The next digital Offsite Construction Expo is focusing on the Toronto area on October 21, 2020

Case Study Presentation Topics

We've got a full slate of industry presenters for our upcoming Expo. Appropriate for all industry professionals but aimed at offsite construction contractors, developers, suppliers, and decision-makers in the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada, this Expo promises to be a true showcase of the abilities of offsite construction.

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All times in Eastern Standard Time.


9:00AM - 10:00AM         Coffee with Exhibitors
10:00AM - 10:40AM         Presentation and Q&A
10:40AM - 11:20AM            Presentation and Q&A
11:20AM - 12:00PM            Presentation and Q&A
12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch with Exhibitors
1:00PM - 1:40PM Presentation and Q&A 1:40PM - 2:20PM Presentation and Q&A 2:20PM - 3:00PM Presentation and Q&A 3:00PM - 4:00PM Exhibit Hall Open


Subject to change. Check back periodically for updates.

Session: Getting the Most out of Offsite Construction: Implementation Strategies & Guidelines

Laurie Robert | Vice President of Sales and Marketing, NRB, Inc., A Horizon North Company


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. This session draws on the experience of industry experts that 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. Pre-construction begins with a holistic view of the permanent modular construction industry today, followed by a look at some of the strategies and best practices needed to launch a successful project for all stakeholders. Topics include modular design development and integration; the decision making process; the significance of the “module;” ideal project delivery methods and contract variables as well as roles, responsibilities and scope of work delineation—all at the pre-bid or pre-construction phase.

Session: CLIPs: innovative, prefabricated, mass timber panels deliver high-performance building envelopes

Duncan Bourke | Director of Engineering and Technical Operations, Element5

Max Garcia | Technical Operations Manager, Element5

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As we look to the future, we know the next big step toward sustainable development is the industrialization of the construction process. Factory-built solutions are the key to the significant gains in construction efficiency and building performance that we need, not only to improve our built environment but also to reduce its carbon footprint. Precision built, prefabricated mass timber envelope assemblies lead to significant gains in building performance, including: optimized material use, improved thermal efficiency, reduced operational energy costs, reduced carbon emissions, and increased asset values. Element5, an industry innovator and manufacturer of cross laminated timber and other mass timber building components, will discuss mass timber engineering and design for manufacturing and assembly. The performance and application of of cross-laminated insulated panels (CLIPs) will be presented including a review of the technical aspects of their submission to the Canada Earth Tower competition where they designed and prototyped a prefabricated, wood-based facade system for tall wood buildings.

Session: Why Modular - the unforeseen soft cost savings of modular construction

Andy Berube | Vice President, Stack Modular Group

Jim Dunn | President & CEO, Stack Modular Group



It’s often said that modular construction is faster than conventional construction. This is because instead of waiting for site preparation and foundations to be completed, modules are manufactured at the same time as the site is prepared and the foundation is built. This overlap in processes results in significant time-savings — 20% to 50%, according to a 2019 McKinsey report compared to conventional construction. But speed isn’t the only benefit of modular construction.

Session: Solving Industry and Societal Challenges with Modular Construction: A Case Study

Jared Dielwart | Business Development Lead, Nomodic

Craig Zacharias | Project Development Lead, Nomodic



We’re living in times of change, and the world is in desperate need of a more sustainable way to construct and maintain the buildings we all need to survive. With modular construction, communities and developers have access to what is ultimately a quicker and more sustainable way to address the urgent need for housing. But the industry in Canada still faces challenges: from complicated weather and terrain, to coordination between multiple stakeholders, governments, and communities. In this eye-opening session, hear from Nomodic’s Jared Dielwart, Business Development Lead, and Craig Zacharias, Project Development Lead, as they provide an overview of the hurdles and successes of Nomodic’s recent modular projects: from supportive housing developments for BC Housing, to retail and hospitality developments. Learn about how the lessons gained from modular projects in the West can be successfully applied to solve industry and societal challenges in Ontario and Eastern Canada.

Session: 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


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 presentation by an FBH architect, Nickolos Gomez from Lowney Architecture, explores how to manage complex details and installations while avoiding common pitfalls. Hear lessons learned, told through the lens of actual project case studies.

Session: Knock Down Volumetric Module Frames Made with Cold-Formed Steel

Julian Bowron | CTO, MetalOQ

Blair Davies | COO, MetalOQ



Cold-formed steel framing 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 two people 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.