A Better Way Forward: The Future of Construction

Alison South Blog

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Last month I had the opportunity to speak with fellow industry professionals on a panel hosted by CBI Worplace Solutions at their beautiful showroom in downtown Fort Lauderdale.  Jorge Miralles, Market Leader at CBI, facilitated the panel with support from another team member, Yandy Viera. The event kicked off with Miralles introducing Hayden Casson from the ABC Cares Foundation, an organization that provides support to families affected by construction related disasters.
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The panel consisted of a general contractor, Tim Barges, Director of South Florida at Shawmut Design and Construction, Chris Turner, SVP, Interior Construction and Field Operations at CBI, and Ana Ovalles who represented the owner’s side since she handles Facilities Planning and Capital Budget at Broward College.  Steven Burgos of HOK and yours truly were the spokespersons for the Interior Design side of the conversation since we represent design companies at both ends of the spectrum in size. 

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The conversation was centered around the future of interior design construction and how with proper planning, modular components like Falk Built, can successfully help projects be complete within a budget and inside a desired timeline.  Burgos discussed how these products set clients up for success with flexibility, providing elements within a space that suit the ever changing landscape of office design.  In turn, I added that using prefabricated elements offers a cleaner solution to traditional wall construction, where several subcontractors touch one wall.  Of course, another upside to that is less finger pointing on the jobsite. 
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Turner shed light on past CBI projects that used traditional construction and Faulk Built and how the digital components came through consistently and on time, allowing a suite in a hospital to be operational faster.  Barges urged all design professionals to be in communication with the construction team as early as possible, to keep everyone on the same page.  Outside of the contractor or agency side, Ovalles from Broward College discussed how in the long run these components provide easier maintenance, taking off work from her facilities team.  
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Here are some additional reasons to consider using digital component construction:

I learned so much about modular construction and using digital components throughout the preparation of being on this panel.  If you’d like to learn more about integrating this type of product in your commercial environment, please don’t hesitate in reaching out!