ULI San Francisco: How Lessons Learned Define the Path Forward for Modular with Randy Miller of RAD Urban (Housing the Bay Lead-up)


2021-04-28T12:00:00 - 2021-04-28T13:00:00

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    This event is a Housing the Bay lead-up event. Housing the Bay Sponsors please contact adrian.garcia@uli.org for your complimentary sponsor tickets. 
    Modular construction is not new to Bay Area housing production, and its promise of providing developers lower costs, faster building schedules, and more predictability in scheduling and budget remain relevant. But have these promises held up? What progress has the Bay Area made in the past few years in deploying this innovative technique — and why have some companies had more success than others? We will explore all this and more as we do a post-mortem on a single modular company, RAD Urban, in a candid conversation with its founder.

    Join this Housing the Bay lead-up event for a one-on-one conversation with Randy Miller on what worked and what didn’t work at RAD Urban (and elsewhere), as well as how the industry can learn/pivot to ensure the future successful production of lower-cost modular housing.

    Dafna Kaplan, Founder & CEO, Cassette (Moderator)
    Randy Miller, CEO and Co-Founder, RAD Urban
    12:00 - 12:40pm: Moderated Discussion
    12:40 - 1:00pm: Audience Q&A 
    Randy Miller:
    Randy Miller is an 18-year industry veteran.  He founded and was the CEO of RAD Urban, Inc, an award-winning and pioneering manufacturer of pre-fabricated, pre-finished volumetric modular buildings specializing in steel-frame non-combustible construction.  Mr. Miller developed a vertically integrated and highly technical approach to building development bringing real estate, architecture, engineering, manufacturing, and construction all under one roof.  Mr. Miller grew RAD Urban from inception to a 300-person firm delivering up to 50,000SF of finished building per month.  Mr. Miller has focused his career on developing advanced building technologies and leveraging these technologies in the pursuit of better, and more economical real estate development and construction.
    Mr. Miller holds a master’s degree in civil engineering and construction management from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.  He is a licensed civil engineer in the State of California and is a California licensed general building contractor, general engineering contractor, manufactured housing contractor, and fire sprinkler contractor.
    Dafna Kaplan: 
    Dafna Kaplan is the founding CEO of Cassette. Kaplan’s combined 10 years in the product and technology sector and over 15 in the A/E/C industry have put her at the forefront of industrialized construction process and technology. Prior to founding Cassette, Ms. Kaplan spent over 8 years at MATT Construction as Vice President, where she focused on emerging markets and construction technology.

    Ms. Kaplan received a Presidential Award from the AIA LosAngeles in 2020. She has served the professional community on the ULI Los Angeles Executive, Communications and Urban Marketplace Committees, as a Board Director for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the AIA Los Angeles and the Architecture + Design Museum.

    Ms. Kaplan spent her early career teaching independent living to foster teens, and founded Cassette with a social impact commitment to contribute a percentage of proceeds to address youth homelessness. Ms. Kaplan holds an MBA, Summa Cum Laude from the UCLA Anderson School of Business, and a BA in Human Services from the University of Oregon.
    Thank you to Jordan Moss, Dan Adams, and Wendi Baker for organizing this event.