Modular Building Institute



May 19, 2009
Contact: Tom Hardiman
Modular Building Institute
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Modular Building Institute to Host 2009 Government & Military Construction Conference in Washington, D.C.

Charlottesville, VA - Modular Building Institute (MBI) announced the speaker lineup today for its 2009 Government & Military Construction Conference in Washington, D.C. Conference dates are June 24-26, 2009 at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel. The conference is a follow-up to MBI's February 18 announcement that vast opportunities for military construction were outlined in the Obama Stimulus package. This conference will connect high-level military experts with MBI members, so that the work of rebuilding under that package can begin. The conference will also continue to focus industry efforts toward the high quality construction efforts that have been supporting the military for several years.

The military's reliance on modular construction began several years ago with the announcement of Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) and Marine Corps' Military Construction (MILCON). In 2007 MBI hosted a military conference in support of these government efforts, laying the groundwork for industry contributions to military barracks and office projects, particularly for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Since MBI's first Government & Military Construction Conference, numerous MBI members have contributed to office and multi-story modular installations like Ft. Bliss and Ft. Sam Houston.

The June 2009 Government & Military Construction Conference line-up will include: Three-star General Dr. Paul K. Carlton, Jr., director of the Office of Homeland Security for Texas A&M University Health Science Center; J. Joseph Tyler, PE, director of military programs for the US Army Corps of Engineers; US Congressman Mark Souder of Indiana's third district who is a ranking member on the Homeland Security subcommittee on border, maritime, and global counterterrorism; and, Cathy Schagh, Director of the Impact Aid Program in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

As a part of this year's conference, MBI will host Capitol Hill visits on Wednesday, June 24th. To follow on Thursday and Friday, June 25th and 26th, educational sessions will present planning opportunities to bring hundreds of construction projects and funding to the modular construction industry, to provide the latest information on MILCON and BRAC programs, to offer insights on opportunities for modular construction in border security and homeland security projects, and to discuss the $59.4 million in opportunity from impact aid grants that will be announced in July. Discussions will also focus on updating members on both the Employee Free Choice Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For more information or to register for this important conference, please visit

"Government and military construction is a rapidly expanding sector of the commercial modular construction market" said Tom Hardiman, MBI's executive director. "MBI's June construction conference in the nation's capital will bring leading providers of modular construction together with government & military leaders to expedite the industry's contribution to important homeland security, border security, MILCON, BRAC, and international military construction projects."

About MBI
Founded in 1983, the Modular Building Institute is the only, international, non-profit trade association serving non-residential modular construction. Our regular membership includes wholesale manufacturers, direct manufacturers, and dealers of commercial modular buildings, while our associate members are companies supplying building components, services, and financing to the industry. It is MBI's mission to grow the industry and its capabilities by encouraging innovation, quality, and professionalism through communication, education, and recognition. MBI also administers an educational foundation. For more information, visit


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