Getting the Most out of Off-Site Construction: Implementation Strategies
Show(s): Concrete Canada, Construct Canada, Homebuilder & Renovator Expo, PM Expo
Location: South Building
Credits: OAA: 1 Accreditation(s): OAA
Stream(s): Project Planning, Design, Delivery, Management & Best Practices
W502 – Offsite construction is on a steady rise throughout North America. Many don’t realize that 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 from different regions of Canada. These experts will 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. Attendees of all levels of experience can learn from this panel discussion. It should interest all those in the construction industry and provide a better understanding of offsite construction methods.
Laurie Robert, Vice President Sales & Marketing at NRB, Inc.
Laurie Robert is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing with NRB Inc. in Grimsby, ON and NRB (USA)in New Holland, PA, a manufacturing company focused on the advancement of permanent modular construction. She is a LEED Accredited Professional with Specialty (BD & C)) and was involved in the design and construction of the first LEED Gold certified commercial modular project built by NRB in Canada in 2010. Laurie is a Past President of the Modular Building Institute (MBI) (2001), the industries international Trade Association and is a current trustee and past Board Chair of the MBI Canadian Educational Foundation an organization dedicated to promoting education and research in off-site modular construction. She is an experienced industry trainer and presenter on the subject of modular construction. Laurie currently serves on the executive of the Board of Direction of the National Institute of Building Sciences Off-site Construction Council in Washington DC.
Ray Girouard, Director of Commercial Sales at Kent Homes
Ray Girouard is the Director of Commercial Sales for Kent Homes in Bouctouche, New Brunswick. Kent Homes has been a manufacturer of modular homes and commercial buildings for 60 years and primarily serves Eastern and Northern Canada. Ray has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and has spent the past 20 years in the modular industry. He has held roles in engineering and design, project management, and is currently in a senior leadership position managing the Commercial Sales and Rental portions of the business. Ray also currently serves as the Board Chair of the MBI Canadian Educational Foundation.