Construction & Design for Today and Tomorrow: Breakfast Forum Recap


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Thank you to those who attended our recent forum on Construction & Design for Today and Tomorrow on October 24th. This forum was the first in a series sponsored by MassHousing and CHAPA to investigate the use of innovative technologies to increase the supply of housing. Through this series, we will continue to explore innovative methods and materials, discuss the potential impacts on housing production and stakeholders involved in housing development, and think through strategies for diversifying the methods and materials used in housing development.

Our first forum profiled two successful modular developments, one in Boston and one in Greenfield, and highlighted newer technologies of cross-laminated timber in structural design and factory produced "Ikea-like" housing. We are so grateful to our presenters - Rachana Crowley, Dave Traggorth, Jared Curtis, and Nancy Ludwig - as well as our panelists, Eugene Clerkin and Ray Demers, for sharing these case studies and their expertise with us so that we can continue to build upon our knowledge of these fascinating methods and materials.

Please enjoy photos of the forum on our Facebook page, a copy of our presenters' PowerPoints, and the YouTube video Nancy featured included for your convenience. Please be sure to credit Leise Jones Photography if you use any of the photos from the forum.

If you would like to learn more about the use of modular housing, the Boston Globe recently published an article entitled "Modular housing growing in popularity in housing-starved Boston," underscoring several of the points made by our panelists regarding savings in time rather than materials, the realignment of construction coordination, and increased quality control in the manufacturing process.

Thanks again for attending our most recent forum in this series. We look forward to seeing you at our future forums!

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