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Modular Construction Case Study: Explorer Cabins at Yosemite

Kam Valgardson, General Manager, Irontown Modular

When faced with the question of how to expand their Four-Diamond, Five-Star lodge near Yosemite National Park, Delaware North Corporation was faced with a decision to make. They were considering two options: 1) a multi-year conventional site-built expansion or 2) building individual stand-alone nightly rental cabins. They decided to build rental cabins, but it would only work if they relied on the benefits of modular construction to shorten their timeframes, and to get to market quickly. It turned out to be the right choice. Kam Valgardson from Irontown Modular lays out the challenges and successes of this project.

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.

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 projects success.

5 Key Stakeholders of a Modular Project Panel

If you're new to modular, here's an opportunity to ask questions and hear from the 5 key stakeholders needed to execute a successful modular project. Once the benefits of combining modular and conventional construction are understood the focus should now be on the early collaboration between stakeholders to design, scope, budget and fund the project.

Developer: Brad Wagstaff, CEO, Mogul Capital
Brad Wagstaff, with 20 years’ experience in real estate development, finance, investment, and acquisition, is the managing partner and owner of the hospitality-focused real estate development company, Mogul Capital. Prior to forming Mogul Capital, Mr. Wagstaff worked for seven years as Investment Analyst and Manager for Intel Capital, Intel Corporation’s venture capital investment fund. Mr. Wagstaff holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Brigham Young University and a Master’s of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2005, Mr. Wagstaff formed Mogul Capital, a specialty real estate development company focused on opportunistic development and investment transactions. Since 2005, Mogul Capital has acquired, developed, and invested in over $325 million of real estate projects, including a $200M hotel development portfolio across five Marriott and Hilton brands, $60M of single tenant retail developments, $40M of multi-family apartment complexes, and a $20M car wash portfolio. In 2018, Mogul Capital opened a 354-key dual-branded Courtyard and TownePlace Suites in Hawthorne, CA. This project was Marriott’s first dual-branded modular project and Marriott’s largest modular project to date. Mogul Capital has over $350 million in assets under management and has over $300 million in modular hospitality and condo projects at various stages of development and construction in the Western US.

Manufacturer: Andy Berube, Vice President, Stack Modular Structures
Andy is a Stack Modular Board of Director and as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing, he is responsible for the expansion of Stack Modular’s brand and global market presence. Andy's 25 years of development experience spans over multiple industries and has spent the last 5 years working with stakeholders within the hospitality, multi-family, senior and student housing sectors to understand best practices when implementing a strategy that combines both conventional and modular methods of construction.

Architect: Troy Tiddens, Principal, neUdesign
Troy has been in the Modular Industry since 2001 and spent over 17 years with Guerdon Enterprises playing an integral role in the company’s growth and development. From his years directing the Design & Project Management teams, Troy has built a foundation of knowledge and continues to push the limits of “traditional” design standards within modular construction. His focus and attention to detail have proven invaluable for driving projects of all shapes and sizes through the manufacturing and site assembly process. Troy’s focus and forethought for product innovation, modular feasibility studies and constructability reviews have been an invaluable asset to many award-winning modular projects. Troy’s current role with NeUdesign Architecture is leveraging his years of industry knowledge to help “bridge the gap” between the traditional design-build and the factory manufacturing process.

Finance: Larry Dalton, SVP Hotel Franchise, Western Alliance Bank
Dalton has been in the commercial real estation industry for 36 years.

General Contractor: Matt Mitchell, President, Proset Modular
Matt provides and assists in project development with a high focus placed upon the modular aspects of operations and project development. His years of experience in the modular sector continually provides the support and solutions to contribute to the success of projects.

Moderator: Jennifer Abuzeid, Senior Director, Global Design Strategies, Marriott

Thinking, Inside and Outside the Modular Box: An Architect’s Role in Modular Building Design

Matt Chiodini, Associate Architect, OZ Architecture

Think an architect’s eye for design and functionality has no place in modular construction? Then it’s time to spend more time thinking inside — or is it outside? — the modular box. This presentation highlights how OZ Architecture and other visionaries in the field are treating modular design as a thoughtful (and practical) way to elevate the livability, appeal and, ultimately, the long-term value of pre-built structures. Modular, affordable and attainable shouldn’t mean settling for the mundane. OZ’s in-house modular building specialist Matt Chiodini uses examples of the firm’s work and other leading-edge modular design to reveal how, by involving an architect’s sensibilities in the modular process, developers and contractors can tap into the limitless possibilities with exteriors, materials, finishes, features, space utilization and more. This collaboration can help distinguish modular projects from the all-too-average crowd, creating lasting value not only for the clients and their properties, but for the people who occupy them.

This Is How We Do It: One Architecture Firm’s Best Approach to Modular Delivery

Rommel Sulit, Founding Principal, & Scott Ginder, Founding Principal, Forge Craft Architecture + Design

What is modular? Those in the know know enough to be dangerous. Images of shiny-object building components like prefabricated walls, SIPs panels, elaborate joint components, and volumetric modular boxes from the simple railroad container to well-appointed tiny homes immediately populate the general public’s imaginings. But these are only the tip of the modular iceberg. Modular design and construction is first and foremost a delivery method—one that hovers between the extremes of product manufacturing and conventional site-built construction. Decades, even centuries, of means and methods and best practices and processes for both extremes are recorded in our construction literature, instruction manuals, specifications, and 2D and 3D design documents. But there is no single consensual “book” that tracks the optimal processes that would be relevant to the way we design and build the refined and precise modular products in which we are engaged today. The fact is, we are all actively writing the book as we go.



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