Feb 4, 2020
Isn't it surprising how the
construction sector lags behind the productivity of other
industries when, in fact, there are more efficient and innovative
ways to accomplish tasks on-site? We rely so much on our existing
skill sets and conventional methods. While those are helpful, we
are still reluctant to embrace the changes and shift mindsets that
are crucial to innovation.
In today's episode, Ryan Ware of
Vantis joins us to understand the challenges of implementing
practices different from the conventional methods. We will discuss
why the construction industry is stuck in its comfort zone and the
steps we can do to address that. How can companies shift from
conventional thinking to a new approach that can produce
high-quality, on-schedule, and safe projects?
We cover a lot today, and Ryan
has a lot of interesting insights to share with us. Check out the
highlights and make sure you tune in to the show!
About Our Guest:
Ryan Ware is
the Vice President of Construction and co-founder of Vantis, an
interior construction company in the Bay Area, California, launched
by One Workplace. Vantis focuses on the integration of off-site
construction solutions to deliver custom interior spaces. Ryan has
a background in architecture, and he's moved into the construction
side of the business.
Shifting Our Mindset Toward A New Approach to
From Architecture to
in his career, he has seen how the construction industry was
shifting forward into the realm of architecture.
wanted to become the bridge between the construction and the
gap between architecture and construction: Architects go back to
the drawing board to solve a problem. For a contractor, the
building is on-site, and you have to take into consideration the
manufacturing capability and cost analysis.
he was in drafting school, he went to a small precast plant where
he did some detailing. Then, he started practicing precast and
off-site construction as an architect.
The Emotional Disconnect: How
Planning Usually Happens
client tells a story, and the architect takes the information in a
drawing set is passed to the general contractor. They digest and
figure out what they're supposed to build, and then they pass it
down to another layer.
the time it gets to the people on the field, the plan is different
from what the architect envisioned.
The Conventional Mindset:
Moving Away from this Comfort Zone
we look at our problems in construction, we tend to try and solve
them ourselves instead of asking for help.
solve most problems with the same technology, same material, and
the same processes, which does not allow us to address the problem
- Ryan's solution: Design-manufacture-build
quality of planning is more important than the speed of the
your client if you're launching a new methodology of constructing
or you're shifting the model of delivery.
- Educate the entire market. Clients rely on us
to be educated and solve the problem for them.
reluctance to change roots from the fear of the
construction industry is slow to adapt, as we don't have a lot of
research and development money.
- Manufacturers and fabricators, on the other
hand, have these resources. However, we tend to see them as a
threat, and we push them off.
- If we
were to embrace these outside influences, we could learn from them,
and we can try new things.
Building Projects Efficiently
- Utilizing the design-manufacture-build approach
optimizes the laborers on-site while artificial intelligence safely
tracks things inside the factories.
- Construction is a tremendous safety hazard. If
we can optimize our trades, we can create a safer job
studying, and we're looking at doing things off-site, but we're
still not using technology to integrate it in at the planning
Why is Interior Construction
Slow to Embrace Off-Site Construction?
- First, we're not talking in the same language
to relay the value proposition of the manufacturing
- Second, we're not ready to adopt
a matter of embracing that it is not a competition.
Bringing In Fresh
new generation is learning differently.
- Sometimes having people that are not in your
industry or not trained in that area gives you a fresh
- Manufacturers don't necessarily understand
construction, but they are tied with the technology
to balance between a hybrid approach. Think of how we are going to
integrate these things in the next ten years.
How About Those
- It is
about doing better and safer work for their crews.
- They're still doing everything on the job site,
but everything is component-wise and employee-wise.
can use the same labor pools instead of installing prefabricated
assemblies and components.
are optimizing your people, and the job is safer and more
Where Does Vantis
primary focus is in the interior build environment with the
- They're also beginning the endeavor of looking
at modular volumetric construction.
vision advances in doing anything they can with off-site
construction and optimizing their trades.
Advice For General
the mindset that the change you're making will make a
- Listen to the experts to help guide the
down the barriers that we've put up around ourselves.
Check out Vantis's
website. You can connect
with Ryan Ware on LinkedIn, or you can shoot him an email at
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