The Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) has launched a new webinar series designed to share knowledge and improve industry efficiency, productivity and speed to market through pre-fabrication and off-site construction. The free webinars feature topics across the broad spectrum of off-site construction techniques, technologies and tools. Architects, engineers, contractors, owners, code officials and other industry stakeholders will gain valuable insight into the opportunities offered by off-site construction and how to effectively implement off-site construction techniques in future projects.
Getting the Most out of Off-Site Construction (Part 1)
Following an introduction to the spectrum of off-site construction opportunities by OSCC Chair Sue Klawans, OSCC Secretary Laurie Robert explores what it takes to choreograph and execute an effective permanent modular construction project, from the significance of early engagement to the end goal of early occupancy. Hosted by the Modular Building Institute, this webinar begins with a holistic view of the permanent modular construction industry today, followed by a look at some of the strategies and best practices needed to launch a successful project for all stakeholders. Listen to the presentation.[MP4]
Getting the Most out of Off-Site Construction (Part 2)
Following an introduction to the spectrum of off-site construction opportunities by OSCC Chair Sue Klawans, Linc Moss of Ramtech Building Systems covers "Part II: Project Execution" of our “Getting the Most out of Off-Site Construction” webinar. Mr. Moss delves into the means and methods as well as stakeholder scopes of work needed to execute strategies throughout the building construction off-site and on-, including final drawing submittal and approval, zoning and permitting, process, scheduling, fabrication, quality assurance, health and safety, site development, delivery, set, finish, and commissioning of a project ready for occupancy. Listen to the presentation (MP4).
Precast Concrete Off-Site Construction: Techniques & Case Studies
Hosted by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute
The National Institute of Building Sciences 2014 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey found precast concrete structural components were the most often used elements of off-site construction. With the looming shortage of skilled workers forecast to exceed 2 million by 2017, prefabrication may become a necessity and a more common method of project delivery. The benefits include shorter construction schedules, greater degree of predictability in cost, reduced material waste, reduced coordination of trades and reduced risk.
This webinar will provide an overview of the most common systems of precast concrete products, cover basic design criteria and capabilities, and explore case studies showing how precast was used to solve diverse design and construction challenges with off-site construction. View the Webinar
The Rise of Modular Construction: Emerging Commercial & Legal Issues
Jointly presented with the American Bar Association Construction Forum, the Modular Building Institute and the Offsite Construction Council, this covered a variety of unique commercial and legal issues in industrial, commercial and residential modular construction. These issues include the different application of building and safety codes, new concerns about contract drafting, and legal codes or doctrines that may apply to modular construction in ways different from traditional construction, including the application of the Uniform Commercial Code, products liability law, statutes of limitations and statutes of repose. The panel will also addressed modular construction issues relating to insurance coverage, liens and prompt payment statutes. This is not necessarily your father’s stick-built job!
The presentation focused on the schedule and cost realities of modular construction. There are so many potential advantages to the application of modular construction in an urban environment, including increased quality control, shortened schedule, labor savings, cost savings and improved site safety. It sounds ideal – especially considering current skilled labor shortages – so what could go wrong? This panel shared their experiences with modular construction across multiple industries and discussed the consequences of when the plan goes wrong and the possible implications of building modular in urban environments.