Green building is in demand, and here to stay. As the construction industry turns to new low-impact and recycled materials to create more efficient buildings, builders and developers should also be looking for new ways to reduce environmental impact without compromising ROI.
One option for new green building is the strategic reuse of modular structures. By refurbishing and reusing existing retired buildings, developers can cut costs and construction waste without compromising quality.
The new ModSpace Hartford branch is a great example of strategic reuse. The ModSpace team in Connecticut needed a new centralized office to replace its three aging facilities. The ModSpace Design-Build team seized the opportunity and went to work, turning our green and sustainable vision into a real space for business.
A 20-acre green field site was selected in Middletown, CT. The Construction Services team at ModSpace selected nine clear-span 12’x60’ buildings from our existing fleet and got to work. Renovation started with new EPDM roofs so renovations could begin as soon as the modules were set on the at-grade foundation. Once in place, a truss roof created space for the ductwork needed for the HVAC system. High-efficiency interior finishes were added, including LED lighting, occupancy sensors, metered faucets with motion sensors, motion sensor toilets and high-efficiency windows.
Crushing rock that was found onsite let the team blanket the storage yard with 70,000 cubic yards of gravel. It eliminated the need for expensive, environmentally damaging gravel transportation. Large rocks also found onsite were repurposed to create a natural property border. Drought-resistant plants were added to the exterior.
The repurposed 6,480-square-foot building features exterior styling that fits nicely into the wooded New England surroundings, right down to the lighted cupola and weathervane.
Just 160 days after construction started, the ModSpace Hartford branch is now open. It’s a clear example of how strategic reuse of existing structures can dramatically reduce construction waste and costs, and it reaffirms ModSpace’s commitment to a greener future.