Advancing Capabilities Workshop Day

Series 1
Establishing Your Prefabrication Capabilities

Series 2
Scaling & Optimizing Your Productization Capabilities

Series 3
Pushing the Boundaries of Industrialized Construction Innovation


Workshop A
I Think Prefabrication Is Right for My Project:
Now What?

Marty Corrado, General Superintendent, JE Dunn

Prefab often starts with one champion understanding the why and identifying an opportunity to prefabricate on their project. Yet it takes significant change to traditional design and construction approaches and the buy-in of many people to make prefab a reality. Therefore, this workshop will walk you through the steps of going from idea to execution.

  • Outlining the roadmap of different types of prefabrication: What are the key conditions that make different levels of prefabrication a good option for your project?
  • Understanding how to cost up and evaluate whether a prefab option is right for your team to get the buy-in of your peers and superiors
  • Highlighting the key elements of pre-planning and design that must change to maximize project savings: What are the common mistakes made when pursuing more ambitious prefab for the first time that we should avoid?


Workshop B
Overcoming Internal Resistance to Building
Your Prefab Capabilities

Dan Suehring, Prefabrication Manager, Sargent Electric

While the concept of prefab is becoming more readily accepted across the industry, there are still many naysayers who don’t want to change the ‘tried and tested’ means of construction. This can be a critical barrier to successfully integrating prefabrication into your organization, and so this workshop gives you the tips and tricks you need to promote prefab acceptance within your company.

  • Understanding common resistance from different levels of the organization and how to harness internal prefab champions to increase energy and momentum throughout your teams
  • Highlighting the key metrics that you can begin to track with your prefab applications to demonstrate the value to all levels of the organization
  • Benchmarking ways to incentivize prefab adoption with project teams and the most impactful actions of senior management to reinforce these initiatives


Workshop C
Getting Started With Multi-Trade

Andy Jackson, DfMA Lead, Fortis Construction

Art Neri, Prefab Manager, Fortis Construction

Scott Pisani, Senior Prefab & MEP Manager, Fortis

Jeff Briscoe, MEP Superintendent, Fortis Construction

The additional level of buy-in and coordination required for multi-trade prefab remains a barrier for many contractors in expanding their prefab efforts. That said, the industry is changing and more teams are now initiating higher levels of coordination on their projects to maximize savings. Therefore, whether a GC or Trade, this workshop will provide the insight you need to embark on your first multi-trade prefab project.

  • Integrating the efforts of all parties as true partners in a DfMA and prefabrication build approach: Who needs to take the lead and how can you get buy-in from the right people?
  • Mapping out the process of planning and coordinating with all trades to build a robust plan for prefabrication: How can this then be reflected into preconstruction and contractual agreements to provide clarity of scope, labor and responsibilities?
  • Exploring the role of the general contractor as master integrator throughout modeling and coordination, and sharing lessons learned to streamline this process
  • Revealing lessons learned from setting up facilities to build multi-trade assemblies onsite and how the trades need to work together to streamline the production process


Workshop D

Transforming Your Prefab Shop Into a
Manufacturing Facility

Sonny Dietrich, Logistics & Productivity Manager, Morrow
Meadows Corporation

To take your operations to the next level and become a leader in the Industrialized Construction Revolution it is critical to move away from construction under a roof. This workshop will walk through the steps and challenges of transitioning towards a more lean, high-functioning operation.

  • Defining what world-class manufacturing looks like for
    a construction firm and the role of a plant manager in achieving this goal
  • Outlining the basic lean principles and methodologies that underpin manufacturing excellence
  • Highlighting the resources and investment required to
    transform your facility and scale up production capacity
  • Understanding the fundamental building blocks of process
    flow and production control to optimize facility layout and establish more advanced systems for your facility
  • Evolving the terminology you use to define functions and
    operations: How can you encourage the right mindset across your entire organization?


Workshop E

Expanding Your VDC Department to Enable
More Ambitious Productization

Lonnie Cumpton, Senior Director of Industrialized
Construction, Sanveo

  • While it’s possible to establish prefab operations without robust VDC capabilities, to take on more ambitious prefabrication at scale, this team is critical. Therefore, this workshop will explore how to build and optimize this function for your organization.
  • Establishing the role of your BIM and VDC department in
    moving from prefabrication to productization: What are the tools, workflows and departmental integrations that need to be established?
  • Mapping the flow of information from Designers to BIM
    to Fab and the skills needed to produce high quality,
    consistent products
  • Addressing the challenge of finding and retaining VDC
    staff with the right skills to model for prefabrication: What
    additional training can you provide in house to quickly upskill staff?


Workshop F

Scaling the Capabilities of One High-
Performing Facility Across Multiple Regions

Steve Rose, Corporate Director of Prefab & Packaging,
Rosendin Electric

Many established firms have successfully established a thriving prefab operation in one area, but scaling that cross regionally is one of the biggest roadblocks to expanding your capabilities. Therefore, this workshop will reveal how one firm has managed to scale their operations and the lessons learned in this process to stop reinventing the wheel.

  • Understanding the indicators to scale up your operations
    and open a second facility
  • Highlighting the fundamental processes that must be standardized and blueprinted to be easily adopted elsewhere
  • Harnessing the prefab champions and experience developed in one region to begin educating new teams
    and ensure longevity of your operations in a new location
  • Reviewing the biggest time and resource challenges of
    opening a second and third facility and how to mitigate
    these early-stage challenges


Workshop G

Benchmarking Robust Integration Strategies
to Maximize DfMA in Complex Built

Kyle Weisman, Associate Vice President & Project Manager,
HGA Architects & Engineers

Prefabrication has historically been layered onto a project after the design is set, reducing the opportunities for design quality and impactful prefabrication. To meet quality expectations in industrialized construction, early integration of all stakeholders is critical. For example, a building that
seeks to achieve maximum prefabrication requires that a goal be established at the beginning, design to be based on an established kit of parts, and early mitigation planning for constraints such as supply chain. Therefore, this session will explore how to layer in design rigor for standardized solutions, and explore an integrated model that enables the team to work from final assembly backwards into planning and design to achieve quality and meet the varying conditions of satisfaction. Join this workshop to:

  • Understand how to approach design for streamlined assembly at increasing levels of complexity: Components, Pods (rooms) and Mods (enclosures), without sacrifice to quality
  • Learn to optimize roles of people, process, and tools in an integrated approach, leveraging Lean concepts and solving critical challenges for building systems, engineering systems, interior finishes, and rated structures
  • Hear case studies from various projects that illustrate successes and lessons learned in DfMA


Workshop H

Integrating Advanced Automation to Your

Nick Masci, Lean Leader, Haley & Aldrich

While true automation promises a big return on productivity, this is a monumental investment that you need to get right. Therefore, this workshop will provide the guidance you need to embark on this journey.

  • Underlining the characteristics of an organization ready for automation and where you sit on that spectrum
  • Harnessing value stream mapping to assess where there
    is excessive cycle time in your facility and identify the best
    opportunity for automation
  • Benchmarking the best tools and education required to
    increase your Industrialized Construction maturity and make you ready for more advanced systems
  • Educating your people to work effectively with automated
    systems and maximize productivity
  • Building a roadmap to scale up the level of automation in
    your facility: What are the things that the most advanced
    firms have introduced to further reduce production time and increase capacity?


Workshop I

Applying Lean Manufacturing Approaches
to Our Industry to Accelerate Industrialized

Charlie Dunn, Production Design, DPR Construction

This is a hands-on workshop to explore the tenets of lean manufacturing, process flow, takt planning and reduction of variance. We will utilize four different simulations that you can take away and repeat with your teams, a collaboration period to capture tangible next steps for the application of lean manufacturing principles and advancements to our industry, and above all, a chance to really dig into process flow with advanced practitioners in the room.

We will:

  • Introduce the importance of Takt, Process Flow and Small
    Batch Manufacturing, and how this can be employed by
    prefabricators and their teams today
  • Understand the impact of waste and variance and identify
    further opportunities for industrialized approaches that
    optimize flow
  • Bring together a complex multi-trade environment and
    experience the difference between chaos and calm: How
    can cycle time and throughput rates be accelerated through advanced lean manufacturing approaches?