5 award-winning modular buildings

A ski-lodge-like worker housing complex in Canada and a net-zero office building in Los Angeles are among the notable Modular Building Institute award winners.

April 03, 2013

The Modular Building Institute recently revealed the winners of its annual Awards of Distinction contest. There were 42 winners in all across six categories: Permanent Modular, Relocatable Modular, Renovated Reuse, Marketing Pieces, Green Building Designs, and Student Green Building.

Here are five winning projects that caught our eye (images and descriptions were provided by MBI):



1. MEG Energy Christina Lake Lodge, Near Conklin, A.B. - Permanent Modular


Voted the Judge's Choice for the competition, this lodge combines quality materials and fine craftsmanship to create the feel of a high-end ski lodge. The core facility features wood and metal inlays throughout and includes fireplaces, a theater, a recreational center, meeting rooms, a first-class fitness facility, and offices.

A number of large windows allow natural light into the buildings. The kitchen was designed with high attention to culinary processes, including high-end appliances, food handling flow and storage, efficient workspaces, and ease of cleaning.
The two-story dormitories are equipped with sound attenuating properties for the executive-level, 300-sf bedrooms. Each bedroom features a private bathroom, a workstation, refrigerator, large television, and a PTAC heating and cooling system controlled by a wall-mounted thermostat.

The lodge includes a pre-engineered gymnasium with full basketball court, rich wood panelling, and clerestory windows.


Category: Permanent: Commercial Housing: over 10,000 sf
Company: ATCO Structures & Logistics Ltd.
Building Use: Housing for Oil Sands Workers
Average Size of Modules: 12 x 60 x 12 feet
Total Square Feet: 120,000 sf
Days to complete: 856



2. Coal Yard Apartments, Ithaca, N.Y. - Permanent Modular


This four-story apartment building was designed to match architecturally to the existing buildings already at Coal Yard Apartments and the broad roof overhangs and the substantial colorful brackets that are reminiscent of the former terminal.

The building is a center corridor design with two- and three-bedroom apartments spanning multiple modules, making the apartments feel open and airy to the prospective renters. Interior amenities are matched to the requirements of the local market for this type of renter and include hardwood flooring, custom kitchens with extended height wall cabinets, and granite counter tops.

The modules are situated on a concrete parking garage that houses parking, the elevator, and mechanical systems. At the roof level, there is a garden terrace for tenants to enjoy the views over town as well as the sky and simple relaxation.


Category: Permanent: Commercial Housing: over 10,000 sf
Company: Champion Commercial Structures
Affiliate: Champion Commercial Structures (Direct)
Building Use: Graduate Student Apartments
Average Size of Modules: 14 x 62 x 12 feet
Total Square Feet: 27,800 sf
Days to complete: 389


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