25 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
#45 Workworking Design & Implementation feat. Justin Somers (Woodrow Designs)
39 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
#44 Embodied Carbon feat. Diana Smiciklas (Perkins & Will)
This week on the Build Our Future Podcast, we talk all things sustainability with our guest, Diana Smiciklas. Diana Smiciklas is a sustainability advisor who has been working with architectural firm Perkins & Will for the last 3 years. Diana diligently develops and implements strategies for high-performance and sustainable design while also focusing on wellbeing. In this episode, we shine the light on embodied carbon, and how the future of sustainability looks for the construction industry. Check out episode #44 – where you’ll hear us chat about: ● How the last few years have been an exciting time for Diana to be helping her clients embrace sustainability . ● How things have changed over the years since LEED first started. ● What the future looks like for embodied carbon practices in the construction industry.
22 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
#43 Operations Tracking Technology feat. Leeroy Beeby (Level)
Join us on this weeks episode of the Build Our Future Podcast, where Rahul chats with returning guest Leeroy Beeby, the COO and Co-Founder of Level. Leeroy’s mission with Level is to assist small and medium sized contractors with the tech tools that their businesses need to grow. Since his last appearance on the Build Our Future Podcast, he has expanded the services of the company and now offer bookkeeping solutions to their clients, which you will hear all about in this weeks episode. Check out episode #43 as we discuss topics such as: How Level have expanded to bookkeeping, and why they only do bookkeeping for contractors. Why tracking the numbers is so important for tackling cashflow problems. Leeroy explains the benefits of using Level, and the processes they take in order to help contractors with their expenses. Check out Level at their website: https://checkthelevel.com/ Level on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/check-the-level/
34 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
#42 Clear & Efficient Communications feat. Yves Frinault (Fieldwire)
Join us on this weeks episode of the Build Our Future Podcast, where Rahul chats with Yves Frinault, who is the CEO and Co-Founder of Fieldwire. Fieldwire is an end-to-end jobsite software solution for the construction industry. Used on more than 800,000 projects worldwide, Fieldwire has saved its users millions of dollars by powering clear and efficient communications between the office and the field. Check out episode #42 as we discuss topics such as: Yves’ journey with bringing Fieldwire to fruition. How Yves implemented methods from the gaming development industry into the construction industry. How Fieldwire continues to help GCs, subs, engineers, architects and designers in the construction industry. Check out Fieldwire at their website: https://www.fieldwire.com/ Fieldwire on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fieldwirelabs/ Yves Frinault on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yvesfrinault ”The collaboration tools that we had in gaming were like lightyears ahead of anything you see in construction. We were making custom collaboration tools for the project that we were working on, and I really got to a point where I was like - this is the stuff that we're missing in construction.” - Yves Frinault “The main problem as a GC was that the owner was on site every single day, like they would come on site, and it would waste like a lot of time. And when they started using Fieldwire - because the owner could just like browsing on field wire directly - they could see the photos, they could see everything.” - Yves Frinault ”The difference between the great companies and the good companies is their capacity to execute the plan with all the adjustments and variations that they're going to encounter. Fieldwire focuses exclusively on that connection between the plan, and the execution.” - Yves Frinault Connect with Rahul Faria and Build Our Future Podcast: Website: https://www.rahulfaria.com/podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/buildourfuture/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Build-Our-Future- Podcast LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rahul-faria/ Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for listening, and if you like what you’ve heard, feel free to share this episode!
25 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
#41 Adapting to New Technology feat. Stacia Van Zetten (Exact Technology)
Join us on this week's episode of the Build Our Future Podcast, where Rahul chats with Stacia Van Zetten, the CSO of EXACT Technology. EXACT Technology is a company that creates data-driven solutions for precast, infrastructure and high-rise construction. Constructors of all types use monitoring data from their hardware and software to build their projects faster, safer and more sustainably. Check out episode #41 as we discuss topics such as: How Stacia came up with the original idea for the company, and how it began. Why the construction industry can often be slow to make changes and adapt to new technologies. The ways in which EXACT has innovated the various systems required in concrete pouring methods. Check out EXACT Technology at their website: https://exacttechnology.com/ EXACT Technology on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/exact-technology-corporation/ Stacia’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stacia-van-zetten-2207871b ”My vision was to really monitor the full lifecycle of concrete from aggregates in a bin out of ready mix plant, to being batched, being in a truck, to being delivered on site. ” - Stacia Van Zetten “When you're focused on a project for ten years, and you move on to the next one, there's no sharing of knowledge from project to project. So most people just do the next project the same way they did the first project for ten years, and ten years later, they're doing the exact same thing.” - Stacia Van Zetten ”It never really was a thought in my mind that it would turn into a company, it was just like, 'let's do this better'.” - Stacia Van Zetten Connect with Rahul Faria and Build Our Future Podcast: Website: https://www.rahulfaria.com/podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/buildourfuture/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Build-Our-Future-Podcast LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rahul-faria/ Contact: email@example.com Thanks for listening, and if you like what you’ve heard, feel free to share this episode!
29 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
#40 Sustainable Design & Architecture feat. Jessie Smith & Darryl Hood
In this week's episode of the Build Our Future Podcast, host Rahul Faria is joined by Jessie Smith and Darryl Hood, Principals from CSV Architects. CSV Architects is an Ottawa-based architectural practice focused on the sustainable design of institutional, commercial, and multi-unit residential projects. Its mission is to create sustainable communities through meaningful architectural design and collaborative discussion. Check out episode #40 as Jessie and Darryl tell Rahul about how sustainability in architecture is their main objective and has been from the beginning. In the episode, you will hear: Why CSV Architects believed in sustainability before it was common practice in the construction industry. Why net-zero has been discussed more recently than the likes of LEED. How occupant health and well-being are a priority for CSV Architects while designing buildings. Check out CSV Architects at their website: https://www.csv.ca/ CSV Architects on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/csv-architects/ Jessie Smith on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessieesmith Darryl Hood on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darryl-hood Instagram: @csvarchitects ”I think the term is generally '50% of the buildings that are going to be around in 2050 already exist'. So we need to fix those, as well as build better when we build new.” - Darryl Hood “Sustainability sort of goes hand in hand with minimalism; reducing waste, reducing energy consumption, and just being very efficient with living. That is something that I've always been interested in.” -Jessie Smith ”How do we reduce like ongoing consumption off electricity and utilities and kind of reduce that kind of carbon footprint? As opposed to, let's sort out the recycling and the compostable from a project site and just make sure how that's going.” - Darryl Hood Connect with Rahul Faria and Build Our Future Podcast: Website: https://www.rahulfaria.com/podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/buildourfuture/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Build-Our-Future-Podcast LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rahul-faria/ Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for listening, and if you like what you’ve heard, feel free to share this episode!
28 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
#39 Workforce Management in the Construction Industry feat. Mallorie Brodie
In this week's episode of the Build Our Future Podcast, host Rahul Faria is joined by returning guest, Mallorie Brodie. Mallorie Brodie is the CEO and Co-Founder of Bridgit. Bridgit provides software solutions for simplifying workforce management within the construction industry. They offer two solutions to construction companies – Bridgit Field, which is an app for punchless management and issue tracking on job sites, and Bridgit Bench, which optimizes workforce planning. Tune in and listen as Mallorie chats to Rahul about how Bridgit has expanded their business over the course of the last year, since her first appearance on the Build Our Future Podcast in Episode #9. In the episode, you will hear Rahul and Mallorie discuss topics such as: How the pandemic highlighted the need for digitization in workforce planning for the construction industry. The female experience in such a male-dominated industry like construction. How Mallorie naturally built the brand identity of Bridgit over time. The forms of integration that Bridgit have benefited from. Check out Bridgit at their website: https://gobridgit.com/ Bridgit on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/gobridgit/ Mallorie’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mallorie-brodie-b3885827 ”We're going to keep going on the integrations. Basically, any company that our customers bring up, we'll sort of see if it's possible to do within the infrastructure we've built, but the goal is to be able to integrate with really all the tools that our customers are using today.” - Mallorie Brodie “I think it's really important from a strategic perspective that companies are attractive to female employees because that's just a whole other group within our economy that can be tapped into to help grow the industry overall.” - Mallorie Brodie ”People would almost expect that our company would be very male-dominated, but we're actually like 50/50, and that was not even intentional is just sort of the way the company grew. And I think it is because we were diverse from such an early stage.” - Mallorie Brodie - Connect with Rahul Faria and Build Our Future Podcast: Website: https://www.rahulfaria.com/podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/buildourfuture/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Build-Our-Future-Podcast LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rahul-faria/ Contact: email@example.com - Thanks for listening, and if you like what you’ve heard, feel free to share this episode!
31 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
#38 Innovating Flooring feat. Jack Aspenson
In this week's episode of the Build Our Future Podcast, host Rahul Faria is joined by Jack Aspenson. Jack Aspenson is the CEO and President of S3 Surface Solutions. S3 Surface Solutions specialize in high-performance epoxy coatings, moisture barrier solutions, and microbial resistant additives – providing their services to clients across a range of industries including the hospitality, education, medical and commercial industries. Listen as Jack tells Rahul all about how his ideas came to fruition, and what the mission of S3 Surface Solutions is for the future. In this episode, you will hear Rahul and Jack discuss topics such as: The different ways that S3’s methods are safer for the environment and for the individual. How the creator of PureTi inspired Jack to create cleaner sealing methods. The ingredients behind making the best quality subfloor solutions. What lead Jack Aspenson to launching a business like S3 Surface Solutions. QUOTES ”I got to thinking about, you know, what is my home like? You know, one of my daughters has sinus infections all the time. How do I start addressing what could be in the house? Because a lot of time the air outside of your house is cleaner than it is inside?” - Jack Aspenson “We were sitting around at dinner one night, and they said, we know we can make things better, but will people buy it? And I said, "well, as long as you're not four times the cost, there's always an opportunity". And so, six years ago, I started S3 with the purpose of finding the quality.” - Jack Aspenson ”So we are 95% less CO2 in the manufacturing which concrete equates to I think it's 20% or 30% of the Co2 generated in the world, that we generate 95% less. This is what we're developing towards.” - Jack Aspenson -- LINKS Check out S3 Surface Solutions at their website: http://s3surfacesolutions.com/ Jacks’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackaspenson/ - Connect with Rahul Faria and Build Our Future Podcast: Website: https://www.rahulfaria.com/podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/buildourfuture/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Build-Our-Future-Podcast LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rahul-faria/ Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org - Thanks for listening, and if you like what you’ve heard, feel free to share this episode!
32 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
#37 Payments Made Easy feat. Matthew Smith
In this week's episode of the Build Our Future Podcast, Rahul is joined by Matthew Smith, to discuss the changes and innovation of online business payments for construction company owners. Matthew Smith is the co-founder and CEO of MazumaGo. MazumaGo, which launched in 2018, is a digital payment service for business transactions, with the goal of being a more efficient, speedier alternative to cheque-based payments. In this episode, you will hear Rahul and Karl discuss topics such as: Why a service like MazumaGo is particularly necessary in the construction industry. The ways in which fast online payments can help businesses increase their productivity, especially during a pandemic. How banks may become obsolete in the not-too-distant future because of online services. How Matthew is inspired by Apple’s concept of the App Store. LINKS Check out MazumaGo, or even try their demo: https://www.mazumago.com/ Matthew’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-smith250 -- Connect with Rahul Faria and Build Our Future Podcast: Website: https://www.rahulfaria.com/podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/buildourfuture/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Build-Our-Future-Podcast LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rahul-faria/ Contact: email@example.com -- If you are interested in MazumaGo, and want to try it out for your business, make sure to check out mazumago.com, and use code: rahul or buildourfuturepodcast to get your first few transactions for free. Thanks for listening, and if you like what you’ve heard, feel free to share this episode!
65 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
#36 Hospitality, Interior Design, & Collaboration with Karl Travis (Hager)
In this episode of Build Our Future Podcast, Rahul is joined by Karl Travis, to discuss the role that interior design plays in the construction industry. Karl Travis is a partner and senior interior designer at Hagar Design International Inc. He specializes in the interior design of restaurants and hospitality premises. Since launching in 1984, Hagar Design Inc has established itself as a top go-to firm for providing innovative and creative interior design solutions to their clients. In this episode, you will hear Rahul and Karl discuss topics such as: • Karl’s background in the hospitality industry, his experiences working in restaurants in Canada, and why he decided to pursue interior design as a career. • Why lighting is so important for the atmosphere and the experience of the restaurant-goer. • How daytime reality TV interior designers differ from most interior designers. • The different ways interior design can be innovative and sustainable. • How the pandemic has affected the way restaurants are designed.
51 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
#35 Empowering Women On Their Construction Careers feat. Nour Hachem-Fawaz
In this episode of Build Our Future Podcast, Rahul is joined by Nour Hachem-Fawaz, to discuss why it is important to educate and inspire young people to pursue careers that society has discouraged them from, and the significance of diversity in the workforce. Nour Hachem-Fawaz is a workforce advisor, mentor and influencer, who in 2014 set out on a mission - to inspire the youth to make informed career choices that challenge the status quo. She founded the non-profit, Build A Dream, who’s focus is to create specialized programs to encourage and empower female students to explore careers where women are under- represented, while also working to create a gender-balanced workforce, and change global perspectives on women’s contribution to society. In this episode, you will hear Rahul and Nour discuss topics such as: • Nour’s upbringing, and how her mother’s ambition and determination inspired her to be who she is today. • Why shifting the common mindset of young people and their families will launch them into the right career. • The events that Build A Dream host, and the impact they have had. • The misconceptions about the professional abilities of women. • The importance of diversity in the workforce.
30 minutes | May 11, 2021
#34 Crosspod with The Productive Designer Podcast feat. Crystal Collinson (Crystal Collinson Interiors)
On this episode, we get Crystal Collinson in the chair - this time on the opposite side. She has been a part of the Interior Design industry for years, and has launched her very own podcast focusing on that industry.
27 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
#33 - Matching Skilled Workers to Your Project feat. John Reid (Faber)
Ever wanted to find actual skilled trades to match your task description, instead of wondering what experience and level of skill a worker will have once they show up on the jobsite? John Reid from Faber joins us to talk about their online platform, and their services on how they are making the process easy and comfortable to ensure your project is completed efficiently & effectively.
23 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
#32 Automation for Unit Price Contracts feat. Sean Ciampaglia (Contract Complete)
Ever wonder why the contract process hasn't been automated as of yet? Sean joins the show to discuss the importance of automation these contracts, especially when it comes to Site Servicing, Landscaping and general site work. The process is simple to use, with changes and workflow through the consultants, keeping all parties in the loop!
24 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
#31 Overdeliver on Project Closeouts feat. Caleb Taylor (Buildr)
That end of project paperwork... the coordination and follow up with #Suppliers and #Subtrades to get their warranty information, as-built drawings and the rest of the close out documents. Timely? Frustrating? Listen to Caleb Taylor from Buildr - they have created a process to streamline and yet, overdeliver on all your #projectcloseout needs!
50 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
#30 Meeting of the Pods feat. Vince Versace (The Construction Record)
Our first crosspod! What a great conversation with Vince Versace, host of The Construction Record that is part of the Daily Commercial news. We discuss our passions for our shows, talk all things what was in Construction in 2020 & what we have to look forward to. Nothing is left off the table - from racism in the workplace, COVID, vaccines, diversity & inclusion among so much others!
28 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
#29 Acoustical Engineering: Creating Your Place of Zen feat. Ian Bonsma (HGC Engineering)
Acoustic engineers keep libraries quiet and ensure that your home is peaceful. Today we speak with HGC Engineering Senior Associate Ian Bonsma about the world of acoustic engineering. After introducing Ian and touching on his professional background we explore the role that acoustic engineers play in designing quieter spaces. Ian then shares insights into his company before explaining the differences between noise, sound, and vibration. From theatres and lecture halls to condos, we discuss Ian’s vital yet often misunderstood work. Following this, Ian unpacks common acoustic engineering misconceptions. We dive further into the details and talk about alternative solutions to manage acoustics, the unique problems that Ian has overcome, the regulatory frameworks that govern sound, and how open-planned offices tend to present acoustic challenges. Later, we reflect on the increasing prevalence of work-from-home lifestyles and how the pandemic has amplified the need for acoustic engineering. Tune in to hear more about Ian’s work and the invisible impact of acoustic engineering.
29 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
#28 Modernizing Controls Using 3D Frabrication feat. Mahdi Sharif (Glove Systems)
Manual measurement tools result in six billion dollars of rework every year. Today Madhi Sharif, Co-Founder and SVP of Engineering at Glove Systems, joins us to talk about how his platform is solving this problem. Glove Systems offers 3D scanning software designed to visualize a design in 3D, allowing its users to check if parts will fit on site, map the existing condition of a component against its design, share all documentation on the cloud, and much more. Madhi tells us a bit about his background and education before sharing about the process of developing an early offering for Glove Systems. We talk about how the manufacturing industry has seen so many evolutions while fabrication workers are still using either measuring tape or overly complex quality control tools that require specialist knowledge to operate. Madhi’s goal with Glove Systems was to provide the fabrication industry with something in between these two extremes and we dive into just how the platform works. The team at Glove also won the 2019 Velocity Fund Pitch Competition and Madhi talks about how this achievement has helped them win clients and fine-tune their product. We also talk about the future of Glove Systems as well as the fabrication industry, and Mahdi shares some exciting ideas about augmented reality, remote inspection, adaptive reuse, and more. Tune in for an exciting conversation about much-needed innovation in the fabrication space!
28 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
#27 Optimizing Project Collaborations feat. JT Grindheim (FONN)
There are so many moving parts in a construction project, and things can quickly descend into chaos if all the different teams are not on the same page. JT Grindheim understands this, which is why he built Fonn, his tech solution for efficient construction collaboration, and today we have him on the show to tell us all about it! JT worked in Project Management for 14 years in the oil and gas industry and is an outspoken project geek with a zero fault tolerance mindset who is passionate about lean work methods. He kicks things off today by giving listeners an idea of his experience in the field and how he brought it to bear by launching Fonn in late 2016 after a project didn’t live up to his ideals thanks to poor communication. Rather than beginning with the office, JT’s dream is to enable the site worker, and Fonn does this by performing its core function of communication and document sharing optimally and in the most user-friendly way, specifically for horizontal construction projects. We talk to JT about how the app works and keeps things as simple as possible from an onboarding point of view. Our exchange also covers Fonn’s evolution, incredible global market reception, and how the awards and seed funding they received has aided their credibility. Toward the end of the show, we talk about the adoption of technology in construction more broadly and what a truly tech-enabled industry will look like. For all this and more about how a simple platform that does one thing brilliantly can take a project from chaos to control, tune in today.
23 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
#26 Optimizing Progress Reports Through SMS feat. Ashley Kielbratowski (Harbr)
If you don’t have good systems in place to streamline progress reports, they are often out of date by the time they get completed. Ashley Kielbratowski joins us today to talk about how she is helping solve this problem with the help of an unlikely technology – text messaging. Ashley is Co-Founder and GCO at Harbr which allows teams to handle communication, progress reporting, and invoicing via SMS. Ashley gives us an idea of her background and how she partnered with Dave Kim and began building out Harbr’s initial offering using a site rather than an office-centric approach. We talk to Ashley about what the app does, how to use it, and how it helps the entire vertical of a job from the back office to site supervisor and subcontractor. Ashley helps us understand what the onboarding process looks like and the benefits it presents to many different sectors of construction. Toward the end of our conversation we talk about what is in store for Harbr and Ashley shares some exciting optimizations they are making to streamline invoicing so that payments can be more accurately processed. Tune in and hear about how you can upgrade your progress reports and financials using one of the most basic and well-understood technologies that exist today!