Case Study Presentation Topics

An Affordable Housing Success Story

Michael Merle, VP Business Development, Guerdon Modular Buildings

Experience the efficiencies of modular construction through the success of Oakland’s newest most innovative affordable housing project, Coliseum Connections. While project planning took 17 years, the growing success of modular construction was employed in the final stages to finally bring the project to fruition. The construction phase on the $57 million, 110-unit project was a short 17 months thanks to the use of modular construction techniques. The developers estimate that the use of modular units shortened the construction schedule by five months, in addition to saving about $4 million in construction costs.

Collaborative Design-Build Delivers on Promise for Increasing Offsite Construction

Farid Ibrahim, Director of Sales, Clark Pacific

Like many owners, CSU Sacramento is also exploring how to leverage offsite construction and prefabricated building systems to improve construction outcomes. This presentation will address how early collaborative engagement can enable an environment more conducive to successful implementation of offsite construction strategies and delivering its associated owner benefits of improved cost certainty, compressed construction schedules, increased quality, and significantly reduced impacts to campus operations. CSU Sacramento’s latest Parking Structure 5, exemplified all the characteristics of a construction delivery best practice project. The use of the precast construction method along with the Collaborative Design-Build approach illustrates how the process can drive additional value for the owner: “value engineering in, rather than value engineering out.” Discover how successful integration of modern methods for construction (offsite construction) into a project significantly benefits from the early collaborative design imperative in the progressive design-build model.

Modular Design Coordination – A Partnership Approach

Troy Tiddens, Modular Specialist, neUdesign Architecture

This sessions 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.

How to Build a Five-Story, 220-Bed Student Residence in Nine Months - A Case Study

Craig Mitchell, Director, Innovative Solutions, Metric Modular

With growing student enrollment, Trinity Western University had limited on-campus housing available for less than 25 percent of its students; the University had not built any new buildings on campus in over 20 years. There were limited housing options in the surrounding area which was aggravated by the skyrocketing demand in an already crowded and expensive rental market. TWU Executives realized that modular construction was the only alternative to meet an incredible tight timeline to have the new facility ready by September 1, 2018 (in only 9 months) which would have been impossible to attain with a traditional construction method. The result: Jacobson Hall, a five-story, 55,000 sq. ft. student housing facility to house up to 220 students. This beautiful modular building not only meets all requirements and specifications, but it is also helping TWU attract students with its appealing design and functional layout. In this session, Metric Modular will share how a high level of collaboration made possible to deliver Jacobson Hall, the tallest wood-framed modular student housing complex in Canada, in record time.

What Venture Investors Like (and Dislike) About the Modular Construction Industry

Joe Chen, Chairman & CEO, Oak Pacific Investment

The modular construction industry has seen significant venture capital investment in the past few years. What do venture investors like and dislike about this industry? When will robotics become a main stay in the industry? What is the pivoting point for mainstream modular construction adaptation? What are the skill sets needed to succeed in the industry? Joe Chen is Chairman & CEO of Oak Pacific Investment, a private investment holding company and a Renren spin-off. In 2018, Joe founded Aspiration Homes to pursue robotic future in construction. In the same year, he acquired Irontown Homes as his first manufacturing facility. Join Joe Chen in this session that will draw from his experience both as an investor and entrepreneur as he discusses some of the trends awaiting modular construction.

Urban Acupuncture: Using Commercial Modular Construction As A Tool For Strategic Placemaking And Targeted Urban Transformation

Martha Trela, CEO, UrbanBloc

A tiny shuttered parking lot in a rapidly transitioning area of downtown Oakland California was transformed from an eyesore into an energetic gathering space and home for two emerging, Bay Area retail brands, Equator Coffee and Urban Remedy. The owner of the site saw an opportunity to transform the parking lot into a small retail hub and gathering space for residents and workers in the area. The retail stores were built off site at UrbanBloc’s factory in San Leandro from repurposed shipping containers and transported to the site as completed permitted buildings. The retail spaces focus their energy into a raised public courtyard with tables, chairs, shade structures, and artwork creating a sense of place for customers and residents alike. The City of Oakland, local residents and businesses embraced the project. This sort of “Urban Acupuncture”, the utilization of forgotten corners in dense urban locations to create human-scale amenities, has become a strategic model for many other projects currently in the works.



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