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A Kit of Parts: How Off-Site Wood-Frame Construction is Disrupting Traditional Construction Methods

June 20, 2017 – 11:30 am - 2:00 pm


Long Beach, CALong Beach, CA


Onsite check-in and lunch:  11:30 am
Program begins:  12:00 pm
Program concludes: 2:00 pm

Course Description

Construction methods have generally remained constant over the last several decades. However, a growing number of developers and contractors are looking for answers to the million-dollar question: how to build faster, safer and better – and do it for less. Although the choice to use on-site wood framing versus some level of prefabrication depends on many factors, prefabricated and modular construction can offer a number of benefits, including faster construction, improved material efficiency and worker safety, enhanced quality assurance, and reduced material, labor and interest costs. Intended to explore the potential benefits to developers, building owners and contractors, this panel discussion will explore methods of delivering off-site fabricated components for wood-frame multi-family and commercial projects. Prefabrication, panelized components and full modular unit options will be discussed as will the markets trends and construction innovations that have led to this revolution.

Topics & Speakers

Offsite Construction Big Picture

Ryan Smith, University of Utah & National Institute of Building Sciences

Ryan E. Smith is the Associate Dean of Research and Community Engagement and Director of the Integrated Technology & Architecture Center (ITAC) at the University of Utah.  His work is concerned with off-site construction and wood design and construction process and product technologies.  He is past-Chair of the National Institute of Building Sciences Off-Site Construction Council and author of several publications, including Prefab Architecture (Wiley, 2010), Building Systems (Routledge, 2012 co-author Kiel Moe), Offsite Architecture (Routledge, 2017 co-author John Quale), and Leading Collaborative Architectural Practice (Wiley, 2017 co-author with Erin Carraher).

Modular Fabrication and Construction Techniques

Curtis Fletcher, CEO/Co-Founder, Prefab Logic

Curtis has more than 30 years of experience in product design and manufacturing, and has spent the last 15 years working in the arena of modular construction. Beginning early in his career with manufactured homes, he entered the multi-family market in 2000 and has since brought thousands of units to the market in the U.S. and Canada. In 2015, Curtis co-founded Prefab Logic to help advance the industry by bridging the gap between traditional design/construction teams and manufacturers of modular components. Headquartered in Idaho with an office in California, the firm specializes in multi-unit residential and hospitality projects, and provides services directly to developers and general contractors. Services include modular design, design assist, state permitting, factory management and oversight, logistics planning, and installation.

Solid Wood Prefab

Karla Fraser, Senior Project Manager, Urban One Builders Construction Management Inc.

Karla has worked in construction for over 20 years. She started as a layout surveyor for an asphalt company before going back to school to learn civil engineering technology. Since then, she has worked for general contractors on a variety of infrastructure, commercial and tower projects––including Brock Commons which posed unique challenges due to its sequencing and speed of construction.  The team essentially built the building twice—first as a 3D virtual model, which allowed them to work out logistics and strategies—and then in real time.

WoodWorks Intro

Mike D. Romanowski, SE, WoodWorks

Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo in 1979 and has 37 years of structural engineering design, plan check/peer review and investigative experience. He has been involved in the production of engineering calculations and construction documents, construction administration, field investigations and report writing for educational, commercial, industrial, medical, institutional, residential and military projects utilizing all types of building materials. Mike is a licensed Structural Engineer in the State of California and a Registered Disaster Service Worker for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

The Grand
4101 E. Willow Street
Long Beach, CA 90815

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You can find the presentations in our Presentation Slides Archive page.

Attendees will qualify for 1.5 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits.

Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


For questions or additional information, please contact:

Jaime Krohn, CMP, National Event Manager
Email: Ph: 312-841-8272


20 June 2017
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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The Grand
Long Beach, CA United States

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