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Opening Remarks: New York City’s RFP for Modular Construction

Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, New York City

For the first time ever, New York City is requiring modular construction to accelerate the development of affordable housing under a its “Housing New York 2.0” program. In May, the City issued a request for proposals for the design, construction, and management of a mixed-income and mixed-use affordable housing development in Brooklyn. Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen says of the initiative, “As Housing New York 2.0 revs up the City’s affordable housing engine, innovations in building and design technology can help us move faster and smarter. This RFP will be key to developing our understanding of how modular housing can work for the New York market.” The Deputy Mayor will open the Offsite Construction Expo on December 14 at 9am.

Housing New York 2.0: A World-Class City Embraces Offsite Construction

Jon Cohen, Policy Advisor, Housing and Economic Development, New York City

The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development hopes to “crack the code” when it comes to prefab and is seeking partners to build low-income and senior housing using modular construction. The NYC HPD is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse thriving neighborhoods for New Yorkers through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for tenants and building owners. Join Jon Cohen and his team to hear how HPD wants to use offsite construction to help fulfill Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York Plan which was recently expanded and accelerated through Housing New York 2.0 to complete the initial goal of 200,000 homes two years ahead of schedule—by 2022, and achieve an additional 100,000 homes over the following four years, for a total of 300,000 homes by 2026.

Assembled in Six Days: Gotham Medical Uses Offsite Construction to Build Mini-Hospital on Staten Island

Building off-site vs. on-site requires different thinking as well as understanding of how both the approach and process can make a difference in the level of a project’s success. In this session, modular building experts Laurie Robert of NRB, Inc. and John Buongiorno of Axis Construction Corporation explore what it takes to choreograph and execute a more effective permanent modular construction project, from the significance of early engagement to the end goal of early occupancy. NRB and Axis were awarded a design/build contract by New York City Health and Hospitals and recently completed Vanderbilt Family Health Clinic – Gotham Medical. Comprised of 60 modules, the two-story 20,000 square foot facility meets the NYC-HHC program requirements, NYC building codes, Article 28 diagnostic and treatment requirements, and is rated LEED Silver. Laurie and John will discuss modular design development, the decision making process, the significance of the “module,” ideal project delivery methods, stakeholder scopes of work, and more.

Pushing the Boundaries: Using Modular Construction to Develop the Hospitality Industry

Ewelina Woźniak-Szpakiewicz, CEO and Managing Director, DMD Modular Ltd.

DMD Modular Ltd. recently completed the prototype phase of both a historic and groundbreaking project—the AC Marriott to be located at 842 Sixth Avenue in New York. When finished, the building will be the tallest modular hotel in the world at 25 stories. Produced at DMD’s production facility in Skawina, Poland, each guestroom is one module, characterized by quality, functionality, and the attention to detail that Marriott Corporation and its guest demand. One hundred and sixty eight modular guestrooms make up the project. Join Ewelina Woźniak-Szpakiewicz as she discusses this innovative project and the role of modular construction in the hospitality industry. Ewelina is both an educator and an entrepreneur with an inquisitive passion for innovative design and research. She balances her time between nurturing her students in architecture and strategic urban planning at the Cracow University of Technology and when she is not an academic, she embraces her entrepreneurial tasks as CEO and managing director at DMD Modular Ltd. in Poland.



1:00PM - 5:00PM Exhibitor Setup                                                                            

8:00AM - 4:00PM Exhibit Opens
8:00AM - 9:00AM Coffee with Exhibitors
9:00AM - 11:00AM Presentations
11:00AM - 1:00PM Networking Lunch
1:00PM - 3:00PM Presentations
3:00PM - 4:00PM Networking Reception
4:00PM - 7:00PM Exhibitor Breakdown                                                                            

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