Charlottesville, VA - The Modular Building Institute (MBI) will host its Government & Military Construction Conference in Washington, D.C. June 17-18, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. This conference will connect high-level military experts with MBI members and continue to focus industry efforts toward the high quality construction efforts that have been supporting the military for several years.
"U.S. 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 and military leaders to expedite the industry's contribution to important homeland security, border security, MILCON, BRAC, and international military construction projects."
The conference line-up will include: Charles Matta, FAIA, from the General Services Administration speaking on building information modeling; Col. Michael Hutchinson from the Air Force Center for Engineering & the Environment; Jack Rever, PE, from the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior; MBI executive director Tom Hardiman on the Government Accountability Office report on defense infrastructure; MBI lobbyist Paul Miller; Dr. Tom Barrett on the psychology of winning new government business; and an expert panel on integrating modular into site-built construction. Thursday also includes a continental breakfast, networking lunch, and networking reception. The conference wraps up with table-top exhibits and a continental breakfast on Friday, June 18.
A featured session at the conference will be "Integrating Modular and Site Built Construction." The speed, efficiency, and inherently greener qualities of modular construction are hard to beat, leading to more government agencies specifying the use of modular buildings. In fact, the U.S. Army, Coast Guard, Customs & Border Protection, Department of Education Impact Aid, and Bureau of Indian Affairs have all recently given preference to modular construction. Site-built contractors, however, often have the name recognition preferred by the government. In response, modular and site-built contractors alike are asking how these two construction methods can interface. Examples include projects with tight deadlines, those built in secure environments, those where weather may impede construction, and those needing repetitive interior structures. Moderated by MBI executive director Tom Hardiman, an expert panel of contractors representing both forms of construction will engage the audience in an informative and lively conversation about using modular buildings to reduce design and construction cost, complete projects faster, and deliver higher quality for military housing, offices, college dormitories, schools, hospitals, hotels, retail, and more. Panelists include Linc Moss, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Ramtech Building Systems; Wes Carter, director & general manager, federal & military programs, Warrior Group; Don Gravitt, estimating & design manager, Warrior Group; and John Scott, president, Scott Long Construction.
To register or for more information on the conference, click here or call toll-free 888-811-3288.
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 www.modular.org.