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The Art of Construction is here to help you grow your business. Together we explore the world of construction with some of the best minds in the industry. This insightful podcast is hosted by thought provoking entrepreneur, Devon Tilly. Devon has been recognized nationally for his innovation and creativity within the building industry. Join our tribe as we master the Art of Construction.

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The Art of Construction is here to help you grow your business. Together we explore the world of construction with some of the best minds in the industry. This insightful podcast is hosted by thought provoking entrepreneur, Devon Tilly. Devon has been recognized nationally for his innovation and creativity within the building industry. Join our tribe as we master the Art of Construction.

    176: Sustainable is the New Sexy Series: Participating in the Future

    176: Sustainable is the New Sexy Series: Participating in the Future

    Scott Jenkins, President & COO at MGO Systems, and Matt Daigle, CEO & Founder at Rise, join us on this episode 176 of Art of Construction.
    On this second episode in our series recorded live from the Rise booth at IBS 2020 we spoke with Scott Jenkins, who recently joined MGO Systems as President and COO to build on his many years working in prefab construction. MGO systems produces Magnesium Oxide wall boards for buildings, as opposed to traditional stick-built walls that are built on the job-site. Compared to routine methods, their proprietary engineered wall systems provide superior fire rating, water resistance, insulation value, and acoustic performance — all with a prefabricated solution that is efficient, cost-effective, healthy, and sustainable.
    "For too long, the buildings in which we live, work, heal, and play, have been built to minimum standards, affecting safety, quality, health, and sustainability," their website says. "It’s time for change." At the helm of their R&D department is a PHD chemist, a sign that their company is very serious about tackling our industry's current lack of high environmental standards and quality assurance on many of the buildings we build.
    Join Devon and Matt as they go on a journey with Scott at IBS to learn all about what makes Magnesium Oxide a healthy and sustainable building material for walls, how MGO Systems is working to engineer the highest quality product and manufacturing processes, and why builders should be positioning themselves to be ambassadors for the healthier, more sustainable building models of the future!

    • 18 min
    175: Building Community in Colorado's Western Slope

    175: Building Community in Colorado's Western Slope

    Robin Brown, Executive Director at the Grand Junction Economic Partnership,  joins us on this episode 175 of Art of Construction.
    The Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) is the official economic development agency for Colorado’s Grand Valley. Executive Director Robin Brown's job is to increase capital investment and primary job opportunities in the region. Robin joined us at a home industry networking night at Grand Junction coworking center JXN Station, owned by Devon and his family, to discuss how they are bringing new businesses, developments and a sense of pride to an area that has so much potential for new growth.
    Robin had a long history of passionate community involvement in Grand Junction prior to her current job, previously founding a PR company that represented local businesses and a lifestyle publication, Spoke+Blossom that promoted the outdoor activities, food and culture of the area. She also served her nation as a former Army helicopter pilot and Iraq War veteran. Now she is using her passion for life and varied experience to expand economic activity in the region she loves.
    Robin spoke with Devon and Matt about the immense satisfaction she receives from bringing in new industries and creating a thriving new community in Grand Junction, and what this means for the future of the area. With amazing surrounding natural resources, affordable housing prices and new investors and developers looking their way, the community is poised to continue growing and attracting new faces who appreciate its wide open spaces and outdoor lifestyle.
    For communities to remain active and vibrant, they need central hubs where its people can gather, share experiences and ideas and think together on new and better ways to grow themselves and their businesses. This is exactly what JXN Station is about. Devon first came over to Grand Junction for college, and has long had a vision of using his passion for the building industry and entrepreneurship to create a space in the area where others can unite and grow together.
    Now, in the midst of his vision come to life, join Devon and Matt as they go on a journey with Robin to discuss what it takes to truly build a community by spotlighting Grand Junction and the economic development taking place right in Colorado's Western Slope!
     
    Find out more about Grand Junction's economic opportunities at at www.gjep.org (https://www.gjep.org/)

    • 41 min
    174: Real-Time Rendering & Virtual Reality Series: A Collaborative Design Experience

    174: Real-Time Rendering & Virtual Reality Series: A Collaborative Design Experience

    Ellen Bensky and Steve Nonis, CEO, CFO and Principals at Turner Fleischer Architects (http://www.turnerfleischer.com/) , as well as Senior Designer/Technologist and
    Digital Practice Lead Nebojsa Milutinovic and Kristian Pal join us on this episode 174 of Art of Construction. 
    On this third and final episode of our series on real-time rendering and virtual reality brought to you by Enscape, Devon and Matt spoke with the team over at Turner Fleischer Architects in Toronto, Canada. We previously featured Ellen and Steve of TF on AOC Show 159: A Dedicated Approach to R&D and Office Management. This time, the principals were joined by leaders of their digital team, a team that at Turner Fleischer plays a huge role in the everyday practices of their company. 
    Last time we featured Turner Fleischer we spoke at length about their company’s dedicated approach to research and development and why they continuously seek out new technology to improve their practice and deliver a better product to their clients. During these sessions of research and trying out different technologies, TF’s digital team landed on Enscape as a real-time rendering software that truly had the potential to elevate their business to higher levels of productivity, better coordination with their clients and ultimately better designs. Now, Enscape is an everyday tool in their company, used not only by their design teams but also by other employees who attend their internal trainings known as TF Academy. 
    The TF Academy is an in-house teaching series that invites all of their employees to participate in learning sessions on new technology and design practices. During our conversation, their team reflected on how easily accessible Enscape is for new users in these sessions; even to employees who may not be as skilled at technology. TF’s digital team is able to easily train coworkers, their clients, and even other trades on the job how to easily use this tool to better inspect, work and collaborate on their projects. 
    Ultimately, Enscape allows all of us in the AEC community to work together more effectively and use the power of new technology to the fullest. The instant rendering of BIM models that Enscape allows, and the ability to walk through these lifelike renderings in virtual reality and see and feel design decisions in real-time is steadily bringing our industry to new heights. We at Art of Construction are huge fans, and we encourage all of you, AOC Tribe to take some initiative and figure out how you can use Enscape to help grow your businesses today!

    • 42 min
    173: Sustainable is the New Sexy Series: When You Are for Everyone, You're for No One

    173: Sustainable is the New Sexy Series: When You Are for Everyone, You're for No One

    Alaina Money-Garman, Founder and CEO of Garman Homes, and Matt Daigle, Founder and CEO of Rise, join us on this episode 173 of Art of Construction.
    This episode was recorded live from the Rise booth at IBS 2020 where we did a Deep Dive Series with industry experts to uncover their vision for sustainability in the building industry. ​Co-hosting this series with Devon is Rise Founder & CEO Matt Daigle, who we’ve previously featured on Art of Construction episode 123 titled Sustainable Building Made Easy for Professionals and Clients.
    Rise is a leading online resource for sustainable home improvement connecting homeowners, home professionals, and manufacturers of sustainable products. With them we’re talking about how Sustainable is the New Sexy. What exactly does that mean? It means that the conversation around sustainable home improvement is far from boring. It’s extremely current, relevant, crucial for the planet, and helps homeowners save money while living more comfortably and in style!​
    On this first episode of the series we were joined by Alaina Money-Garman, who with her homebuilding brands Garman Homes and Fresh Paint, as well as her online blog Build Like a Girl, has been making waves in the industry. With Fresh Paint, Alaina strives to address affordability by simplifying the home buying process, condensing square footage and adding more features. She also strives to create unique relationships with her clients and the trades based on mutual attitudes and passions, a strategy that ultimately works to waste less of everyone's time and leads to a more sustainable model for how we build homes. 
    Join Devon and Matt as they go on a journey with Alaina live at IBS to hear her insights and see what the future has in store for sustainable homebuilding!

    • 24 min
    172: Driving Efficiency and Company Culture to Build More

    172: Driving Efficiency and Company Culture to Build More

    Sean McCreanor, Co-Founder and CEO of Assignar, joins us on this episode 172 of Art of Construction.
    Assignar is an end-to-end operations platform for construction sub-contractors and self-perform GCs. Assignar helps grow revenue, productivity, efficiency as well as gaining visibility and eliminates paperwork. Their clients operate in road, rail, civil, commercial, mining, oil & gas, infrastructure & other construction disciplines across the US, Canada, Australia & New Zealand. 
    Sean’s journey to creating Assignar began with an extremely relatable problem of drowning in paperwork, operations and logistics. In 2013 Assignar was built as a proof of concept to solve operational challenges that came with the growth of his rail subcontracting business, which was expanding nationally. Being a tech guy, he designed and built the Assignar prototype, and once implemented into his sub-contracting business there were measurable results within 2 months.
    As they say, “the rest is history.” Since launching into the market, Assignar has continued to experience 300%+ annual growth and counts many sub-contractors, asset owners, large General Contractors and publicly listed companies as customers. 
    Join Devon as he goes on a journey with Sean to learn all about what led him to create Assignar, how Assignar can be used to drive efficient workflows and reinforce company culture, and how all of this allows us to do the one thing we all want to do: BUILD MORE!
    Visit assignar.com/AOC to sign up and receive a special offer just for our listeners!

    • 44 min
    171: Real-Time Rendering & Virtual Reality Series: The Evolution of Design

    171: Real-Time Rendering & Virtual Reality Series: The Evolution of Design

    Matt McMullen, Justin Gross and Mallory Gaylor, former Associate Principal and Associates at Abel Design Group, join us on this episode 171 of Art of Construction.
    Several months ago we featured the founder and managing director of Enscape, Moritz Luck on AOC episode 157 entitled How a Video Game Became Architecture’s Most Powerful New Tool. Now, after hearing the story of how this amazing new company and tool came to be, we wanted to take a deeper dive into Enscape and what it has to offer the AEC community. We’ll be doing this by interviewing three power users who utilize Enscape in their architecture firms.
    In this second episode we spoke with three members of Abel Design Group, a firm that has recently adopted Enscape into their workflow within the past year. Building off of our first episode in this series, Justin and Mallory reflected on how using Enscape has improved their pitches and overall design process.
    So far in this series we’ve been focusing on the power of Enscape to let designers create stunning presentations of their projects to stakeholders. But the ability to visualize as you design, instantly rendering BIM-designed buildings with beautiful graphics that give the utmost attention to detail, undoubtedly has effects on the entire design process as well. 
    In the old days, the architect’s design was mostly in their heads, and they did the best they could to translate that onto 2D drawings or long, drawn-out rendering processes. But now, Enscape lets architects and designers  instantly see and experience their design decisions in real-time. This means that architects can make a design, virtually walk through it, and then decide whether or not they succeeded in what they were aiming for. If not, they get back to work. And if they are in the project stage where they've already sold their design, they can do the same with their client to gather feedback.
    This sort of virtual, real-time design feedback certainly has huge implications for the Art of Architecture as a whole. In the end, all of these improvements mean more design freedom for architects, and increased visual communication between those who designed the building, the contractors and affiliates that end up building the building, and the ultimate owners and users of the building. This means we are all on the same page. And as we all know, when every party in a construction project is on the same page, everything turns out better. 
    Enscape is certainly an amazing new company that’s making waves in the industry, and we are honored to help tell their story in this Deep Dive Series. Stay tuned for our final episode with Turner Fleischer!

    • 58 min

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