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MBI training participants tour Indicom Buildings in Dallas, TX.

The Modular Building Institute (MBI), the world’s largest trade association for commercial modular construction, reintroduced its ‘Introduction to Commercial Modular Construction’ training programme last month in Dallas, Texas

The 2.5-day commercial modular construction training programme attracted a wide range of participants from the United States, Canada, and Ecuador. Representatives from MBI’s member companies, non-member construction companies, and industry suppliers, were also included.

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The class helped participants understand the basics of modular construction, requirements for installations, how to work with code enforcement departments, the various types of ‘Building Classifications’, and the difference between permanent and temporary modular projects.

Instructor Mike Aldrich, who himself has over 20 years of experience in modular construction, praised the event and the attendees: “It was a great event with a lot of interaction and participation from the team. We’re looking forward to continuing in 2020 with additional classes.”

In addition to the classroom instruction, Devin Duvak, general manager of Texas-based Indicom Buildings, granted the class a factory tour. He and his team spent a morning showing participants how modular units are fabricated from design to completion.


Attendees also learned the importance of communication between the estimating department and the client to keep projects moving smoothly.

The class was also introduced to Suzann Robinson, executive with Satellite Shelters and a member of MBI’s development committee. She spoke to the class about MBI’s mission, vision, and values.

“I am so pleased MBI is offering their live training again,” said Robinson.

“The class is offered electronically, but the interaction and diversity of the attendees make the class worth the time! After the class, one of the attendees called me and said it was fantastic and that he really learned a lot. And the factory visit was definitely a highlight.”

The commercial modular construction class is based on MBI’s own textbook, ‘Introduction to Commercial Modular Construction’, which is available on the website.

Future live classes, as well as online training courses, can be found on the events page.


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