The Quad

Below is 2018 info. 2019 is in development and will be added soon; please check back.

Housing Panel Discussion
Wednesday, Nov. 28 | 4:30 pm
Booth #854

A critical challenge facing Boston and the metro area is the creation of more housing. This year at ABX, the New England Carpenters Union is again collaborating with the Boston Society of Architects, Stantec’s WHAT’S IN, Jobsite Steel and East Coast Interiors to host a solutions-focused discussion at the Quad exhibit to examine the need and possible ways to create more housing units. Each one of the panelists brings unique abilities and valuable perspectives. Those characteristics, combined with shared values, make this a great collaboration you can’t miss! View flyer


  • Jeff Gouveia, President & GM of the Northeast, Suffolk Construction
  • Marcy Ostberg, Director, Housing Innovation Lab, City of Boston
  • Kristi Mathews, Director of Business Development, Jobsite Steel Manufacturing
  • Thomas Flynn, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, New England Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Aeron Hodges, Associate, Stantec
  • Patrick Caldwell, V.P. Frame Division, East Coast Interiors


  • Lisa Nickerson, Principal & Founder, Nickerson Companies

About The Quad

Short for “Quadrangle,” Quad is a public square at the center of a college campus--a place of vibrancy, playfulness, and connectivity. In our increasingly dense urban habitats, city dwellers seek to discover similar environments in the places they live, work, and play.

The Quad is designed by Stantec’s WHAT’S IN team and fabricated and assembled by Jobsite Steel Manufacturing, the New England Regional Council of Carpenters and East Coast Interiors.

WHAT’S IN was established in 2012 by a group of young architects who were challenged by the rising housing costs in Boston. They set a goal to find urban housing solutions that are more accessible to the greater work force. Over the course of 6 years the research group has gathered data on housing preferences, designed affordable housing prototypes, studied cost saving solutions, and cultivated collaborations with other groups. They’ve shared their research and ideas in innovative ways for all of their six years.

This year WHAT’S IN explored methods of achieving density and affordability through advances in technology, sustainability, policy, and compact design. They found solutions through collaborations and by prototyping algorithmic platforms that streamline the design and construction processes and allow for the mass production of  urban compact modular housing.