132: Developing Inventions for the Construction Industry

132: Invention Success in the Construction Industry

July 13, 2022

With Todd Drouillard, Science and Technology at HED

Hosted by Kevin Mako of MAKO Design + Invent

132: Invention Success in the Construction Industry
132: Invention Success in the Construction Industry

Todd Drouillard is the Science and Technology Business leader at HED, which is one of the world’s leading architecture firms for manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution center buildings. Todd has been in architecture for 25 years, has his Masters in Architecture, is an AIA director, and is on the Construction Code Commission Board of Directors in Michigan. Today, Todd is going to share some valuable knowledge on how inventors, startups, and small manufacturers are changing the way they move products to their end customers and what inventors with construction-related inventions can do to succeed in getting their innovations to market.

Today you will hear us talk about:

  • Warehousing innovation is becoming increasingly important to the success of a scaling hardware product business.
  • Construction inventions and innovations are happening very quickly in new building design, fabrication, and maintenance.
  • How do you get your construction product into the market to get into new or renovated buildings?
  • Less labor, more product. This is prefabrication, and there is a lot of room for new construction inventions in this space.
  • Product manufacturing and architecture are merging
  • To pitch your construction innovation, show that it reduces risk, increases quality, is more reliable, and is easy to install.
  • A big advantage when designing your product is to either make it easy to work with other products or include what used to be multiple products into one
  • There are lots of problems on a construction site, solve them with your construction inventions.


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