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Construction robotics startup Canvas signs huge drywall contractor

Construction robotics startup Canvas says California Drywall – ranked the 9th largest drywall contractor in the United States – has joined the Canvas Innovation Partner program.

The company joins three other leading interior and exterior wall systems contractors:

  • Daley’s drywall and tape;
  • Nevel Group; and
  • KHS&S.

This is in addition to three independent general contractors:

  • Webcor;
  • Swinerton; and
  • DRP Construction.

All Canvas Innovation Partners are highly technical builders who drive the industry forward by embracing innovations that radically improve project outcomes.

With Canvas’ new worker-controlled robotic machine, Cal Drywall will be able to make drywall finishing safer and more attractive to a shrinking pool of skilled labor, while achieving unmatched measurements in terms of schedule, cost, quality and safety.

Two Cal Drywall trimmers recently graduated from the Canvas Certified Finisher training program. The machine is currently being used on a Cal Drywall project for a confidential technical client. Following this tenant improvement in San Jose, Cal Drywall will be using the Canvas system on a major new hospital project in San Francisco.

Steve Eckstrom, President of California Drywall, says, “We first met Kevin and the Canvas team in 2017.

“Back then, we saw his potential. Today, we see the evolution of the Canvas system delivering safety and quality benefits, and they are moving closer to key productivity metrics.

“We are delighted to be working with Canvas on these first two projects, providing our teams with a tool that can improve their work experience and keep them safe, while providing our clients with the highest quality results possible, combined with certainty in terms of costs and deadlines.”

The Canvas system automates two of the most difficult parts of the drywall finishing process: mudding and sanding. After completing training, Certified Canvas Finishers can complete a project in less time, while producing predictable, high-quality finishes.

More importantly, the machine minimizes and sometimes even eliminates harsh working conditions that deter new workers from pursuing the trade and may tempt others to leave the industry sooner.

The Canvas system improves the air quality of workers by capturing 99.9% of the dust produced during the sanding phase; removes damage; eliminates musculoskeletal injuries by taking on the heavy load of machine sanding; and dramatically reduces the risk of falls by allowing workers to tackle riskier work at height from the ground.

Kevin Albert, CEO of Canvas, says, “We are grateful to early adopters like Cal Drywall.

“These pioneering companies are paving the way for others, while reinforcing their own deep commitment to technology and its ability to drive better outcomes for people and projects.”

Albert adds that Cal Drywall’s return on investment for being an early adopter of the Canvas system will pay big dividends, as the company and other Canvas innovation partners will receive priority access to the machines.

To date, Canvas and its innovation partners have worked together on more than 40 projects across the Bay Area and are already expanding into Southern California.

Albert adds: “Our main mission when developing the Canvas system was to build a machine worth putting in the hands of workers.

“I’m proud that the work we’ve done demonstrates how Canvas is improving the lives of drywall finishers and setting new benchmarks for efficiency on our clients’ flagship projects. More importantly, I’m delighted that this significantly increases the number of workers trained and using our machines.

Canvas was founded in 2017 by leading roboticists who teamed up with longtime construction experts to pioneer a bold new way to build, starting with drywall finishing.

The team spent three years continually improving the product and developing its patent portfolio before launching it publicly in November 2020. Canvas’ machines, in the hands of skilled workers, make drywall finishing safer, higher quality and more predictable so jobs stay on schedule and on schedule. budget.

Members of the Canvas Partner Program will embrace the machines through training and job collaboration.