Archive for Brian Shakun

Tight Squeeze: Building a 2-story Project Management Office in Manhattan

Construction in New York City comes with some unique challenges. One of those challenges is fitting large construction offices into extremely tight spaces. When NYU commissioned an $800 million project that would include a new high-tech science center, the general contractor had to fit a lot of equipment onto a tight job site. Watch the video below to see how ModSpace helped the GC’s project team stay onsite next to the action.

ModSpace is Boston Strong, Keeps Service Going Through the Storms

Through rain, sleet, hail and 102-inches of snow, the ModSpace branch office in Boston continues to deliver world-class service to our customers in New England.

The Boston office, and the rest of our locations throughout the Northeast and in Eastern Canada, have been open every day through the harsh winter to help businesses in need of mobile offices and portable storage units. It’s just one more example of the our commitment to helping businesses thrive, even in the most extreme conditions.

ModSpace is Boston Strong, Keeps Service Going Through the Storms

The ModSpace Boston office is in there somewhere.

ModSpace is Boston Strong Through the Storms

When it snows big, we bring in the big equipment.

ModSpace Boston is Strong

A little snow won’t slow us down. – Jim Adams, ModSpace Fleet Manager, Boston

Mobile Offices Help Organizers at the 2014 Boston Marathon

We’re honored to be a part of the 2014 Boston Marathon this Monday, April 21st. Our mobile offices are already in place as command posts and crew offices at the start line in the Hopkinton Common and the finish line in Copley Square.

Congratulations to all of the participants, event organizers and the City of Boston on the 118th running of this great race. You truly are Boston strong.

Olympic Host Cities Look to Modular for Scalable Building

scalable building for the 2024 Boston OlympicsAs Beantown makes its bid to host the 2024 Olympics, Boston has proposed using (and reusing) modular construction to create a scalable Olympic stadium and Olympic Village.

The Olympic Games can be a double-edged sword for a host city. An influx of tourism and a public relations blitz are assured for the months up to and during the Games. On the flipside, the host city also risks losing the sizeable investment required to submit a bid to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

After the Games the host city is often left with an overbuilt, even excessive infrastructure. Read more

Why Smart Cities Are the Cure for America’s Aging Power Grid

Smart Cities in AmericaSmart cities are all the rage with urban planners. But does this mean that the smart city design is right for every city? And what about the United States — will it fall behind and never catch up? Here are some of the questions city planners are asking.

What is a Smart City?

The term smart city applies to cities aiming to improve quality of life for citizens by updating infrastructure with smart power grids fueled by renewable energy. Smart cities can reduce traffic congestion, cut CO2 emissions and reduce operating Read more

Construction Material Costs on the Rise at Home and Abroad

Cost of Construction Materials on the RisePrices for construction materials have jumped in the United States, and around the globe. Two questions are apparent: why, and what does it mean for the future of construction?

Gypsum Leads Price Hike

At 14%, gypsum products rose the most in the past year. Lumber and plywood posted the second highest hike at 9%. Prepared asphalt and tar roofing climbed 5.4%. Lumber prices are expected to outpace all rising costs, as new federal regulations force an industry slowdown. Insulation materials, construction machinery and equipment, and asphalt Read more

3 Industries Made for Modular

Modular hotel in Japan

Bayside Marina Hotel, Yokohama, Japan

As modular grows in popularity and architects find new uses for prefab, three industries are best suited to take advantage of the benefits of building offsite. A report by McGraw-Hill Construction says healthcare, commercial warehousing, and the hotel industry would reap the greatest rewards by choosing modular.


Hospitals and similar outpatient facilities are ideal for modular. Patient rooms are identical and can be efficiently replicated at the factory and then quickly assembled onsite. This approach yields consistent quality, time savings of up to 50 percent, and significantly Read more

Inside the Ultimate Antarctic Research Station

BAC Halley VI Modular Research StationWe’ve said before that modular is an ideal building method when it comes to adding facilities in remote locations. Well, it doesn’t get any more remote than Antarctica. It’s desolate landscape and unforgiving weather make it inhospitable for humans to live and work. Yet, when the British Antarctic Survey (BAC) needed a state-of-the-art research facility to house its team of scientists and researchers at the South Pole, they chose modular for their base of operations. Built off-site and shipped to Antarctica in sections, the assembled Halley VI Research Station allowed the BAC to conduct important research on matters of global, environmental importance.

Halley VI Background

Commissioned in 2006, the Halley VI Research Station took four years to complete and is Read more

Sandy-torn Shore Preps for Summer

Sandy-torn Shore Preps for Summer with Modular ConstructionThe summer season is just weeks away. Yet six months after Hurricane Sandy, some beach communities are still rebuilding. For shoreline businesses, the season drives the bulk of their annual revenue. Some that aren’t ready are turning to modular construction to open on time.

Modular Facilities Heading to the Shore

For New Yorkers, the push includes modular facilities for restrooms, lifeguard stations and maintenance offices. Officials say the modular plan is the most cost- and time-efficient way to prepare the boardwalk and shoreline communities. New York’s $100 million investment in modular will pay for itself many Read more

Sustainable and Modular Construction Still Hot for 2013

Sustainable and Modular Construction Still Hot for 2013A recent article on Construction Digital indicates that both sustainable building and modular construction remain trends with traction. Four months into 2013, these trends are two of the driving forces behind the improving construction industry.

Green and Natural

The use of sustainable building materials and construction techniques Read more