Saturday, May 15, 2021

Canadian Modular Factory Supplies CLT Modules for Seattle Project

Located in North Beacon Hill, just minutes from downtown Seattle, this innovative seven-unit urban infill project will be constructed with large-scale prefabricated cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels.

Typically reserved for larger apartment or commercial buildings, the Seattle project will be the first CLT modular townhome project in the region. ROC Modular will pre-manufacture modular units and deliver them to the site for efficient and quick onsite assembly.

Example of CLT being used in a modular home factory

This method of building streamlines the on-site construction process, minimizes interruptions to neighbors and the community, and produces minimal waste.

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Green Canopy and ROC Modular have partnered to build Seattle’s first modular townhouse residential project made from mass timber.

The townhouses will be two-bed, two-bath units of about 1,100 square feet each. Homes built with CLT are seismically sound, well-sealed and insulated, resulting in lower utility and maintenance costs for homeowners. 

The homes feature real wood walls, floors, and ceilings, which offer residents a connection with the natural environment alongside health and wellness benefits.

Green Canopy was founded in 2009. The developer and homebuilder specializes in "deep green" homes. 

ROC Modular, based in Alberta, will deliver modular units pre-manufactured, which the companies said streamlines the construction process.


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Friday, May 14, 2021

Are We Beginning to See Consolidation in the Modular Industry?

Consolidation in the modular housing industry doesn't always mean one company buying its competitor. Sometimes it's one company buying another that is one step away in the vertical integration process making the first company stronger and better able to meet their customer's needs.

McGrath RentCorp announced that it has signed a definitive agreement under which it will acquire Design Space Modular Buildings for a cash purchase price of $260 million, subject to certain adjustments. 

Design Space is a leading modular building and portable storage provider in the Western U.S. Its network of 15 branches and over 100 employees serve diverse end markets, including construction, government, education and commercial.

“The acquisition of Design Space is highly complementary to our modular building rental business,” said Joe Hanna President and CEO of McGrath RentCorp. “This strategic initiative accelerates our expansion into attractive new geographies. With our available capital and combined sales and operational resources, we look forward to building on Design Space’s success and achieving future growth together. Design Space has a strong, dedicated and experienced team. We are excited about welcoming our new team members as an important part of our future.”

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

World's Tallest Modular Apartment Building Completed in London

Twin towers, one 38 stories and the other 44 stories, housing rental apartments are now open for tenants in South London proving once again that modular construction can deliver almost any housing project you can design.

The UK's HTA Design's modular tower in Croydon, south London – now the world's tallest modular residential building – has completed with apartments available to rent. It was built for their client Greystar and Henderson Park.

101 George Street is two towers, a 38-story and a 44-story, scaling 442 feet and providing 546 new homes which was designed specifically for rent and will be professionally managed onsite offering residents a 24/7 service.

All homes will benefit from access to shared amenities including a podium garden, rooftop gardens at the top of each tower, panoramic viewing walkway, gyms, residents lounge and private dining/event rooms. The building will be part 44 and part 38 stories and will be built using offsite technology.

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The modules were then stacked on top of each other on-site. Because carbon emissions are reduced through offsite manufacture, it is hoped the homes’ construction will use up to 67 percent less energy than traditional builds.

Other amenities include a rooftop gym, sky lounge, co-working space, rooftop and ground-level terraces, private dining room, pet spa, games lounge and cinema room.

The building will be made from nearly 1500 modules that are manufactured and installed by Vision Modular Systems from their purpose-built manufacturing facility in Bedford, where the modules were completed before being transported to the site.


Gary Fleisher is the Managing Director and contributor to the Modcoach Network and its affiliated blogs. Email at modcoach@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Modular Construction Chosen to Build New Vaccine Facilities

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for hospital rooms saw several modular home factories step up to provide the engineering and production of modular care units to isolate its victims. Among those was VBC modular who formed the MMC which provided a plan for modular factories across the US to join together to help hospitals quickly provide additional beds.

It was successful and proved that our industry can work together to meet almost any need our country encounters. Now it's the pharmaceutical industry that's turning to modular to provide "pop up" facilities to produce the needed vaccines to help control the COVID-19 pandemic.

If vaccines weren’t an increasing market before 2020, they most definitely are now. Designing a vaccine-specific facility solution that is not only quick to market but can stand the test of time is more important than ever.

Availability of engineering capacity and expertise in planning, designing, and executing the projects are some of the challenges when establishing these complex facilities. Another challenge is how to ensure that the facility you decide to build will be flexible enough and can be adapted to future changes in the product mix. Time to market and ensuring the return of investment are also key for a successful capital investment project.

Vaccine companies, like pharmaceutical manufacturers, desire innovative facility solutions to address these challenges. To this end, modular facilities can be an attractive solution.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Modular Industry Job Listings Just Keep Coming In

The modular and off-site construction industries have positions just waiting for you. Here are more job listings and a list of talented people looking to join your factory this month.


The Active Candidates section below represents candidates looking for new career opportunities.

The Open Positions section represents companies, who are looking for candidates to fill their open positions.

Contact Lynn Gromann at 888-831-0327 or Lynn.Gromann@LGARecruiters.com if you would like further information on an available candidate or on an open position.

Active Candidates

EXECUTIVE / FINANCIAL
  • CFO - Multifamily MOD - West Coast
  • General Manager - HUD / MOD - wants TX or Southeast
PRODUCTION / OPERATIONS
  • Production Manager - HUD/ MOD - wants south
  • Production Manager - HUD/MOD - wants southeast
  • Assistant Production Manager - MOD - wants warm climate
  • Operations Manager - Commercial MOD - wants Dallas/Ft. Worth
  • Assistant Production Manager - HUD / MOD - FL
  • Project Manager - MOD - New England, wants east coast
ENGINEERING / ARCHITECTURAL
  • Senior Drafter - Commercial MOD - wants TX
SALES / MARKETING
  • Sales Manager - HUD / MOD 20+ years, possible relo

Open Positions

EXECUTIVE / FINANCIAL
  • COO - MOD / Commercial MOD- Southwest
  • CFO - Multifamily MOD - Rocky Mountain Region
  • General Manager - Steel MOD - Southeast
  • General Manager - MOD - Pacific NW
PRODUCTION / OPERATIONS
  • Project Manager - Commercial MOD - Southwest
  • Assistant Operations Manager - Commercial MOD - South
  • Assistant Production Manager - Multifamily MOD - Southeast
  • Assistant Production Manager - HUD / MOD - Pacific NW
  • Project Manager - Manufactured Housing Community - Southwest
  • Production Manager - MOD - Upper Midwest
  • Production Manager - HUD / MOD - Upper Midwest
ENGINEERING / ARCHITECTURAL
  • Architectural Drafter - MOD - Southeast
  • Engineering Manager - Steel MOD - Northeast
  • Structural or Civil Engineer - MOD - West or remote
SALES / MARKETING
  • Sales Rep - MOD / Commercial MOD- Southwest
  • Sales Rep - MOD - Midwest
MATERIALS / PURCHASING / ESTIMATING
  • Purchasing Manager - MOD - MidAtlantic
  • Purchasing Manager - Multifamily MOD - Southeast
  • Estimator - MOD / Commercial MOD (2) - Southwest
  • Purchasing Manager - Commercial MOD - South
SERVICE / QUALITY
  • Quality Assurance - Multifamily MOD - Southeast

Contact Lynn Gromann at 888-831-0327 or Lynn.Gromann@LGARecruiters.com if you would like further information on an available candidate or on an open position.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Procore Acquires AI - Expands Platform

The acquisition adds computer vision capabilities and AI capabilities to the Procore platform, helping owners, general contractors, and specialty contractors realize greater efficiencies, safety, and profitability.

Procore Technologies has acquired INDUS.AI, makers of an artificial intelligence-powered analytics platform for the construction industry.

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INDUS.AI’s AI engine learns from project management platforms, cameras, sensors, drawings, building information models, schedules, and more — and creates observations, recommendations, and alerts that help project teams make data-driven decisions.

The solutions are used to track and review construction progress, ensure safety and compliance, gain real-time project visibility, view labor deployment, minimize equipment idle time, and resolve claim disputes.

The INDUS.AI acquisition builds on Procore’s acquisition of Avata Intelligence in 2020, which brought world-class AI talent to Procore and is delivering smart automation solutions and predictive insights to Procore customers.

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Gary Fleisher is the Managing Director and contributor to the Modcoach Network and its affiliated blogs. Email at modcoach@gmail.com



Sunday, May 9, 2021

Modular Housing Floundering in the Perfect Economic Storm

Business is booming and the modular housing industry is stronger than ever with lead times reaching out to almost a year at some factories. However, with rapidly escalating LBM prices and interest rates on new homes declining, we now have everything in place to bring on the perfect storm for our industry.

This perfect storm of events and the pandemic has seen factories losing money because of the rising material replacement costs and jobs going unfilled for over a year. 

To nearly everyone’s surprise, employers added a comparatively paltry 266,000 jobs, down drastically from a gain of 770,000 in March, which itself was revised down from an initially much higher figure of 916,000. 

What happened last month — and why?

Consumer confidence has surged, and many companies report soaring demand as Americans unleash pent-up desires to travel, eat out, and shop. Sales of new cars and homes are still rising. Yet because the economy is rebounding faster than almost anyone thought it would, many companies were caught flat-footed. Surging consumer demand has caused widespread shortages of parts and raw materials, including lumber.

Now, workers themselves can be added to the list of shortages. Companies are advertising more jobs than they were before the pandemic when the unemployment rate was at a 50-year low of 3.5%. So they clearly want to add workers. Yet hiring stumbled in April because many employers couldn’t attract as many as they needed.

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Nearly 3 million people avoided looking for a job in April because they feared becoming infected by the coronavirus, according to a government survey. About 2 million women have stopped looking for work since the pandemic, likely because of disruptions in schooling and child care. In April, all the net job growth went to men; women as a group lost jobs. 

And some businesses complain that a $300-a-week federal unemployment benefit, provided in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion rescue package, has meant that many unemployed people can receive more income from unemployment aid than from their former jobs.

In addition, modular home factories have been left short of material like plywood and lumber because of clogged supply chains and have had to slow production.

When will this end? 

Every expert has an opinion when lumber prices will level off and go back down. Some are saying it will happen in July while others are telling our industry leaders it could be next year. The fact of the matter is, it will probably happen sometime between those dates and at least one expert will have randomly predicted it correctly. 

Prognosticators are coming out of the woodwork making predictions when this perfect storm will begin slowing down and allow modular housing to once again see hiring, costs and production to begin the return to a somewhat new normal. Maybe they were TV weather forecasters in a previous life.

Let’s just hope we all survive the storm and come out the other side in good shape continuing to grow into a larger part of the new home market.


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