Inside Modular: The Podcast of Commercial Modular Construction
Inside Modular is the official podcast of the Modular Building Institute. Each episode delves into the world of commercial modular construction with news and trends, interviews with key industry players, modular construction case studies, and updates from MBI.
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Episode 46: Embracing Steel: How One Manufacturer is Transitioning from Containers to Full Volumetric Modular Construction w/ CRATE Modular
Rich Rozycki, CEO at CRATE Modular, talks about CRATE's recent transition to building with light-gauge steel and how that has affected their factory and building processes. Rich also talks about CRATE's inclusion of "incremental automation," the possibilities and benefits of their approach to automation, and about how new applications of BIM modeling will soon change the way modular buildings are constructed.
Episode 45: Designing One of the Nation's Largest Modular Multifamily Housing Structures w/ Cuningham
Dave Stahl, associate AIA and principal at Cuningham, joins the podcast to discuss the design of Pentagon Village Apartments, a 244,000-sqft rental community in Minnesota which is on track to become one of the largest volumetric modular multifamily developments in the country. Dave talks about how his designs evolved from the project's inception, how the building's modular construction influenced the façade, and his team's goals for the project in general.
Dave also gives advice to designers entering the industry and looks ahead to the possible modular design trends of the next few years.
Episode 44: Designing Net Zero Modular Buildings w/ SCMS Associates
Stuart Cameron, co-founder of UK-based design firm SCMS Associates, talks about designing net zero modular buildings in and around England ahead of London's goal of being a net zero carbon city by 2030.
Stuart also explains his firm's focus on sustainability and the importance of energy-efficient MEP in modular building design. In addition, he gives advice to design professionals looking to create more sustainable buildings.
Episode 43: Getting from Offsite to Onsite: Inside the Logistics of Modular Construction w/ Stream Logistics
Carson Holmquist, CEO of Stream Logistics, discusses all the factors that go into getting completed modules from the factory to the job site, including the specific dimensions of ideal module sizes and what manufacturers and builders can do to optimize the transportation process.
Episode 42: What the Expansion of the Davis-Bacon Act Would Mean for the Modular Construction Industry
MBI executive director Tom Hardiman discusses the potential expansion of the Davis-Bacon Act—which would impose prevailing wages on offsite and modular manufacturers working on federal construction projects—and its many implications for the modular industry at-large.
Tom also describes what industry members can do to assist MBI's efforts in opposing this expansion.
Episode 41: How Automation Can Fulfill the Potential of Modular Construction w/ Autovol
Rick Murdock, co-founder & CEO of Boise-based Autovol, discusses the growth of his latest company and the potential of automation for the modular construction industry.
Rick also talks about the specific benefits of automation for modular companies themselves, the types of projects that benefit most from automation, and his advice for future entrepreneurs in modular automation.
Episode 40: Continuing a Centuries-Long Tradition of Innovative Construction Materials w/ CertainTeed/Saint Gobain
From roofing to insulation to finishing, CertainTeed/Saint Gobain has a long history of creating innovative materials and products for building construction of all types (even famous French castles!). In this episode, CertainTeed's Brent Belanger and John Harding discuss four new products that specifically benefit the modular and offsite construction industries.
Brent and John also talk about their excitement to share these products at the fast-approaching 2022 World of Modular convention and tradeshow.
Episode 39: How to Navigate the Complexities of Modular Construction and Ensure a Successful Project w/ Prefab Logic
Unlike traditional construction, modular construction requires significant planning and coordination between principles during all phases of the project. In this episode, Curtis Fletcher, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Prefab Logic, draws from his years in modular construction and talks about the best ways to both navigate and mitigate the complexities that can occur during modular projects. Curtis also looks ahead and gives his thoughts on the modular industry's next 5 to 10 years.
In addition, Curtis previews his upcoming presentation at MBI's 2022 World of Modular.
Episode 38: Exploring the Critical Success Factors of Modular Construction Projects w/ UNLV's Dr. Jin Ouk Choi
In this episode of Inside Modular, Dr. Jin Ouk Choi, assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, discusses his academic research into the critical success factors (CSFs) of modular construction projects and identifies the key CSFs that modular stakeholders should be utilizing. Dr. Choi also discusses the benefits large modular companies are seeing from incorporating these CSFs into their projects.
Lastly, Dr. Choi previews his upcoming session at the 2022 World of Modular conference.
Episode 37: Developing the Next Wave of Modular Residential Communities w/ Quartz Properties Management
In this episode of Inside Modular, Joanna Schwartz, CEO of Quartz Properties Management, discusses the design and development of Quartz's completely modular residential communities around the country. Joanna also talks about the advantages of modular construction for single-family homes and how Quartz is partnering with other modular builders to quickly turn vacant land into much needed housing.
Episode 36: How "Productized" Modular Construction Can Reduce Onsite Costs and Create New Housing Opportunities w/ Cloud Apartments
In this episode of Inside Modular, Curtis Wong, founder and CEO of modular construction start-up Cloud Apartments talks about his company's new ideas for reducing the cost of building through "productization" and innovation and how these savings can lead to greater housing opportunities.
Curtis also teases his presentation at MBI's upcoming 2022 World of Modular and describes the value the event will bring attendees.
Episode 35: From the Container Up: Using Shipping Containers to Create Industrial Buildings w/ Corner Cast Construction
In this episode of Inside Modular, Rene Bernaert, founder and COO of Montreal-based Corner Cast Construction, talks about his company's use of ISO shipping containers to create customized industrial-use buildings. Rene also talks about quality control for containers, the ongoing potential for containers as a building method, and he teases his container-focused presentation at the 2022 World of Modular.
Episode 34: Inside the Fascinating World of Fire-Rated Assemblies for Modular Buildings w/ Banksia
In this episode of Inside Modular, John Barrot, president of fire safety firm Banksia, joins the podcast to discuss the current state of fire-related building codes, how to choose appropriate fire-rated assemblies for the various forms of modular construction, and his upcoming presentation at MBI's 2022 World of Modular in April.
Episode 33: Developing the Next Generation of Modular Industry Workers w/ Modern Building Systems
In this episode of Inside Modular, Alan Rasmussen, VP of Production at Modern Building Systems, talks about the industry's current workforce challenges, what he's doing at Modern to recruit and train the next generation of modular industry workers, and how companies around the country can take advantage of student technical education programs.
Episode 32: View From the Top: An Interview with MBI Board Chair Brad Gudeman
In this episode of Inside Modular, Brad Gudeman, vice president of modular manufacturer Modular Genius and chair of MBI's board of directors, talks about his journey into modular construction and the value that companies can get through their involvement with MBI. Brad also shares his excitement for the upcoming 2022 World of Modular tradeshow and convention.
Episode 31: Best Practices—and Processes—of Modular Construction Projects w/ Catalyst Offsite
In this episode, Blair Davies, P.Eng, COO of Toronto-based Catalyst Offsite, joins the podcast to discuss the processes necessary to properly plan and start a modular building project.
Blair also talks about common mistakes that first-time modular building developers make and shares best practices learned over decades in the building industry.
Episode 30: Integrating Sustainable Practices into Modular Design w/ FK Architecture
In this episode of Inside Modular, Gary Badge and Manny Lamarche of FK Architecture (formerly Fugleberg Koch) return to discuss FK's recent inclusion of modular design and the evolution of their design processes.
Gary and Manny also highlight their efforts to bring sustainable design elements into FK's modular construction projects and talk about the importance of sustainability both inside and outside the construction industry.
Lastly, Gary and Manny preview the prefabricated "tiny house" project that they're designing and how it can benefit the growing need for emergency and affordable housing needs around the country.
Episode 29: Creating an Industry-First Standard Contract for Modular/Prefabrication w/ ConsensusDocs
Brian Perlberg, executive director and senior counsel at ConsensusDocs, joins the podcast to talk about the recent creation of the offsite construction industry's first standard contract: ConsensusDocs 753 Standard Prefabricated Construction Contract. Created in partnership with MBI, this contract simplifies a formerly-complex and inadequate contracting process and provides greater clarity and well-defined risk allocation for all involved.
Brian also explains how 753 came to be and what additional resources the offsite/modular industry can look forward to soon.
Episode 28: Design for Automated Modular Manufacturing w/ Brave Control Solutions
In this episode of Inside Modular, Brent McPhail, founder and CEO of Brave Control Solutions, returns to discuss the current state of automation within the modular construction industry and what lies ahead as both designers and manufacturers embrace the benefits and challenges of modular automation.
Episode 27: Previewing MBI's NEW 2021 Modular Construction Industry Annual Reports
In this episode of Inside Modular, Tom Hardiman, executive director of the Modular Building Institute, previews MBI's just-released 2021 annual reports. Tom talks about how the reports were complied, what's new in the industry, and why these reports--filled with data direct from MBI member companies--are critical to the industry.
Episode 26: Near Miss in New York: How the Industry Dodged a Bullet & What's Coming Next
In this episode of Inside Modular, Claudia Granados, founder of New York advocacy firm The Carnelian Group, joins MBI's government affairs director Jon Hannah-Spacagna to discuss MBI's recent efforts to forestall legislation in New York that would significantly hamper modular construction in the state.
Claudia and Jon also provide a preview of MBI's planned efforts in New York during the remainder of 2021 and into 2022.
Episode 25: How to Create an 11-Story Building in Just 15 Days w/ BROAD USA
BROAD USA's general manager Sunny Wang and director of communications Jeremy Zimman join the podcast to describe BROAD's newest project: an 11-story modular multifamily "Living Building" that was built in just 15 days and then stacked in only 29 hours. What was behind this remarkably fast turnaround? BROAD's adaptable B-CORE stainless steel building slabs.
Learn more about B-CORE—and about BROAD's commitment to environmentally-conscious business practices—in this episode of Inside Modular!
Episode 24: Building During a Labor Shortage: A Modular Case Study w/ Best GEN Modular
Michael Heitsman, President of Development at Best GEN Modular, joins the podcast to talk about Best GEN's newly-stacked housing development in Rapid City, South Dakota. Michael also discusses the labor shortage in the construction industry at-large and how Best GEN is bringing in and retaining talented workers.
Episode 23: How Owner/Developers Can Best Get Started with Modular Construction w/ R & S Tavares Associates
In this episode, Pedro Tavares and Anthony Gude of R & S Tavares Associates share best practices for owner/developers looking to incorporate modular construction into their upcoming projects.
Episode 22: Examining the Global Modular Construction Market w/ DORCE Ltd.
In this episode of Inside Modular, Mehmet Yucesoy, business development manager at Turkey's DORCE Ltd. shares DORCE's 40-year story of international success and details how modular construction can be applied to almost any construction market around the world. Mehmet also gives advice one how modular companies can begin and expand their globalization efforts.
Episode 21: Constructing an Award-Winning Mixed-Use Firehouse Inside a National Reserve w/ Modular Genius
Modular Genius president Damon Pross joins the podcast to discuss their recent award-winning mixed-use firehouse and community center. Set in the Pinelands of New Jersey, Modular Genius was challenged to build this structure within the legal and aesthetic confines of the Pinelands National Reserve. See their online case study here.
Damon also speaks about the advantages of using regional purchasing cooperatives to improve the materials procurement process.
Episode 20: Making the Case for Modular System Integration w/ The Cornerstone Collective
In this episode of Inside Modular, Suzie Hall, founder and president of The Cornerstone Collective, explains the idea of modular system integration. She also discusses the importance of communication during the modular construction process and some of the current misconceptions of modular construction.
Episode 19: The Evolution and Future of Modular Showers w/ Roman Ltd.
In this episode, David Osborne, CEO of UK-based Roman Ltd., speaks about the growth of the international modular shower industry, how modular showers themselves have evolved, and the trends that will define the industry over the next few years.
Episode 18: The Challenge—And Value—Of Proper Modular Window Installation w/ WinTech
In this episode of Inside Modular, Chesney Beck, WinTech's vice president of sales and engineering, joins the show to discuss the challenges of proper window installation during modular construction and preview their new Modular Installation Certification. This certification—and free service of WinTech—was created to bring help modular manufacturers install windows correctly and consistently and will be officially introduced at the upcoming 2021 World of Modular.
Episode 17: Success in Salt Lake City: How the Adoption of New Modular Construction Standards in Utah Could Affect the Entire Country
In this episode, MBI's Government Affairs Director Jon Hannah-Spacagna shares breaking news about the adoption of new modular-friendly building standards in Salt Lake City. He also speaks about how this news could affect other cities and states around the country. Lastly, Jon provides an update on other government affairs initiatives and previews his panel presentation at the upcoming 2021 World of Modular.
Episode 16: The Potential of Automation in the Modular Construction Industry w/ Brave Control Solutions
On this episode of Inside Modular, Brent McPhail, founder and CEO of Brave Control Solutions, talks about the role that automation can play in the modular manufacturing process, its current limits and best uses, and its potential for the future. He also discusses the process that manufacturers can use to bring automated processes into their factories.
Episode 15: Previewing the 2021 World of Modular Conference & Tradeshow
Welcome to the second season of Inside Modular! In this episode, Tom Hardiman, executive director of the Modular Building Institute, joins the podcast to talk about the upcoming 2021 World of Modular. Scheduled for March 8-12, this year's World of Modular promises to have more speakers and more opportunities for learning than ever before. For those interested in the show, this episode is a must-listen!
Episode 14: Embracing Modular As Design Professionals w/ FK Architecture
In this episode of Inside Modular, Principal Gary Badge and Senior Designer Manny Lamarche of Winter Park, Florida-based design firm FK Architecture talk about FK's future and their recent inclusion of modular design into their portfolio. Gary and Manny identify the biggest factor they had to consider when designing a modular building, and they also discuss the perceived barriers that design professionals may come up against when switching to modular design.
Episode 13: Affordable Housing, Part 3: Exploring Canada's New Rapid Housing Initiative w/ Nomodic
In this episode of Inside Modular, Kevin Read, President & CEO of Nomodic, talks about the founding and growth of the company and about how the recently launched Rapid Housing Initiative by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation is quickly changing the affordable housing landscape in Canada.
Episode 12: Affordable Housing, Part 2: Modular Housing Construction w/ Horizon North Logistics
In this second part of our series on affordable housing, Rhys Kane and Brock Elliot from Horizon North (now NRB Modular Solutions) join the podcast to discuss the advantages of the modular construction process and details about the affordable housing projects Horizon North is building all over Canada.
Episode 11: Affordable Housing, Part 1: Modular Housing Design w/ AO Architects
In this episode, RC Alley, partner at AO Architects in Southern California, joins the podcast to talk about the value of collaboration, the importance of finding an affordable housing solution, and how affordable modular housing projects can be designed to stand out or blend in with any aesthetic.
Episode 10: Case Studies of Modular School Projects w/ Innovative Modular Solutions
In this episode, Rob Gillingham and Bob Spista from Innovative Modular Solutions talk about how well-suited modular construction is for schools and, specifically, two projects on which they recently worked: a modular expansion of a traditionally-built primary school and a completely modular, phase-built high school.
Episode 09: MBI Government Affairs Update, October 2020
Jon Hannah-Spacagna, Government Affairs Director for the Modular Building Institute, joins the podcast to provide an update on MBI's behind-the-scenes work to remove legislative barriers and strengthen the foundation of commercial modular construction in North America.
Episode 08: The "RISE" of Modular Construction in the Upper Midwest w/ RISE Modular
In this episode of Inside Modular, Christian Lawrence, founder and CEO of RISE Modular in Minneapolis, talks about the creation of RISE, meeting demand in the Upper Midwest, the value of wood-based construction, modular construction's role in affordable housing, and the future of the industry.
Episode 07: A Closer Look at the Offsite Construction Expo
In this episode, MBI's Business Development Director Dave Sikora joins the podcast to talk about MBI's continuing sponsorship of the Offsite Construction Expo. The Expos will be all virtual for 2020, so Dave discusses what attendees can expect and why MBI sees such value in its sponsorship.
Episode 06: Architectural Design for Modular w/ Lowney Architecture
In this episode of Inside Modular, Nick Gomez, studio director at Lowney Architecture, calls in to talk about designing for modular buildings and the advantages for architects.
Episode 05: Hybrid Modular Construction w/ Stack Modular
In this episode, Jim Dunn, president and founder of Stack Modular, calls in to the podcast to discuss the advantages of steel-framed modules, the advantages of operating factories and facilities in China, "hybrid modular construction," and Stack's just-completed hotel project in California.
Episode 04: Container-Based Modular Buildings w/ CRATE Modular
In this episode, Amanda Gattenby, Vice President of Development at CRATE Modular, joins the podcast to talk about all the possibilities of container-based modular construction as well as some specific projects that CRATE is working on in Southern California.
Episode 03: Modular Triage Units for COVID-19 w/ HHI Corporation
In this episode, MBI marketing director John McMullen talks with Cliff Hokanson, Executive VP of HHI Corporation, about HHI's new Mobile Triage Units. Cliff walks listeners through the layout of the units, describes their functions, and talks about the requirements for building modular healthcare facilities.
Episode 02: Structural Engineering for Modular Buildings w/ Innovative Structural Engineering
This episode features Landon Boucher and Shawn Lothrop from Innovative Structural Engineers. They join John McMullen, marketing director at MBI, to discuss the field of structural engineering and the value that designing for modular buildings can have for structural engineers.
Episode 01: Previewing the Modular Building Institute's 2020 Annual Reports
MBI Executive Director Tom Hardiman and Marketing Director John McMullen discuss the upcoming industry reports and preview the July/August 2020 issue of MBI's Modular Advantage magazine.
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