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

3. Aviara Sales Centre, Burnaby, B.C. - Relocatable Modular


This 48 x 50-foot temporary pre-construction presentation center was designed to showcase a state-of-the-art, master-planned residential high-rise community located in the heart of one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city.

The presentation area incorporates a model room featuring photo and video displays of the proposed building. A stunning curved glass wall offers spectacular views of the architect-designed gardens and water feature overlooking the city below. Prospective buyers are invited to walk through to full-scale display suites replicating the layout, cools, and finishes of the living spaces being sold.


Category: Relocatable: Retail or Hospitality: over 2,000 sf
Company: Britco
Building Use: Custom Presentation Center
Average Size of Modules: 12 x 50 x 10 feet
Total Square Feet: 2,400 sf
Days to complete: 161


4. Tecno Fast ATCO Rental Office, Santiago, Chile - Renovated Reuse


To support the space requirements of an expanding business, Tecno Fast ATCO built a new office facility utilizing renovated units from a rental fleet. The main floor houses a comfortable lobby area with gourmet coffee point, low couches, pleasant lighting, meeting rooms, and kitchen facilities. The second floor features an open-plan office and a fitness facility.

Large windows throughout the office allow the ingress of natural light, while providing views over our modular manufacturing plant, service yard, and the Andes Mountains in the distance.

The two-story building uses repurposed modular buildings of different lengths, resulting in an interesting facade with a clearly defined and inviting entryway. Located on Ruta 5, the main north/south highway in Chile, the office serves as a highly visible advertisement for the company.


Category: Renovated Reuse: Greatest Renovation: under 10,000 sf
Company: ATCO Structures & Logistics Ltd.
Building Use: Office
Average Size of Modules: 10 x 38 x 9 feet
Total Square Feet: 6835 sf
Days to complete: 92


5. First Solar - AV Solar Ranch One, Los Angeles


Located in the Antelope Valley area of North Los Angeles County, the building houses the operations and maintenance team of a 230MW solar site that will produce sufficient electricity to support the annual energy needs of approximately 75,000 homes.

The project was developed to utilize a photovoltaic array for all building energy uses resulting in a net-zero building. A single-ply cool roof was combined with increased thermal insulation throughout the building to provide a highly efficient building envelope. Potable water usage was reduced by over 30% through the installation of high efficiency fixtures.

The building will continue to provide significant cost savings in the future since it is fully powered by the on site photovoltaic panels. As a Net Zero Energy building, the annual energy costs will be non-existent.


Main Category: Green Building Design
Category: Green Building
Entrant: Silver Creek Industries
Size: 89 x 49 x 15 feet
Total Square Feet: 4,361 sf

Read about all the Modular Building Institute Awards of Distinction winners.


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