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The Offsite Construction Summit: Minneapolis Speakers

The Offsite Construction Summit arrived in Minneapolis, MN, on Thursday, June 20, 2024, for a full day of presentations from some of the brightest minds and rising stars in the offsite construction industry.

Expert Speakers from Across the Industry

Don't miss the next opportunity to learn from—and network with—leading offsite construction professionals from across the country. All of our featured speakers bring years of offsite construction experience and knowledge from all corners of the industry. And since our speakers will also be exhibiting at the event, attendees will have ample opportunity to connect with these industry leaders.

The Offsite Construction Summit comes to Minneapolis, MN, on June 20, 2024

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Minneapolis Offsite Construction Summit Speakers

Don't miss your next chance to see some of the most impactful offsite construction speakers from across the Midwest and around the country. Our 2024 speaker line-up, which features company leaders and design professionals from across the offsite spectrum, will address a variety of topics critical to the future of offsite, modular, and prefab construction in Minnesota and across the United States.

 

2024 Minneapolis Summit Speakers

Each Offsite Construction Summit features six to ten regional experts in offsite construction who present case studies, best practices, and lessons learned for industry professionals and potential end users alike. Speakers for this event include:

Lewis Lockwood

Lewis Lockwood

President

Lockwood Modular Solutions, LLC

Devean George

Devean George

President

George Modular Solutions

Dean Dovolis, AIA

Dean Dovolis, AIA

Founder & CEO

DJR Architecture

Amanda Pederson, AIA

Amanda Pederson, AIA

Associate

DJR Architecture

Scott England

Scott England

Principal

DJR Architecture

Madi Goodrich

Madi Goodrich

Director of Interior Design

DJR Architecture

Troy Tiddens

Troy Tiddens

Vice President, Design & Modular Project Management

RISE Modular

Justin Stewart, CEO, Synergy Modular

Justin Stewart

CEO

Synergy Modular

Jace Rossow, Regional Facades Manager, Wells Concrete

Jace Rossow

Regional Facades Manager

Wells®

Brian Nicholson, CEO, Advanced Volumetric Alliance

Brian Nicholson

CEO

Advanced Volumetric Alliance

2024 Presentations

Ex-NBA Player Reveals What’s Inside His New Modular Building Factory

Devean George
President
George Modular Solutions

Lewis Lockwood
CEO
George Modular Solutions

Scott England
Principal
DJR Architecture

Madi Goodrich
Director of Interior Design
DJR Architecture

Dean Dovolis
Founder & CEO
DJR Architecture (Moderator)

Devean George had an 11-season career in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, and Golden State Warriors. Now as president of George Modular Solutions, he is opening a new modular building factory in Northern Minneapolis, his hometown. Join this distinguished panel as they share the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” questions that were considered in making the decision to open a factory. The panel will also discuss how designing and constructing modular buildings is similar to traditional construction methods as well as important differences. Presenters include the factory owner, developer, and CEO in addition to seasoned architects and an interior designer with experience working with offsite construction.

"Missing Middle" Innovation: Deeply Affordable Modular Public Housing

Dean Dovolis
Founder & CEO
DJR Architecture

Amanda Pederson
Associate
DJR Architecture

Is it possible to provide deeply affordable “missing middle” housing using innovative building technologies? This was the question the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) sought to answer in their 2021 scattered sites request for proposal (RFP), spurred by the City of Minneapolis’s groundbreaking 2040 plan, which enabled historic density in areas previously restricted to single family zoning. This session will highlight the unforeseen challenges in project delivery and demonstrate how the blending of innovative zoning, design, building technology, and financing led to the creation of 84 affordable modular housing units on 16 sites spanning across the City of Minneapolis. This single-phase project constructed 130,000 square feet of housing in just 13 months and can serve as a model for providing transformative change in the form of modular, sustainable affordable housing in communities across the United States.

Embracing Market Demands in Offsite Construction

Troy Tiddens
Vice President, Design & Modular Project Management
RISE Modular

RISE Modular has focused on wood-framed volumetric modular construction since its entry into the industry in 2019. The organization quickly embraced market needs and jumped feet first into high-volume, customized modular manufacturing. Through two case studies, Troy Tiddens—vice president of design and modular project management—will present the variables RISE encounters within manufacturing and the unique mindset and approach the company uses to bring each project to fruition. While standardization may be the path to consistency, RISE believes offsite construction must also be adaptable in order to provide value, meet the market's evolving needs, and contribute to the expansion of the modular industry. The case studies in this presentation include Alvera Apartments, an award-winning 193-unit (154 modules) market-rate, urban-infill brownfield redevelopment and MPHA Family Housing Expansion Project, 84 deeply affordable units (126 modules) in 16 different buildings in scattered throughout various neighborhoods.

Unlocking Affordable Housing: A Modular Construction Success Story

Justin Stewart
CEO
Synergy Modular

Learn to harness the transformative power of modular construction in the affordable housing sector through an in-depth case study of a successful Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) project in Shoreline, Washington. This presentation is broken out into the pivotal strategies that contributed to the project's success—from early design guidance and integrated team efforts to transparent collaboration. Justin Stewart will walk you through the critical phases of the project, including initial design, fabrication, and onsite assembly, showcasing best practices and lessons learned that led to enhanced efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Gain practical insights and actionable strategies to navigate modular construction's complexities, ensure effective stakeholder integration, maintain open communication throughout projects, and explore how modular solutions can make affordable housing cost efficient and scalable for future development.

The Next Generation of Multi-Story Building: Prefabricated Building Envelopes

Jace Rossow
Regional Facades Manager
Wells®

Designers today are increasingly challenged to find building solutions that meet a trifecta of needs: achieving aesthetic vision, ensuring high performance for operations and sustainability, and working within client budgets. Enter prefabrication’s most recent evolution—complete building envelope solutions that integrate pre-engineered design, insulation, windows, and more. Jace Rossow from Wells will discuss how prefabricated panels arriving just-in-time require less on-site labor, can be engineered for multistory construction across multiple project types, and allow contractors to get buildings enclosed faster. Rossow will show how these high-performing, energy-efficient, and resilient envelopes that manufactured offsite speed construction of student housing, apartments, office buildings, and healthcare facilities.

Making Modular Work

Brian Nicholson
CEO
Advanced Volumetric Alliance

Modular construction can be a source of massive value to projects. The promise of shorter construction schedules, lower build costs, fewer change orders, and higher quality are often hoped-for outcomes by owners and developers. These opportunities, however, are too often under-realized. Schedules may not be as short as desired, costs may be higher, and new unanticipated issues may arise in the coordination of on-site and off-site construction. Brian Nicholson is CEO of Advanced Volumetric Alliance and will describe how cohesive modular-specific project teams contribute to successes and fulfilment of the modular-value-promise.

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