Building Blocks for Grown Ups: Modular Construction

September 12, 2018 2018-09-12 2018-09-12 Building Blocks for Grown Ups: Modular Construction OBEC Canada America/New_York


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The construction industry is at a crossroads, and large general contractors need to change or they will go the way of the horse and carriage. Off-site construction is one of the main tools general contractors need to leverage in order to flourish.

The benefits of off-site construction are well known, and include vastly improved safety and quality, and reduced on-site labor, schedule and cost. The technology and concepts associated with prefabrication are not new, difficult or particularly innovative, however efforts to use it on large construction projects often fail. The rare times prefabrication efforts lead to success, the associated learning and advancements often then fail to make it onto subsequent projects, and are too often lost to organizations.

In this presentation, Xavier will provide a brief introduction to prefabrication and modularization, then detail how and why these efforts fail, and most importantly, what changes are required to ensure its success. The building envelope is one of the most expensive and essential elements of most building projects, and Xavier will also use many examples to explain the many ways that off-site construction has and can be utilized to improve the production and installation of this essential element.

Edward Hotel Markham, 50 E Valhalla Drive, Markham, ON , L3R 0A3

6:00 pm: Registration/Reception
7:00 pm: Dinner
8:00 pm: Presentation

OBEC / OAA Members: $60.00 + $7.80 HST = $67.80
Non Members: $80.00 + $10.40 HST = $90.40
Student Members: $35.00 + $4.55 HST = $39.55

Live Webinar

8:00 pm: Presentation

OBEC / OAA Members: $28.00 + $3.64 HST = $31.64
Non Members: $45.00 + $5.85 HST = $50.85
Student Members: $10.00 + $1.30 HST = $11.30

Sponsored by:

Xavier Toby, Technical Sales Director, Prefabrication and Modular at EllisDon

Xavier Toby is a director level prefabrication and business development specialist with degrees in Mechanical
Engineering and English, and a Masters in Creative Media. He’s previously held positions as a project manager,
mechanical engineer, journalist, and marketing professional. 

Mr Toby’s experience with prefabrication began with Arup in Melbourne, and was refined through constructing mining camps for coal mines in the Australian desert. He has also worked in the USA with prefabrication consultants XSite Modular, a business focused on enabling and optimizing modularization and off-site construction.

Now with EllisDon, Xavier is heading up the new Prefabrication and Modularization department, and is leading efforts to bring the advantages ofoff-site construction to several projects, as the company sees off-site construction as a key component of the future of construction.


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This discussion group will take place from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at Edward Village, 50 East Valhalla Drive, Markham, ON L3R 0A3. 

There is no pre-registration required, just show up and get involved in the discussion!

BSSO holders, will be given 1 credit for attendance.