The first ever New Jersey Modular Boot Camp is now history. Nobody was more surprised by the fantastic turnout than me. Builders from NJ, PA and DE along with factory people, Architects, Engineers and suppliers were all treated to great speakers, great networking and a great lunch.
|The morning session before anyone arrived|
|The packed house|
|L-R, Bob Burdick, PE; Ferry Dharmawan, PE; Carolyn Feigin, PE|
Next up were three Professional Engineers, Carolyn Feigin, Ferry Dharmawan and Bob Burdick, speaking about all the problems and solutions faced by builders in NJ. They must have been hitting on all cylinders with the builders as many of them were taking notes and listening attentively to the different areas of construction each of the PEs were addressing. When I asked several NJ builders who they wanted at the Boot Camp, they all said to have some PE's speak as getting approvals is one of the toughest parts of building in NJ and a PE is an essential part of that process and probably the least understood by builders.
|I had a picture of Mike Shirk that I was going to use here but the next day he posted this picture on Facebook of what everyone would like to do when near the ocean. Now I'm jealous.|
The afternoon sessions will be in Part 2 of the NJ Boot Camp.
I also learned 4 great truths about New Jersey while I was there. NJ rarely allows you to make a left hand turn, you can’t pump your own gas, Atlantic City is depressing and it’s easy to get into NJ but tough to leave. Seems like the bridges exiting NJ are more constricted than my arteries.
One other thing I learned was that New Jersey modular builders are some of the most friendly I have ever met. There are so many modular builders in the state that I thought they would be at each other’s throats but the exact opposite was true. They were networking like crazy, a sign that our industry is beginning to work together for a better future.