Using Shipping Containers as Building Blocks

Wednesday, November 15 at 9:00am

Speaker: Stephen Shang, Falcon Structures

There are countless numbers of empty unused shipping containers around the world just sitting on shipping docks taking up space. After cargo has arrived, it’s often too expensive to ship empty containers back to their origin, resulting in a high surplus of empty shipping containers. Shipping containers are strong, corrosion resistant, and can reduce construction time by up to 40%. Hard and soft costs are lower as well, particularly in expensive urban and mid-rise markets. Containers can also meet building needs across diverse residential, industrial, commercial, and retail applications. Join an industry expert as he leads an informative discussion on using shipping containers as building blocks in the construction of restaurants, offices, apartments, dorms, emergency shelters, homes, and more.


From Finance to Fit-Out: A 360° Perspective on Modular Construction

Wednesday, November 15 at 9:40am

Speakers: Warren Hayes, Hayes Modular Group; Rich Rozycki, Z Modular; Scott Ginder and Rommel Sulit, Forge Craft Architecture

As modular construction has evolved from temporary facilities deployed for emergency needs to an innovative and modern method of construction for even large multistory permanent buildings, the financial, development, design and construction aspects have similarly become more complex. This presentation offers a unique and panoramic view of permanent modular construction (PMC) from the perspective of several stakeholders involved in a PMC project. Presenters will discuss the pros and cons of modular construction, considerations for developers, design considerations for architects and engineers, the role of the modular fabricator, and the importance of speed for the end user, operator, and building occupants.


Subassemblies = Better Materials, Less Waste, Faster Construction

Wednesday, November 15 at 10:20am

Speaker: Chris Giattina, BLOX

The construction industry has been building the same way for years and is now under significant pressure to build faster and reduce costs, even as material costs climb and skilled labor becomes harder to find. Innovative technologies like pods and building subassemblies provide an opportunity to escalate the pace of change needed to overcome industry challenges. The use of components like these allows architects, contractors, developers, and owners to apply manufacturing best-practices to the construction process, ensuring consistent high-quality products in a fraction of the time, as well as contribute to a cleaner and safer work environment and help reduce material, waste, and labor costs while increasing speed to occupancy. In this session, a pioneer in the offsite construction will discuss how subassemblies are helping hotels, hospitals, schools, apartments, and more to finish projects faster and with higher quality.


Arlington Classics Academy's Elementary School Addition

Wednesday, November 15 at 1:00pm

Speaker: Linc Moss, Gary Davenport, and Roland Brown, Ramtech Building Systems

Arlington Classics Academy is a Texas registered charter school. With enrollment demands leading to a waiting list of over 500 candidates, the school has been in a growth mode since its inception. Facing this challenge, the school initially took the conventional route, hiring an architect and pursuing the project utilizing design-bid-build. The bids that were tendered were all over budget, forcing a rethink of their approach. Turning to the combination of modular construction and design-build, the school was able to capture the time previously lost and complete the project within budget. This presentation will cover the project from initial design programming to the certificate of occupancy.


Mass Timber: Disrupting Traditional Construction Methods with Sustainable Solutions

Wednesday, November 15 at 1:40pm

Speaker: Mark Bartlett, PE, Woodworks - Wood Products Council

Construction methods have generally remained constant over the last several decades. However, a growing number of owners, developers and contractors are looking for answers to the million-dollar question: how to build faster, safer and better—and do it for less. This presentation will provide an overview of mass timber products available, including glue-laminated timber (glulam), cross-laminated timber (CLT), and nail-laminated timber (NLT), with an emphasis on their use in off-site construction. Applications for these products under modern building codes will be discussed, and examples of their use in U.S. projects reviewed. Due to their high strength-to-weight ratios and prefabricated nature, mass timber systems can offer a number of benefits, including faster construction, improved material efficiency and worker safety, enhanced quality assurance, and reduced material, labor and interest costs. Discussion will include examples of how these benefits have been realized, as well as current mass timber trends.


Precast Concrete Structural and Envelope System Solutions

Wednesday, November 15 at 2:20pm

Speaker: Chris Lechner, Precast Concrete Manufacturers’ Association of Texas

A recent NIBS survey on offsite construction found precast concrete structural components were the most often used element of off-site construction in the previous year. Precast concrete is used in a variety of building types for both structural and building envelope components. Produced in regional plants under national certification standards, precast construction offers architects a great deal of aesthetic diversity and reduced liability, and offers CMs and GCs schedule and budget reliability. Its durability, multi-hazard protection capabilities, energy-efficiency, and resilient properties make it an effective solution for commercial, multi-family, and industrial projects. This presentation will provide an overview of the most common systems of precast concrete products, cover basic design criteria and capabilities, and explore case studies showing how precast was used to solve diverse design and construction challenges.


2017 Agenda


8:00pm-10:00pm           Exhibits Setup


6:00am-8:00am           Exhibits Setup

8:00am-4:00pm           Exhibits Open

8:00am-9:00am           Coffee with Exhibitors

9:00am-11:00am        Presentations

12:00pm-1:00pm        Networking Lunch

1:00pm-3:00p   Presentations

3:00pm-4:00p   Networking Reception

4:00pm-7:00p   Exhibitor Breakdown 

Subject to change. Check back periodically for updates.





About Event

The Offsite Construction Expo will feature exhibits from offsite construction contractors, traditional contractors that have integrated offsite methods, offsite factories, transportation companies, architects, engineers, BIM suppliers, materials suppliers, and consultants of all types of offsite construction processes. Additionally, case studies will be presented on the hour on the expo floor.

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