Tag Archive for major disaster

How Will the Polar Vortex Affect Construction Through 2014?

polar vortex11 300x225 How Will the Polar Vortex Affect Construction Through 2014?Something’s wrong when a term like “polar vortex” is trending on Twitter. Since early December bone-chilling cold and record snow have gripped the much of the nation. For the construction industry, now is the time of year when construction is heating up. But with many states still packed in snow, meeting existing deadlines and starting new construction is a monumental challenge.

It’s not for lack of effort. Hard-as-nails construction crews forge on through bitter cold, driving projects closer to completion. Despite their fortitude, countless construction sites have been shut down for the safety of workers. They’re all to be commended for their dedication.

Can Construction Rebound?

The situation gives way to several possible scenarios, all of which raise the question as 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

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

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

Construction Projects Most Impacted by the Sequester

 Construction Projects Most Impacted by the SequesterThe Department of Energy, the EPA, and the U.S. military are among the federal and construction programs now feeling the effects of the Sequester’s $4 billion in mandatory budget cuts that began on March 1st, according to recent article on ENR.com.

A report to Congress by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) outlines cuts made by the Sequester. Here’s a quick look at where they’ll be felt most.

Sandy Recovery

Hardest hit by the cuts are the states still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, with the $50 billion already approved by Congress for natural disaster relief earmarked for reduction. Specifically, New York, Read more

Video: School Principal Talks about Reopening Faster After Hurricane Sandy

Residents and businesses across New York and New Jersey are still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Moonachie Township in Bergen County, New Jersey is no different. Four feet of water flooded much of the town, including Robert L. Craig Elementary. The school was badly damaged and not fit for teaching.

Administrators called ModSpace and less than a month later, the school reopened in temporary modular classrooms. It’s a good story for ModSpace, and a great one for the children of Moonachie.

Watch the video below to hear the school’s principal tell the story in her own words.

Time-Lapse Video: Building a Mobile Office Complex in 38 Days

The title says it all. Watch this short video and see 5 weeks flash by as ModSpace constructs a fully functional 7-unit mobile office complex. When it comes to adding buildings in days (not months), there really is no substitute.

Time Lapse: Temporary Modular School Accelerates Recovery for Students Displaced by Hurricane Sandy

As residents of New Jersey and New York continue to pick up the pieces after Superstorm Sandy, we’re doing our part to accelerate recovery efforts through faster temporary and permanent modular buildings.

While some finish work is still underway, this rough, first-cut time-lapse video shows how the speed of temporary modular got the students of Robert L. Craig Elementary School in the Moonachie School District of Bergen County, NJ back to school on January 2nd. The 32,000 square foot temporary modular school that was ready for use in just 25 days.

Look for more updates and a final time-lapse video soon on the Moonachie school project and the temporary city hall which ModSpace is now building right down the street.

Quick-response Companies Ready to Help with Hurricane Sandy Recovery

 Quick response Companies Ready to Help with Hurricane Sandy RecoveryAs recovery efforts from Sandy unfolded last week, we were struck by the resiliency of those who were affected by the storm and of the willingness of others to come to their neighbors’ aid. Helping hands from across the nation were lent to help victims rebuild their homes, their communities, their lives. It’s a proud reminder of what makes America great.

The same can said of the business community, where companies are coming together to drive Read more

A Case for Quick Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

 A Case for Quick Recovery After Hurricane SandyThe devastating effects of superstorm Sandy are still being felt throughout the Northeast, particularly in the hardest hit areas of New Jersey and New York. More than 1 million residents are still without electricity, and relief efforts are expected to continue for weeks.

ModSpace helps businesses get back on track faster using temporary and permanent modular construction. Case in point, after a tornado ripped through Americus, Georgia on the night of March 1, 2007, residents awoke to a Read more