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By Joe Kelly
I'd like to welcome you to Mass Construction Show where we talk about all things construction with a bit of a local (Massachusetts) bias. Covering Real Estate Development, Code, Risk Management, Technology and anything else construction. Glad to have you!
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Mass Timber w/ Peggi Clouston & Alex Schreyer
In this episode we chat with Senior Lecturer Alex Schreyer and Associate Professor Peggi Clouston who are both tremendously accomplished in their fields. Please click the links to read their full bios, but I will say that between the two of them there is a tremendous amount of study, research, practice, and publications on various topics within timber construction. They bring an expertise in Mass Timber that is unparalleled in our area.  Alex was kind enough to offer me a tour of the Olver Design Building which is a first of it’s kind Mass Timber academic building that consists of an exposed glulam frame, CLT shafts and CLT and Concrete composite floors. We talk quite a bit about the building itself, the construction process, cost , and Mass Timber in general.  If you want an education on the newest trend in construction it’s your lucky day.  Enjoy the show.
37:10
January 16, 2019
Basics of NFPA 241 (the tyrant edition)
In this episode we cover what is NFPA 241 and some of what's required by the document.  You'll understand when 241 applies, when a plan is required and what an FPPM is and who it should be. 
20:46
January 8, 2019
What's 2019 look like? With Erik Sanford of Dimeo
In today’s show I have Erik back to bring some expertise about Construction Technology.  We cover Virtual Reality, Augment Reality and how Dimeo is currently using the technology for safety education. We also discuss what Erik sees us using more of in the coming year and what he thinks we'll see less.  Enjoy the show.
1:08:09
January 1, 2019
The Wellness Trend in Real Estate & Construction
Today will be another solo episode, talking about Wellness in Real Estate & Construction. We’ll cover what that means, what get measured when determining “wellness” and what are the certifications on the market. We'll also chat briefly about the two certifications available in the market; Fitwel and the WELL Building standard. Enjoy the show!
19:13
December 19, 2018
Matthew Consigli: President at Consigli
In this episode we hear the origin story of Consigli a fourth generation General Contractor that has had impressive growth under the latest generation of leadership. Specifically going from a $1M annual revenue to $1.6B and opening an addition six new offices. We discuss how that happened, what professional development at Consigli looks like, why they choose to sell the company to it's employees, and much more. Enjoy the show!
57:33
December 12, 2018
The GRLZ Radio edition with Kelly Gillen
We’ve got a full house in this episode. It was recorded at GRLZ Radio, a program that supports young women whose circumstances often mean that they have more to overcome than an average teenager, but with the support of GRLZ Radio their futures are looking bright. Our conversation is with Saun Green who is the Program Director at GRLZ Radio, Kelly Gillen from Turner Construction, and Jomelly, a Peer leader at GRLZ Radio. We cover what GR does, what it’s like to be a woman in construction, why you should get involved in industry groups, and what you can do to help. This is one of my favorite episodes. Enjoy the show!
1:00:00
December 4, 2018
Nick Schiffer: Founder of NS Builders
In this episode we chat with Nick Schiffer owner of NS Builders, a General contractor specializing in design build custom renovations and homes. NS Builders custom builds all their millwork in-house and has grow to be one of the most sought after high-end custom builders in less than five years. We go all over the map with Nick covering; social media (which he successfully used to accelerate the growth of his company), encouraging people to join construction/trades, and much more. Enjoy the show! Music by Sound Revolution https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-revolution/300662236
1:11:14
November 27, 2018
Bob Petrucelli: CEO and Executive Director at the AGC MA
In this episode you’ll hear what Bob and the AGC MA do for their members and more importantly what they do for our industry and General Contractors as a whole. The most in-depth part of our conversation involves advocacy and what the AGC does on the legislative front with lobbying, forming coalitions with our construction related associations, and the important work of submitting legislation to improve our industry but more importantly opposing bad bills that would be detrimental to General Contractors. This is a whole another world that you probably don’t know exists and here’s your chance to learn. Enjoy the Show!
1:00:06
November 19, 2018
The Energy Storage trend
In this episode we cover the trend of energy storage and how it will affect the real estate and construction industry. Explaining terms you should be familiar with and the 3 factors driving the trend. We'll also discuss the hazards you should be looking at, how the codes don't sufficiently cover them, and the future codes that are just around the corner.
26:35
November 12, 2018
Alex Schwarzkopf: CEO & Co-Founder at Pillar Technologies
In this episode Alex discuss what Pillar does through data collection via environmental sensors on construction site and what the future of construction will look like as a result of construction data and machine learning. Enjoy the show.
53:46
November 6, 2018
Technology & Data for Mold Prevention
Here's a quick episode about a conversation I had with Rob Carson Director of Risk & Safety at Dellbrook JKS and Alex Schwarzkopf CEO of Pillar Technologies about how we could leverage technology and data to prevent mold on construction sites. Have a listen to the concept and let me know your thoughts.
05:49
November 3, 2018
Michael Yanovitch: Deputy Building Commissioner Town of Brookline
In this episode we talk code, zoning, 40B, code changes in the 9th edition and upcoming work in Brookline. Enjoy the show!
59:13
October 30, 2018
Adam Kersnowski: Co-Founder of Airworks
In this show we’ll hear how Adam went from owning a masonry subcontracting firm to starting a drone company and taking what he learned from both to become one of the Co-founders of Airworks, a software company that uses data collected from drones and satellites to produce 2D CAD drawings in 3-4 days total.  If you love hearing about entrepreneurs and construction tech you’ll want to listen up! Enjoy the Show
1:02:32
October 23, 2018
CLT - Mass Timber Construction
In this episode we discuss Mass Timber construction commonly referred to as CLT Cross Laminated Timber, explaining the difference between the two. We also covering Mass timber projects happening locally in the US and internationally. The overall conversation is looking at the trend of Mass Timber and what factors are in it’s favor and what’s holding it back. This is my first episode solo, so feedback would really be appreciated! Music by: Sound Revolution https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-revolution/300662236 Enjoy the show.
23:57
October 15, 2018
Erik Sanford: VDC Director at Dimeo Construction Company
In this episode you’ll hear how Erik after leaving the Army went from a surveying crew to geo-tech to field engineer and how that lead him into virtual construction when it was just coming to our industry. Then comes a sharp turn to discuss what it was like being part of, and watching a company go out of business, but how the skill sets he had picked up meant he was employed in short order. Then we go macro and talk about where the industry is heading and what his position might look like in the future. We cover a lot of ground including ROI.. well "benefits" of BIM and we’re both in agreement that modular is our future. Enjoy the Show!
57:02
October 9, 2018
Chris Lynch: Principal, Code Red Consultants
This episode of the Mass Construction Show is with Chris Lynch, Principal at Code Red Consultants. In this show Chris will explain what code consultants do and what a code compliance alternative is, and he’ll talk in depth about the new requirement for third party inspections on fire stopping. Then we’ll get to business- you’ll gain knowledge on how Code Red had such rapid growth in a traditionally stagnant market. Chris will dive into accountability of leadership, compensation, and being a renaissance consult. There’s also plenty of talk about culture, burnout, work-life balance, hustle, and grinding. If you’ve ever thought about starting your own business you’ll want to listen up. Enjoy the show!
55:59
October 1, 2018
Rob Carson: Director of Safety & Risk Mngmt at Dellbrook JKS
In this episode of the Mass Construction Show we speak with Rob Carson, Director of Safety & Risk Management at Dellbrook JKS.  We discuss how Rob and his team look at risk across the life of a project including safety, QA/QC, and property damage. We discuss what technologies Dellbrook JKS deploys its their job sites (you’ll be impressed), the biggest risks on wood frame construction, and the one thing I found most fascinating… How they approach a “builder’s risk” policy. Dellbrook JKS is quietly becoming a MAJOR player in our market (north of 300M annually, I believe), so you’ll definitely want to hear what Rob has to say. Enjoy the show!
1:04:01
September 24, 2018
Mike Fallon: Chief Investment Officer at The Fallon Companies
A discussion about how commercial real estate deals get done. What goes into choosing a site; demographics, cost of construction, pro forma, and more. We also answer the question can a real estate company have a brand?
1:00:58
September 10, 2018
William Christopher: City of Boston, Commissioner of ISD
In this episode we speak with William "Buddy" Christopher, Commissioner of ISD Boston. For folks who don't know, the Inspectional Services Department encompasses the Building Department along with Health, Housing, and a number of other agencies. Buddy discusses ISD's philosophy and how to change one’s mindset from a "department of no" to, “is there a way we can make this work?” We dive into what's happening in the neighborhoods, including an area of Boston I had never heard of - Glover's Corner.  We also talk building code, zoning, podium construction, fire safety and more. Enjoy the show!
56:38
September 4, 2018
Bill Held: Principal at The Cardinal Group
In this episode we are joined by Bill Held Principal at The Cardinal Group a Construction Management firm specializing in Life Science industry.  We discuss the life science and manufacturing industry and how working in and building those facilities differ from typical construction.  Bill covers the intensive nature of the equipment, pre-fabrication, modular skids and now the "super skid".  We talk generally about running a business, how he's handled Cardinal Group's tremendous growth, what goes into culture, and Bill's focus on "operating in the capacity as an extension of the clients staff".  We talk about intensive front end planning as a way to increase pre-fabrication, and managing risk buy reducing occurrences of things like fall hazards, hot work and confined space.
58:37
September 3, 2018
Mikael Reckley: Customer Success Manager at Smartvid.io
This episode's guest is Mikael Reckley, Customer Success Manager at Smartvid.io. We discussed what it is that smartvid does and what the future looks like for their product. We dabbled in AI, predictive analysis, and machine learning. Finally, at about the 35:00 minute mark, we went off the rails and started talking about what the future looks likes, then Mikael starts with the Star Trek stories and all bets are off. This one was a blast! Enjoy the show! music by: Sound Revolution https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-revolution/300662236
51:17
August 26, 2018
Andrew Starr: Real Estate Strategist at Gensler
In this show Andrew will cover what a real estate strategist does for an architecture firm. We’re also going to talk a lot about data. Andrew explains which external sources Gensler uses to track data like rental rates, demographics and -a term I hadn’t heard before- psychographics, as well as the internal data they tap to help clients make good decisions. Then we’ll move to transportation and the effect it has on design and use of a building including parking, what is happening to it, and how designers are responding to the changes. If you build for a living this episode will be really interesting in terms of revealing what goes into planning the structures that you build. Enjoy the show!
1:02:13
August 20, 2018
Mass Construction Show: What's this podcast about?
Here's our introductory episode that breaks down; what the show's about, why we're doing it, and gives you some insight on what's in it for you? Thanks for listening!
02:31
August 17, 2018
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