Tag Archive for Disaster Relief

Can A Modular Building Be Remodeled?

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ModSpace remodeled temporary modular buildings for the construction of its permanent office in Hartford, CT.

A traditional building renovation can be a big undertaking. Not only does it mean months of planning and design for the remodel itself, but it also means making arrangements for displaced workers, and dealing with site disruption, which will go on for months.

When it comes to initial building, modular construction is generally faster and more efficient than traditional construction, giving businesses a greater return on their investment. Yet, does the same hold true when it comes to a remodel?

Greater Flexibility for Remodels

Any building is subject to wear and tear as the years go on, and modular buildings are no different. After several years of steady traffic, a permanent modular building will Read more

Relief to Recovery: 3 Ways Modular Buildings Help Communities Post-disaster

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Staffers ready FEMA’s mobile hospital in Louisville, MS. Photo: Mike Koplitz/FEMA

When natural disasters strike, rapid response is vital to bringing aid into an affected community. Ongoing support is also needed to get the community back on its feet. Whether it’s organizing and distributing relief supplies, providing temporary housing for displaced residents, offering transitional offices to get employees back to work, or the rebuilding of businesses and homes, many organizations must quickly come together for effective relief and recovery.

Residents of Louisville, Mississippi came together after a tornado destroyed their local hospital in April. For the first time, the Federal Emergency Management Agency Read more

How to Build Better Mobile Offices Part 2: The Structure

Quality mobile offices give firms reliable and comfortable buildings to establish new operations and get productive quickly, wherever they are needed.

In the first part of this series ModSpace Construction Services VP Sam Tikriti showed you how solid foundations are built. Now Sam’s back to talk about how the walls and roofs take shape. Click below to learn how these components are constructed and fixed to their foundations in a quality-controlled factory environment.

If you haven’t already seen it, make sure to watch part 1 in this series, The Foundation.

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Mobile Office Provider

12x56 Mobile OfficeTrailer 300x209 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Mobile Office ProviderWhen you need a mobile office, choosing the right provider is just as important as choosing the right building. Here are 5 things to look for in a mobile office company.

1. On-Time Delivery AND Pickup Guarantee

Many companies promise on-time delivery. Few are willing to put their money where their mouth is. A company that stands behind their guarantee will offer some kind discount or Read more

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

smart cities 3 Why Smart Cities Are the Cure for America’s Aging Power GridSmart 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

5 Reasons to Choose Certified Remanufactured Modular Buildings

CRB Cutout 300x214 5 Reasons to Choose Certified Remanufactured Modular BuildingsIn today’s cost- and environmentally-conscious world, there are few options for adding space quickly and affordably, without creating significant waste.

For companies on tight timelines and budgets, remanufactured modular buildings are a popular option. Here are some reasons why you should consider them.

1. Not Refurbished, Remanufactured

Refurbished buildings commonly undergo simple cosmetic updates and essential repairs. Remanufacturing refers to a comprehensive overhaul. The process starts with a Read more

A Rising Sea of Change? New York Weighs Coastal Readiness Plan

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Photo courtesy of Arcadis

 

Rising oceans and severe storms are a real threat to coastal cities around the world. Superstorm Sandy is great example of how tidal surge can devastate low-lying metropolitan areas.

One artist recently created a video animation that shows how the rising sea level could impact the West Coast. Imagine Venice Beach under 25 feet of water. While this scenario is not likely to happen in our lifetime, it does call into question how the world will protect its coastal cities. For Read more

Sandy-torn Shore Preps for Summer

 Sandy torn Shore Preps for SummerThe 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

Seattle’s Taproot Theatre is Reborn through Modular

 Seattle’s Taproot Theatre is Reborn through ModularIn 2009, arson tore through a section of Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood, destroying several businesses, and leaving an empty lot in its wake. As reported by the Seattle Times, the Taproot Theatre, a pillar of the city’s thriving arts community, was lost in the fire. Now the Taproot is reborn, bigger, better and modular.

The New Taproot Goes Modular 

From its Space Needle to the Seattle Central Library, the Emerald City has had a long history of progressive attitudes toward architecture. It’s not surprising that modular construction was the choice for the new Taproot. With 21 modules being readied, the finished project will include primary and Read more

5 Reasons Why Schools Should Consider Modular Construction

Rising enrollments, decreasing budgets and natural disasters have America’s schools facing difficult times. When it comes to adding new teaching space quickly and affordably, modular construction offers temporary and permanent solutions that get students back to class sooner, even on tight budgets.

Here are five reasons to look closely at modular learning space. Click the link in each one to see how schools can benefit from temporary and permanent modular construction.

1. Faster Permanent Buildings

 5 Reasons Why Schools Should Consider Modular ConstructionThe Jesse Kaplan School in West Nyack, NY needed four ADA-approved classrooms with restrooms for special needs children. The classrooms had to blend seamlessly with the existing facility. Innovative floorless modular construction Read more