Construction Robotics Startup Canvas Announces New Innovation Partner, California Drywall – EIN News

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, March 17, 2022 / — Construction robotics startup Canvas today announced that California Drywall–ranked the 9th largest drywall specialty contractor in the U.S.–has joined the Canvas Innovation Partner Program. The company joins three other top interior/exterior wall system contractors: Daley’s Drywall & Taping, Inc., Nevell Group Inc., and KHS&S. and three self-perform general contractors: Webcor, Swinerton, and DPR Construction. All Canvas Innovation Partners are highly technical builders moving the industry forward by embracing innovations that radically improve project outcomes.

With Canvas’s 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 realizing unmatched metrics for schedule, cost, quality and safety. Two Cal Drywall tapers recently graduated from the Canvas Certified Finisher training program. The machine is currently being used on a Cal Drywall project for a confidential tech client. Following this tenant improvement in San Jose, Cal Drywall will be using the Canvas System on a large, new hospital project in San Francisco.

“We first met with Kevin and the Canvas team in 2017,” says Steve Eckstrom, California Drywall President. “Back then, we saw its potential. Today we see the Canvas System’s evolution delivering safety and quality benefits, and they are closing in key productivity metrics.” We are excited to work with Canvas on these first two projects, providing our crews with a tool that can improve their work experience and ensure their safety, while also providing our clients with the highest possible quality outcomes, combined with cost and schedule certainty.”

The Canvas system automates two of the toughest parts of the drywall finishing process: mudding and sanding. After completing training, Canvas Certified Finishers can complete a project in less time, while producing predictably high-quality finishes. More importantly, the machine minimizes and sometimes even eliminates the harsh working conditions that deter new workers from pursuing the trade and can cause others to leave the industry early. The Canvas system improves worker air quality by capturing 99.9% of the dust produced in the sanding phase; eliminates messes; eliminates musculoskeletal injuries by taking on the heavy lifting of machine sanding; and greatly reduces the opportunity for falls by enabling workers to tackle riskier elevated work from ground level.

“We are grateful to early adopters like Cal Drywall,” says Canvas CEO Kevin Albert. “These trailblazing firms clear 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 Canvas’s other Innovation Partners will receive priority access to the machines. To date, Canvas and its Innovation Partners have worked together on more than 40 projects all over the Bay Area and are already expanding to southern California.

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