely with our clients in a creative and collaborative environment has allowed us to push the boundaries of the offsite industry. In this session we will take you through the modular process and layout flexibility together with numerous project examples including the 28 story Apex House project and the 44 story George Street, Croydon project.

 

Connecting the Dots: Managing the Complete Lifecycle of Modular Construction

Raghi Iyengar, Founder & CEO, ManufactOn

Jason Barber, Vice President, Industry Solutions & Strategy, ManufactOn

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. Jason Barber is vice president of industry solutions and strategy at ManufactOn. His experience has been in complex infrastructure projects of all types. He is also experienced in a variety of project procurement methods including design-bid-build, design assist, design build, engineer procure and construct, construction manager at-risk, construction manager as-agent, and more.

 

A Modular Future
Rhys Kane, Sales Director, Horizon North

This presentation will review the evolution of modular construction and discuss current trends and increasing adoption within the multi-family, affordable housing and hospitality industries, and consider how the industry can work together to continue to grow and gain market share. The presentation will explore current and future modular industry perception, project delivery methods, technical improvements, advances in technology and automation, and where the industry will shine (or not) in the future of providing housing and hospitality needs. The presenters will discuss pioneering modular case-studies and discuss key market drivers for modular industry acceptance and growth into the future.

 

The Current State & Future Expectations for Modular Construction: Findings from the Prefabrication & Modular Construction 2020 SmartMarket Report
Donna Laquidara-Carr, Industry Insights Research Director, Dodge Data & Analytics

Join Dr. Donna Laquidara-Carr as she presents the findings from a landmark study from Dodge Data & Analytics that provides a thorough and comprehensive look at the state of modular construction today and the potential for this sector in the future. Topics to be covered include design and construction industry expectations about sectors with the highest expected growth in use of modular, the top benefits achieved on modular projects, factors influencing the selection of a modular builder/manufacturer, the impact and potential of BIM for modular construction and the top drivers and obstacles for increased use of modular construction. In addition, the session will feature the findings from interviews with owners about their biggest drivers and challenges in using modular construction and highlights from case studies on modular projects featured in the SmartMarket Report.

 

A Product, a Process, or a State of Mind? The Confusion We Have Created in the Modular Industry
John Lefkus, President, RAD Technology Medical Systems

The fragmented modular industry frustrates clients who are not interested in components, but the entirety of a facility solution. Ted Levitt, Harvard economist and HBR Editor famously stated that people don’t want drills or drill bits, they just want the hole. The modular industry is full of drill bit and drill vendors and the holes are elusive. This is further complicated with well-meaning marketing terms associated with our industry like temporary and permanent, volumetric and prefab. What does our industry sell? Are they products, a process or the hole? Clients, general contractors, manufacturers and architects have all sought to define the industry thru myopic and selfish interests. But what does the client want and what is good for the industry? Explore the recent history of the industry and why it must change to adapt to our future. Global economics, labor and the speed of innovation will dictate how people access built environments. Perhaps the start is as simple as agreeing to a common technical language.

 

From Carpentry to Industry: Reaching Top of Europe in 25 Years
Helena Lidelöw, Platform Manager, Lindbäcks

Modular construction and prefabrication in general are since a century known construction methods in Sweden. The availability of good lumber combined with a harsh climate favouring indoors operations and a strong manufacturing culture have provided good grounds for factory prefabrication. The lack of special codes for modular construction has forced the industry to compete on equal terms with other construction methods. In 25 years, Lindbäcks Bygg has through innovation and stamina established the most modern factory for modular production in Europe and serves as an example for deeper insight. Important learning points include the integration between business model and production, the courage to challenge prevalent norms, the willingness to challenge operations with high degrees of flexibility in design, and the decision to allow Lean and manufacturing principles govern operations.

 

Marriott's Modular Program, Franchisor Perspective
Jennifer Abuzeid, Senior Director of Global Design Strategies, Marriott International
David Walsh, Senior Director of Project Management, Marriott International

Modular construction is rapidly becoming recognized as an advantageous construction technique that is more efficient, provides faster and better-quality construction, is friendlier to the environment, and helps owners and franchisees generate revenue more quickly. Over the past five years, Marriott International has been committed to bringing to life a modular program dedicated to helping their owners and franchisees achieve those benefits. In this session, hear directly from franchisees and their teams as they discuss how Marriott is using modular construction globally to achieve speed, cost control, quality to market, sustainability and ultimately create incredible guest experiences. From their individual perspectives, they will also discuss specific successes, challenges, and opportunities using modular for hotel construction.

 

Evolve or Face Extinction: Why Building “Green” Will be the Only Way to Build
Craig Mitchell, Director, Innovative Solutions, Metric Modular

Worldwide, study after study continue to show the “green” advantages of modular construction, and how the modular building industry is well positioned to address new codes, construction trends, and even climate change in the coming decade. Most jurisdictions are already looking at their carbon footprint and how to reduce it. This session with a modular construction veteran will address why we greenhouse gases and emissions need to be reduced in buildings, discuss why how we build today will be obsolete in 10 years, and demonstrate how it is much easier for modular construction to build “green” than it is for site-built construction. Examples of Passive House and high-performance modular buildings will be shared.

 

From Sticks to Stitch: A Modular Primer for Owners and Developers
Robin Murphy, Principal, Jackson | Main

An overview of terms and concepts related to offsite construction methods; a discussion of the benefits, risks, and challenges of off-site construction in comparison to traditional construction; and a review of lessons-learned and best practices gleaned from Jackson | Main's modular work.

 

Concrete Modular Housing

Rubén Navarro, Architect & CEO, Casas inHAUS

Clara Calvo, Architect, Casas inHAUS

Casas inHAUS is a leading company in Spain in the sector of modular concrete housing which designs, builds, and sells designer homes with a closed price. Casas inHAUS is the brand of houses, a benchmark in quality, design and building management. It is the answer to an integral service of project and work of houses of design. The company that works with modular housing from all aspects, the study of the client project, development of the architecture project, license management, construction management, manufacturing, and more all the through to final delivery of the home. Casa inHAUS has a catalog of 111 housing modules that are 100% customizable, with drawings and memory of qualities at a set price, previously known. Later, the housing is customized to the needs and tastes of clients, as well as to the conditions of the plot.

 

A Developer’s Perspective: Using Modular Construction in Emerging Communities

Aundre Oldacre, Co-Founder, AORA Development

Robert Allen, Co-Founder, AORA Development

AORA Development was established by co-founders Aundre Oldacre and Robert Allen to invest in and develop emerging areas and to contribute to the growth of communities by using high-quality, efficient, affordable construction methods and the latest in technology in renewable energy, specifically in the Brooklyn, New York and surrounding areas. Aundre is a seasoned real estate investor with multifamily properties in Brooklyn and Yonkers. He has transaction experience in short sales, REOs, FSBO, and renovations. As a real estate developer, Robert’s vision is to develop highly sustainable, green technology centers for 21st century, urban living. He is a leading authority on the implementation of advanced energy systems and sustainable construction. New to their portfolio is the use of modular construction. Join these gentlemen as they discuss the pros and cons of modular construction from a developer’s perspective.

 

AIA’s New Modular & Offsite Construction Best Practice Guide for Architects
Laurie Robert, Vice President, Sales, NRB, Inc.
Salvatore Verrastro, Principal, Spillman Farmer Architects
Kendra Halliwell, Associate Principal, Practice + Design Team Leader, ICON Architecture, Inc.

Modular and offsite construction today is a highly sought-after alternative solution to conventional construction methods. Through the efforts of the National Institute of Building Science and their Offsite Construction Council, the Modular Building Institute worked with American Institute of Architects on the development of a critical new resource for design professionals, providing insight and strategies to working effectively with this trending technology. This presentation by a team of design and construction professionals from NRB, Inc.; Spillman Farmer Architects; and ICON Architecture, Inc. will review the pros and cons of modular and offsite construction as well as the potential impact on construction costs, safety, quality control, and construction administration. It will also delve into issues relating to how shipping impacts detailing, materials, and timing.

 

Pivoting to Modular Construction
Stacy Scopano, Chief Technology Officer, Skender
Michael Merle, Vice President, Skender

Modular construction has captured public attention with a variety of projects, partnerships and players making headlines. This presentation will take a closer look at how one legacy contractor transitioned to an integrated design-manufacture-build model and was named U.S. Modular Builder of the Year by Construction Dive less than seven months after opening its Chicago modular factory. The presenters will provide a behind-the-scenes look at Skender’s turnkey approach and the impact it is focused on making to housing affordability, workforce development and climate change.

 

Safe Use of Modified Shipping Containers
Stephen Shang, CEO, Falcon Structures

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.

 

Growing Modular Markets Through Strategic Partnerships
Ryan Smith, Washington State University and MOD X
Ivan Rupnik, Northeastern University and MOD X
Helena Lidelöw, Platform Manager, Lindbäcks
Stacey Rothgeb, Principal Investigator, National Renewable Energy Lab

This session will present a model for leveraging strategic partners through “communities of practice” made up of government, university, and industry representatives that can share knowledge in order to grow a modular market in a specific region or locale. Case study examples from the U.S. including Minnesota and the Pacific Northwest will illustrate, as well as international examples from Scotland and Sweden. The session will end with an invitation to participate in the MOD X network and create your own community of practice in your respective region in order to grow your modular market.

 

Net Zero Modular Construction
Colby Swanson, Partner, Momentum Innovation Group
Shanti Pless, Principal Investigator, National Renewable Energy Lab
Ankur Podder, Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Lab
Stacey Rothgeb, Residential Industry Prefabrication & Modular Expertise, National Renewable Energy Lab

In this session, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and Momentum Innovation Group will provide an overview of Net Zero Energy strategies as they pertain to modular construction. We’ll present case studies and review approaches for achieving Net Zero in modular construction, as well as discussing the application of HERS verifications on the factory line and the viability of new modular utility program incentives. We’ll also look at how energy modeling analysis and factory process optimization tools could be combined to accelerate the adoption and production of net zero modular units. Presenters will be available after the session to answer specific questions from attendees.

 

Modular Design Coordination: A Partnership Approach
Troy Tiddens, Modular Specialist, neUdesign Architecture

This session offers a look inside the design and BIM coordination process associated with modular building manufacturing. Troy Tiddens will explore similarities and differences associated with various modular design phases and how a hybrid team may be the most effective solution. Understanding the strengths of your design team will allow you to maximize efficiencies and eliminate redundancy throughout the design development process. Many times, the best solution is a hybrid approach between “traditional” design firms and those with modular manufacturing experience.

 

Research and Standardization of High-Rise Modular Construction in Canada
Ana-Maria Tomlinson, Manager, Strategic Initiatives, CSA Group
John Barrot, Associate Principal, Arup

To support innovation and growth in the field of modular high-rise construction, standardization of requirements is needed to help ensure safety, quality, and to mitigate risks. This session will cover the results of the extensive CSA Group research project conducted by ARUP to assess and validate the need for standardization of modular high rise construction in the Canadian context, including identification of the specific gaps in standardization that, if addressed, would help to ensure enhanced safety and quality in modular construction.

 

The Best Kept Secret of Modular Construction
Carel van Houte, Modular Building Expert, Prolodge

Often, modular construction doesn’t appear to be cheaper than traditional construction, at least at first sight. So, are companies such as McDonalds, Greystar, or Marriott completely mistaken with their commitment to modular construction? Why all that effort without return? Carel is a veteran in the modular world who has experience at both sides of the table; as client and as manufacturer. During his time at citizenM, he created the building system that changed the hotel industry. Based on his firsthand experience in developing modular buildings in Europe and the US, Carel will share his thoughts on the future of our pioneering industry, the hurdles that we need to overcome, and why it all makes sense in the end.

 

New Markets and Challenges for Structural Modular Construction
Chris Waters, Director of Business Development, Z Modular

The modular construction industry—and innovators like Z Modular—is becoming more sophisticated and evolving quicker than ever before, both from a design/technical and build/performance perspective. Z Modular has proven its willingness to "open source" its technology, unlock its ecosystem, and bring its standardized steel modular platform to the masses to accelerate the evolution and acceptance of modular construction. This session will focus on both process and technical improvement in volumetric modular construction, from design to structural systems to assembly techniques, and will highlight how improved performance can improve access to growing markets for modular construction.

 

6 Steps to Digitally Transform Your Factory
Dan Wood, Building Services Manager, MPE Engineering
Jordie Puchinger, Lead Developer, Moducore

Your manufacturing plant is a construction site. Let’s face it. As much as you think that you’ve perfected on-site construction in an off-site world, it’s not happening. You are still dealing with all the diverse personalities and interests, labor shortages, budgets, quality issues, communications breakdowns and scheduling conflicts, you’ve just brought it all indoors. Our manufacturing plants need a digital transformation and we need to start using the technology that is already available, to our advantage. Learn how our manufacturing facility experienced a digital transformation. Understand the advantages and pitfalls in utilizing the right and wrong technology for the modular manufacturing industry. Gain efficiency in your own operations, digitally transforming your factory with 6 steps.

 

Market Driven Collaboration & Innovation in Modular Construction
Frank Yang, Principal, ADL Ventures

Modular construction is experiencing unprecedented demand and investment, creating a unique set of opportunities, as well as challenges in aligning key stakeholders and streamlining design, construction, and financing processes. Cooperation driven directly by the needs of building owners and occupants will accelerate commercialization of innovative high-performance modular innovations. Using the highly successful semiconductor consortium Sematech as a model, ADL Ventures is, in partnership with MBI, Rocky Mountain Institute, and other industry partners, launching a national collaborative to develop, standardize, and mass produce cutting-edge modular / pre-fab innovations, including new materials, production tools and software. The presentation will highlight our work with major building owners to create new “market pull” mechanisms, including both successful case studies as well as yet-to-be-broken market barriers.

 


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Meredith Oliver
Marketing & Sales Expert
Meredith Communications
 

WOW: The 3 Secrets of High Performing Websites

Any developer or owner will eliminate you from further consideration if your website is hard to use, lacks content, and fails to make a connection. In this session, learn three secrets to supercharge your website into a lead generating machine. You will also learn how to utilize Google Analytics to monitor your website’s performance and determine return on investment.


Digital Marketing: How to Attract Your Ideal Leads

Once you have a high performing website, it’s time to start driving traffic and generating leads. Learn how to utilize digital marketing such as Google Search and LinkedIn to drive more traffic to your website. Learn also how to measure which digital marketing channels are converting the most leads so that you spend your marketing dollars wisely.


The Follow-Up: Convert More Prospects to Purchasers

Lead follow-up is the most critical step in your sales and marketing strategy if you want to increase return on investment. In this session, simple but effective strategies will be presented that increase your conversion rate from lead to prospect to appointment to sale. Learn how often to follow-up, how to engage cold prospects, and what communication channels are the most effective.