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Inside Modular: The Podcast of Commercial Modular Construction

Inside Modular delves into the world of commercial modular construction with news and trends, interviews with key industry players, and updates from MBI.


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Inside Modular is hosted by MBI's marketing director John McMullen.


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Episode Summaries

Episode 30: Integrating Sustainable Practices into Modular Design w/ FK Architecture

In this episode of Inside Modular, Gary Badge and Manny Lamarche of FK Architecture (formerly Fugleberg Koch) return to discuss FK's recent inclusion of modular design and the evolution of their design processes.

Gary and Manny also highlight their efforts to bring sustainable design elements into FK's modular construction projects and talk about the importance of sustainability both inside and outside the construction industry.

Lastly, Gary and Manny preview the prefabricated "tiny house" project that they're designing and how it can benefit the growing need for emergency and affordable housing needs around the country.

Episode 29: Creating an Industry-First Standard Contract for Modular/Prefabrication w/ ConsensusDocs

Brian Perlberg, executive director and senior counsel at ConsensusDocs, joins the podcast to talk about the recent creation of the offsite construction industry's first standard contract: ConsensusDocs 753 Standard Prefabricated Construction Contract. Created in partnership with MBI, this contract simplifies a formerly-complex and inadequate contracting process and provides greater clarity and well-defined risk allocation for all involved.

Brian also explains how 753 came to be and what additional resources the offsite/modular industry can look forward to soon.

Episode 28: Design for Automated Modular Manufacturing w/ Brave Control Solutions

In this episode of Inside Modular, Brent McPhail, founder and CEO of Brave Control Solutions, returns to discuss the current state of automation within the modular construction industry and what lies ahead as both designers and manufacturers embrace the benefits and challenges of modular automation.

Episode 27: Previewing MBI's NEW 2021 Modular Construction Industry Annual Reports

In this episode of Inside Modular, Tom Hardiman, executive director of the Modular Building Institute, previews MBI's just-released 2021 annual reports. Tom talks about how the reports were complied, what's new in the industry, and why these reports--filled with data direct from MBI member companies--are critical to the industry.

Episode 26: Near Miss in New York: How the Industry Dodged a Bullet & What's Coming Next

In this episode of Inside Modular, Claudia Granados, founder of New York advocacy firm The Carnelian Group, joins MBI's government affairs director Jon Hannah-Spacagna to discuss MBI's recent efforts to forestall legislation in New York that would significantly hamper modular construction in the state. Claudia and Jon also provide a preview of MBI's planned efforts in New York during the remainder of 2021 and into 2022.

Episode 25: How to Create an 11-Story Building in Just 15 Days w/ BROAD USA

BROAD USA's general manager Sunny Wang and director of communications Jeremy Zimman join the podcast to describe BROAD's newest project: an 11-story modular multifamily that was built in just 15 days and then stacked in only 29 hours. What was behind this remarkably fast turnaround? BROAD's adaptable B-CORE stainless steel building slabs.

Learn more about B-CORE—and about BROAD's commitment to environmentally-conscious business practices—in this episode of Inside Modular!

Episode 24: Building During a Labor Shortage: A Modular Case Study w/ Best GEN Modular

Michael Heitsman, President of Development at Best GEN Modular, joins the podcast to talk about Best GEN's newly-stacked housing development in Rapid City, South Dakota. Michael also discusses the labor shortage in the construction industry at-large and how Best GEN is bringing in and retaining talented workers.

Episode 23: How Owner/Developers Can Best Get Started with Modular Construction w/ R & S Tavares Associates

In this episode, Pedro Tavares and Anthony Gude of R & S Tavares Associates share best practices for owner/developers looking to incorporate modular construction into their upcoming projects.

Episode 22: Examining the Global Modular Construction Market w/ DORCE Ltd.

In this episode of Inside Modular, Mehmet Yucesoy, business development manager at Turkey's DORCE Ltd. shares DORCE's 40-year story of international success and details how modular construction can be applied to almost any construction market around the world. Mehmet also gives advice one how modular companies can begin and expand their globalization efforts.

Read more about DORCE here.

Episode 21: Constructing an Award-Winning Mixed-Use Firehouse Inside a National Reserve
w/ Modular Genius

Modular Genius president Damon Pross joins the podcast to discuss their recent award-winning mixed-use firehouse and community center. Set in the Pinelands of New Jersey, Modular Genius was challenged to build this structure within the legal and aesthetic confines of the Pinelands National Reserve. See their online case study here.

Damon also speaks about the advantages of using regional purchasing cooperatives to improve the materials procurement process.



Episode 20: Making the Case for Modular System Integration w/ The Cornerstone Collective

In this episode of Inside Modular, Suzie Hall, founder and president of The Cornerstone Collective, explains the idea of modular system integration. She also discusses the importance of communication during the modular construction process and some of the the current misconceptions of modular construction.

Episode 19: The Evolution and Future of Modular Showers w/ Roman Ltd.

In this episode, David Osborne, CEO of UK-based Roman Ltd., speaks about the growth of the international modular shower industry, how modular showers themselves have evolved, and the trends that will define the industry over the next few years.

Episode 18: The Challenge—And Value—Of Proper Modular Window Installation w/ WinTech

In this episode of Inside Modular, Chesney Beck, WinTech's vice president of sales and engineering, joins the show to discuss the challenges of proper window installation during modular construction and preview their new Modular Installation Certification. This certification—and free service of WinTech—was created to bring help modular manufacturers install windows correctly and consistently and will be officially introduced at the upcoming 2021 World of Modular.

Episode 17: Success in Salt Lake City: How the Adoption of New Modular Construction Standards in Utah Could Affect the Entire Country

In this episode, MBI's Government Affairs Director Jon Hannah-Spacagna shares breaking news about the adoption of new modular-friendly building standards in Salt Lake City. He also speaks about how this news could affect other cities and states around the country. Lastly, Jon provides an update on other government affairs initiatives and previews his panel presentation at the upcoming 2021 World of Modular.

Episode 16: The Potential of Automation in the Modular Construction Industry w/ Brave Control Solutions

On this episode of Inside Modular, Brent McPhail, founder and CEO of Brave Control Solutions, talks about the role that automation can play in the modular manufacturing process, its current limits and best uses, and its potential for the future. He also discusses the process that manufacturers can use to bring automated processes into their factories.

Episode 15: Previewing the 2021 World of Modular Conference & Tradeshow

Welcome to the second season of Inside Modular! In this episode, Tom Hardiman, executive director of the Modular Building Institute, joins the podcast to talk about the upcoming 2021 World of Modular. Scheduled for March 8-12, this year's World of Modular promises to have more speakers and more opportunities for learning than ever before. For those interested in the show, this episode is a must-listen!

Episode 14: Embracing Modular As Design Professionals w/ Fugleberg Koch

In this episode of Inside Modular, Principal Gary Badge and Senior Designer Manny Lamarche of Winter Park, Florida-based design firm Fugleberg Koch talk about FK's future and their recent inclusion of modular design into their portfolio. Gary and Manny identify the biggest factor they had to consider when designing a modular building, and they also discuss the perceived barriers that design professionals may come up against when switching to modular design.

Episode 13: Affordable Housing, Part 3: Exploring Canada's New Rapid Housing Initiative w/ Nomodic

In this episode of Inside Modular, Kevin Read, President & CEO of Nomodic, talks about the founding and growth of the company and about how the recently launched Rapid Housing Initiative by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation is quickly changing the affordable housing landscape in Canada.

Episode 12: Affordable Housing, Part 2: Modular Housing Construction w/ Horizon North Logistics

In this second part of our series on affordable housing, Rhys Kane and Brock Elliot from Horizon North join the podcast to discuss the advantages of the modular construction process and details about the affordable housing projects Horizon North is building all over Canada.

Episode 11: Affordable Housing, Part 1: Modular Housing Design w/ AO Architects

In this episode, RC Alley, partner at AO Architects in Southern California, joins the podcast to talk about the value of collaboration, the importance of finding an affordable housing solution, and how affordable modular housing projects can be designed to stand out or blend in with any aesthetic.

Episode 10: Case Studies of Modular School Projects w/ Innovative Modular Solutions

In this episode, Rob Gillingham and Bob Spista from Innovative Modular Solutions talk about how well-suited modular construction is for schools and, specifically, two projects on which they recently worked: a modular expansion of a traditionally-built primary school and a completely modular, phase-built high school.

Episode 09: MBI Government Affairs Update, October 2020

Jon Hannah-Spacagna, Government Affairs Director for the Modular Building Institute, joins the podcast to provide an update on MBI's behind-the-scenes work to remove legislative barriers and strengthen the foundation of commercial modular construction in North America.

Episode 08: The "RISE" of Modular Construction in the Upper Midwest w/ RISE Modular

In this episode of Inside Modular, Christian Lawrence, founder and CEO of RISE Modular in Minneapolis, talks about the creation of RISE, meeting demand in the Upper Midwest, the value of wood-based construction, modular construction's role in affordable housing, and the future of the industry.

Episode 07: A Closer Look at the Offsite Construction Expo

In this episode, MBI's Business Development Director Dave Sikora joins the podcast to talk about MBI's continuing sponsorship of the Offsite Construction Expo. The Expos will be all virtual for 2020, so Dave discusses what attendees can expect and why MBI sees such value in its sponsorship.

Episode 06: Architectural Design for Modular w/ Lowney Architecture

In this episode of Inside Modular, Nick Gomez, studio director at Lowney Architecture, calls in to talk about designing for modular buildings and the advantages for architects.

Episode 05: Hybrid Modular Construction w/ Stack Modular

This episode features Jim Dunn, President and founder of Stack Modular. He joins the podcast to talk about a recent hotel project in California which combines a significant site-built portion with Stack's factory-built modules. 

Episode 04: Container-Based Modular Buildings w/ CRATE Modular

In this episode, Amanda Gattenby, Vice President of Development at CRATE Modular joins the podcast to talk about all the possibilities of container-based modular construction as well as some specific projects that CRATE is working on in Southern California.

Episode 03: Modular Triage Units for COVID-19 w/ HHI Corporation

In this episode, MBI marketing director John McMullen talks with Cliff Hokanson, Executive VP of HHI Corporation, about HHI's new Mobile Triage Units. Cliff walks listeners through the layout of the units, describes their functions, and talks about the requirements for building modular healthcare facilities.

Episode 02: Structural Engineering for Modular Buildings w/ Innovative Structural Engineering

This episode features Landon Boucher and Shawn Lothrop from Innovative Structural Engineers. They join John McMullen, marketing director at MBI, to discuss the field of structural engineering and the value that designing for modular buildings can have for structural engineers.

Episode 01: Previewing the Modular Building Institute's 2020 Annual Reports

MBI Executive Director Tom Hardiman and Marketing Director John McMullen discuss the upcoming industry reports and preview the July/August 2020 issue of MBI's Modular Advantage magazine.

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