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Opening Remarks: New York City’s RFP for Modular Construction

Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, New York City

For the first time ever, New York City is requiring modular construction to accelerate the development of affordable housing under a its “Housing New York 2.0” program. In May, the City issued a request for proposals for the design, construction, and management of a mixed-income and mixed-use affordable housing development in Brooklyn. Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen says of the initiative, “As Housing New York 2.0 revs up the City’s affordable housing engine, innovations in building and design technology can help us move faster and smarter. This RFP will be key to developing our understanding of how modular housing can work for the New York market.” The Deputy Mayor will open the Offsite Construction Expo on December 14 at 9am.

Housing New York 2.0: A World-Class City Embraces Offsite Construction 

Jon Cohen, Policy Advisor, Housing and Economic Development, New York City

The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development hopes to “crack the code” when it comes to prefab and is seeking partners to build low-income and senior housing using modular construction. The NYC HPD is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse thriving neighborhoods for New Yorkers through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for tenants and building owners. Join Jon Cohen and his team to hear how HPD wants to use offsite construction to help fulfill Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York Plan which was recently expanded and accelerated through Housing New York 2.0 to complete the initial goal of 200,000 homes two years ahead of schedule—by 2022, and achieve an additional 100,000 homes over the following four years, for a total of 300,000 homes by 2026.

Assembled in Six Days: Gotham Medical Uses Offsite Construction to Build Mini-Hospital on Staten Island

Laurie Robert, VP Sales & Marketing, NRB, Inc. John Buongiorno, Modular Division Director, Axis Construction Corporation

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. In this session, modular building experts Laurie Robert of NRB, Inc. and John Buongiorno of Axis Construction Corporation 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. NRB and Axis were awarded a design/build contract by New York City Health and Hospitals and recently completed Vanderbilt Family Health Clinic – Gotham Medical. Comprised of 60 modules, the two-story 20,000 square foot facility meets the NYC-HHC program requirements, NYC building codes, Article 28 diagnostic and treatment requirements, and is rated LEED Silver. Laurie and John will discuss modular design development, the decision making process, the significance of the “module,” ideal project delivery methods, stakeholder scopes of work, and more.

Pushing the Boundaries: Using Modular Construction to Develop the Hospitality Industry

Ewelina Woźniak-Szpakiewicz, CEO and Managing Director, DMD Modular Ltd. & Danny Forster, Danny Forster & Architecture

DMD Modular Ltd. recently completed the prototype phase of both a historic and groundbreaking project—the AC Marriott to be located at 842 Sixth Avenue in New York. When finished, the building will be the tallest modular hotel in the world at 25 stories. Produced at DMD’s production facility in Skawina, Poland, each guestroom is one module, characterized by quality, functionality, and the attention to detail that Marriott Corporation and its guests demand. One hundred and sixty eight modular guestrooms make up the project. Join Ewelina Wozniak-Szpakiewicz as she discusses this innovative project and the role of modular construction in the hospitality industry. Ewelina is the Chief Executive Officer at DMD Modular Ltd. and honored to be one of the inaugural members of the European Council of Modular Building Institute. As a past Director of Innovation and Product Development, Ewelina has actively spear-headed modular construction in Poland often bridging academic research and to the manufacturing industries. During her term at DMDmodular she has already brought worldwide attention to the firm with projects ranging from New York and Paris to Denmark. Offering clients, the highest quality in the volumetric modular technology, in the hospitality, education and housing industries.

Architect, TV host and producer, professor, public speaker, and founder of Danny Forster & Architecture, Danny Forster rejects conventional wisdom in favor of bold thinking, collaborating with clients to push the boundaries of contemporary design. Danny has designed towers in New York City's two most significant 21st century developments: the World Trade Center and Hudson Yards. Currently, he is working on the tallest modular hotel in the world, under construction in Manhattan, and a 400,000 s.f. compound on the island of Nevis that will be the world's first five-star modular resort. For six seasons, Danny hosted and produced Discovery Channel's award-winning series Build It Bigger, which explored ground-breaking architectural and engineering projects around the world.

Setting up for Success: Securing Buy-in & Efficiently Planning for Modular Construction

Roger Krulak, CEO, Full Stack Modular

Offsite construction methods have once again awed the world, this time by building the tallest volumetric modular building ever at 32 stories. With over 25 years in the construction industry, Roger Krulak has extensive experience on both the construction and development sides of real estate. Prior to starting FC Modular within Forest City Ratner Companies, Roger spent 12 years at FCRC as SVP of Mixed Use and Residential Development entitling and planning over 1,000 residential apartment units. Roger is also the recipient of a Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award for his work on the creation of a high-rise modular process. In this session, he will assess the benefits of modular construction for each party, demonstrate how these benefits can be used to secure buy-in, benchmark best practices to engage and motivate teams to collaborate and innovate together, and how to map out workflows and processes to be successful.

Building Modular in Boston

Bart Tocci, Business Development and Taylor Liles, Virtual Design & Construction, Tocci Building Corporation

Tocci Building Corporation is building the largest modular project in the city of Boston: The Graphic. The Graphic is two buildings—46 units of adaptive reuse and 125 units of modular construction. The developer for this project is Berkeley Investments, the architect is ICON Architecture, the fabricator is RCM, and Tocci is the construction manager. Bart Tocci, in charge of business development, and Taylor Liles, who oversees virtual design and construction, will discuss Tocci’s approach to modular construction using The Graphic as a case study. Highlighting their use of technology to bridge the gap between project team members, Bart and Taylor will cover the benefits and challenges of modular multifamily construction as well as lessons learned from The Graphic.

Out of Practice

John Cerone, Director of Virtual Design & Construction, SHoP Architects

SHoP Architects, the award-winning firm responsible for the design of such iconic buildings as the Barclays Center and the world’s tallest modular high-rise at 461 Dean Street, was founded twenty years ago to harness the power of diverse expertise in the design of buildings and environments that improve the quality of public life. As both practitioners and educators, SHoP’s commitment to challenging the process of building seeks to prove that beauty and technological proficiency are not mutually exclusive. Join John Cerone, Director of Virtual Design and Construction, as he presents SHoP’s groundbreaking research in the areas of modular construction, direct-to-fabrication delivery, virtual and augmented reality, reality capture, product life-cycle management (PLM), virtual design and construction, and real-time rendering. John has been instrumental in SHoP’s development of technology and process, working toward establishing a framework that positions the design workflow for the AEC industry’s inevitable shift to a purely model-based delivery.



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