Building Systems Housing Summit Reached New Heights in 2018

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It was another record-setting event for the Building Systems Councils last week in Knoxville, Tenn., as the offsite construction community gathered for the 33rd annual Building Systems Housing Summit.

“We received a tremendous response to this year’s event,” said Mike Weber, Chief Operating Officer of ZMassWalls and chairman of the BSC. “The Summit has grown in sponsorship and attendance three years straight, and Knoxville was no exception.”

A gathering place for the entire systems-built housing community, the Summit hosted a dozen education sessions, numerous networking opportunities and a factory tour during the two-day event.

This year’s conference featured an education session by Margaret Whelan, founder and CEO of Whelan Advisory, and Buddy Raney, owner of Raney Construction. The presentation focused on an influx of funding fueling offsite construction. Whelan detailed recent offsite building investments by Louisiana-Pacific, Berkshire Hathaway and Amazon.

Offering a real world example, Raney discussed how his company, which started in 1997 with two guys and a pick-up truck, grew to a central Florida behemoth that employees over 300 people and frames thousands of homes each year with its own building components.

The official bowling shirt of the Summit.

Summit attendees gathered in downtown Knoxville for the Summit Social at Maple Hall, a boutique bowling alley stashed away in a former JCPenney building constructed in 1892. The unique venue served as the perfect setting for a casual and occasionally competitive evening with industry peers and was just one of many networking opportunities.

“Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical when I saw bowling on the Summit schedule, but Maple Hall was such a great venue, it really allowed people to relax and get to know their fellow attendees,” said Donna Peak of Active Interest Media. “As a conference sponsor, its events like the Summit Social that help drive our return on investment.”

Capping off the event, attendees visited Hearthstone Homes and Tindell’s Building Materials during the Summit Factory Tour. At Hearthstone, tour participants got an up close look at the log home manufacturing process, including milled and hand-hewn logs. Often overlooked as a building system, the tour at Tindall’s included the company’s computer operated Omni Saw, which helps produce pre-engineered roof trusses.

For the latest BSC information and next year’s Building Systems Housing Summit, contact Devin Perry.





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