Day 2 of the PrefabAUS Industry Transformation conference kick-started yesterday with an official opening from Victorian Minister, The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, who welcomed guests at 8AM to the conference.

This was followed by a number of guest speaker presentations, beginning with an address from Rob Adams, Director of City Design at City of Melbourne, who discussed the hidden opportunity for prefabrication growth in the city.

Onward, Managing Director at Prebuilt, Rob Colquhoun led a discussion around the design-focused approach to education construction, and the sustainability benefits.

Laurice Temple, CEO of National Association of Women in Construction, spoke afterward of achieving higher performance through inclusive conversations and better-engaged teams.

Andrew Bailey, Regional Manager at Industry Capability Network then touched on transforming businesses through ICN Gateway for greater access and promotion in additional markets.

Shortly before morning tea, Prof. James Parks, Head of Science and Engineering at Brookfield Multiplex Engineering Innovations Group, lead a conversation into Modular Gossamer Structures as the design future of construction.

Day 2 of this major event continued with a Future of Australian healthcare Infrastructure panel, comprised of Aladin Niazmand, Jan Gryn and Tim Eley.

Niazmand, Managing director of Health planner & Healthcare Architect at Health Projects International, presented on design and procurement opportunities at an industrial scale. Gryn, Founder and Director at Modscape, echoed this with a number of examples of successful current and completed projects within the sector, echoed this sentiment.

Later in the evening John Wardle, principal at John Wardle Architects, introduced to guests the fascinating conception of the Melbourne School of Design. Following this final address, workshops commenced across the afternoon, led by Matt Rumbelow, Clare Parry, Bill McCorkell, Ralph Alphonso, Geoff Fletcher, John Lucchetti and Leigh Howard.

The workshops detailed the technology, sustainability, modular construction codes and engineering central to prefabrication construction.

AFR published a story yesterday in regard to prefabrication as a growing sector, now backed by the Victorian government, which can be read here.