Prefab modular construction has recently undergone a massive upwards shift in scale both with respect to the size of individual prefab projects and the percentage of prefab projects relative to overall construction. Prefab steel, wood and concrete structures are all currently being used to construct projects from tiny houses to 600 foot tall skyscrapers. This rapid growth, however, has inevitably resulted in new obstacles to overcome.
This course will focus on challenges related to the building enclosure of prefab structures. More specifically, we will look at wood frame midrise projects and the complexities associated with stacking units together to achieve a continuous and durable enclosure. Decisions on material, sequencing, factory built vs. site built components, and temporary support/protection are critical to the success of these projects.
Hopefully by the end of the program, we will be ready to ask the right questions about value, schedule, and performance to achieve successful modular projects.
- Introduce the basic process and materials of Pre-fab construction
- Dig in specifically to wood framed construction.
- Learn about factory labor and how that differs from field labor
- Discuss time/money/quality optimization
- Learn about building envelope continuity and the challenges of maintaining that continuity from factory to site.
- Discuss potential transportation damage and how dynamic forces of shipping and placement can affect finished components
- Share a few modular mishaps and what lessons were learned
Phil Kelleher is a licensed architect and a principal at the A/E firm McGinnis Chen Associates, where he leads a team of diverse architects, engineers and contractors that specializes in building enclosure design.
Mr. Kelleher primarily focuses on new commercial construction of all scales with a strong emphasis on enclosure performance, investigation and testing.
With 15 years of industry experience, including 12 years of building enclosure specific experience at MCA, he has had the opportunity to lead teams that have helped shape the SF skyline and the increasing tech footprint in the Bay Area. Over the past decade, he has been fortunate enough to be involved in numerous premanufactured modular projects from various factories and project teams and learn along with them as they ramp up production and engineer their success (and failures).
Along with technical experience, Phil has an extensive educational background with an undergraduate Architecture degree from MIT and Masters Degrees in both Architecture and Structural Engineering from the University of Michigan.