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

Case Study Presentation Topics

A call for presentations is currently open. Submit your presentation idea.


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

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: 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: To Stack or Not to Stack

Andy Berube | Vice President, Stack Modular Group


Modular construction is not a perfect solution to every project, but when there is a match, the benefits can be significant. Join executives from Stack Modular Structures as they discuss the winning (steel) modular project profile, the path to success in the modular pre-construction phase, and the importance of GC integration when executing a high rise modular project.

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

duncan bourke from elemant5    max garcia from element5


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: Strategies and Developing Challenges for Volumetric Modular Construction

Chris Schmidt | Senior Project Executive, Z Modular


The modular construction industry—and innovators like Z Modular—is becoming more sophisticated and evolving quicker than ever before, both from a design/technical and build/performance perspective. Z Modular has proven its willingness to "open source" its technology, unlock its ecosystem, and bring its standardized steel modular platform to the masses to accelerate the evolution and acceptance of modular construction. This session will focus on both process and technical improvement in volumetric modular construction, from design to structural systems to assembly techniques, and will highlight how improved performance can improve access to growing markets for modular construction.

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.

Our Sponsors