Modular Building Institute Announces Speakers for 35th Annual World of Modular Convention

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The Modular Building Institute celebrates the 35th Annual World of Modular convention in March, with high-profile modular builders, economists, academics, and industry leaders to discuss trends and innovation, business and risk management, as well as industry best practices.

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With interest in modular and offsite construction at an all-time high, World of Modular is a must-attend event for anyone who wants to learn more about modular and prefab.

Hundreds of modular construction professionals are gathering this March 22-25 in Hollywood, Florida for World of Modular 2018, the modular building industry’s largest event of the year. For 35 years, the Modular Building Institute’s convention has provided professionals in the industry a place to network, exchange ideas, learn from experts, discuss issues, and display new products.

World of Modular serves as an open forum for anyone interested in the modular construction industry. For suppliers of building products, services, and financing, this MBI trade show remains the best place to reach manufacturers and dealers of modular buildings. This year’s conference agenda will focus on the themes of technology, trends and innovation; business and risk management; and best practices/case study presentations, featuring high-profile modular builders, economists, academics, and industry leaders as speakers.

Economist Anirban Basu, CEO of Sage Policy Group, will be giving a market forecast for the construction industry, sharing drivers and trends to highlight opportunities for 2018.

Steffen Fuchs of McKinsey & Company will be delivering his keynote session titled “Reinventing Construction Through a Productivity Revolution.” McKinsey Global Institute has been researching and studying this topic of construction productivity for years and published their findings in 2017. Steffen will be exploring what’s achievable if the industry were to execute a lean philosophy and modularize its designs to allow for manufacturing at scale.

Professor Ryan Smith from the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Utah will be updating the industry with his findings from a year-long international research effort on increasing market acceptance and adoption rates for modular construction from a global perspective. This effort is made in conjunction with MBI’s 5 in 5 Initiative to increase the market share of the commercial modular building industry from its estimated 2.5% to 5% of all new construction starts by 2020.

Jennifer Lund, Senior Director of Marriott International’s Global Design Strategies division, will be discussing how Marriott Hotels are using modular construction on a global basis to achieve speed, cost control, and quality to market to best create incredible experiences for their guests.

Chris Giattina, CEO of BLOX, will be giving a presentation titled, “The 2x2x2 Initiative: Making Buildings with Twice the Quality, Twice as Fast, at Half the Cost.” This session serves as a primer for the project delivery platform Design Manufacturing Construct (DMC) and is based on the results of an ongoing 5-year case study with the nation’s largest healthcare provider.

Stephen Shang of Falcon Structures will be advising on the safe use of modified shipping containers. With multiple state agencies drafting new rules on the use of containers and the International Code Council considering new language in the building codes to address modified containers specifically, this session will update attendees on the latest policies, regulations and efforts surrounding the safe use of modified shipping containers.

These are only a few of the top-notch educational breakout sessions that will be hosted at World of Modular. They will equip industry professionals with the latest knowledge in every facet of the commercial modular construction business.

Additionally, the University of Alberta’s Hole School of Engineering is co-locating its Modular and Offsite Construction Summit (MOCS) with World of Modular. MOCS brings together the leading global researchers, academics, and advocates of offsite construction.

With interest in modular and offsite construction at an all-time high, this event is a must-attend for anyone who wants to learn more about modular and prefab.

About MBI
The Modular Building Institute (MBI) is the international non-profit trade association serving modular construction. As the Voice of Commercial Modular Construction ™, MBI’s mission is to expand the use of offsite construction through innovative construction practices, outreach and education to the construction community and customers, and recognition of high quality modular designs and facilities. For more information on MBI and World of Modular, please visit our website:

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