What factors are driving the trend toward modular construction?
Moderator: Ivan Rupnik, Founding Partner at MOD X, Assoc. Professor at Northeastern University’s School of Architecture
Breakout Topic: The Case for Modular Construction in a Post-Pandemic World Paul Williamson, Past Managing Director NU Build, UK -Modular and offsite solutions to the construction productivity dilemma are now more important than ever. The need to do more with less in a Covid safe way will continue to drive the industry towards offsite solutions. In this presentation we will address the drivers towards modular in a Post-Pandemic world.
Breakout Topic: Modular Construction hits the Main Stream for Multifamily & Hospitality John Beddow, CEO, Guerdon Modular Buildings
Breakout Topic: Craig Mitchell, Black Box Modular, formerly Director Innovative Solutions, Metric Modular -The pandemic has highlighted where our systems have failed us and left us vulnerable. Increasing the adoption of modular construction can solve some of the crises occurring in our cities and accentuate the push toward more sustainable construction. -The pandemic has exposed where the holes are in our society. Within our cities, the coronavirus has shown us where our safety nets have failed for our most vulnerable populations. The inadequacy of safe and healthy housing for both lower income families and our elderly have highlighted the need for a robust and diversified housing stock within our cities. Further add in natural disasters as a result of climate change, and we have left large segments of our population exposed to risks we have never before seen. - In order to begin solving these issues and accelerating the delivery of seniors’ and affordable housing, now is the time to grow the use of modular construction. As governments look to kickstart the economy, there has never been a better time to leverage the strengths and benefits of modular. There are times and places for customization in construction, but if we are serious in delivering on our mandates for greater affordability and sustainability, then we need to take a more systematic approach. Furthermore, the controlled protocols within a factory setting can ensure a safe and productive workforce, all within the constraints of new social distancing measures.