Modular Building

Modular Building Design and Modular Building Architecture A compilation of Modular Building Design and Modular Architecture news, trends, case studies, whitepapers and projects for the Modular Building Team

Carlos Arnaiz Architects (CAZA) has designed four different types of stations for Cebu, Philippines' first bus rapid transit system. Image courtesy of CAZA

June 12, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

New York-based CAZA designed the modular bus stops with the city’s extreme weather conditions in...

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The AC Hotel in a neighborhood in Oklahoma City will be Oklahoma's first modular-built hotel, as well as the first for its developer. Image: Courtesy Guerdon Modular Buildings 

May 17, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Guerdon Modular Buildings will produce 81 modules for this project. 

CHPS releases new program, first model for prefab modular classrooms

Photo: Cramo Group/Creative Commons.

February 26, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Provides standards for indoor air quality, energy efficiency, materials, and waste management....

Asia’s modular miracle

A 230,000-sm factory in China’s Hunan province spent several months producing modules for the 57-story J57 Mini Sky City tower, in Changsha. Using advanced prefabrication techniques, China-based contractor Broad Sustainable Building erected the tower in less than three weeks. Photos courtesy Broad Sustainable Building

February 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A prefab construction company in China built a 57-story tower in 19 days. Here’s how they did it....

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Factory for J57 Mini Sky City, Changsha, China. Photo: BSB

February 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s inaugural Game Changers report highlights today’s pacesetting projects, from a pr...

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Fifty-three-foot-long modules, made by Guerdon Modular Buildings and assembled by Martel Construction, are being used to rebuild The Canyons Lodge & Cabins in Yellowstone National Park. Image courtesy of Guerdon Modular Buildings

February 01, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A $90 million rebuilding project in Yellowstone National Park exemplifies this trend.

Undaunted, Forest City pushes ahead on modular construction

B2 BKLYN. Photo: Field Condition

December 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The president of its FC Modular division says new projects are under consideration, even as compe...

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Data centers turn to alternative power sources, new heat controls and UPS systems

Modules for a data center for one of Skanska’s telecommunications clients were built in an offsite factory. Callison was the architect. Cosentini Associates provided engineering. Photo: Adam Friedberg

December 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Data centers account for 2% of the nation’s electricity consumption and about 30% of the power us...

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AECOM and Project Frog form partnership for building data centers

Photo: ep_jhu/Creative Commons

November 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Rapid Deployment Team will provide solutions for data centers both small (1 MW) and large (50...

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My Micro NY will soon be New York's first micro-apartment building

The concrete and steel modular units at My Micro NY are currently being stacked and bolted together. Renderings courtesy nArchitects

October 22, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Manhattan modular building will be completed in December and will contain apartments with low...

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4 Building Material Innovations from the Chicago Architecture Biennial

The main exhibit hall is the Chicago Cultural Center, which opened in 1897 and served as the city’s main library until 1977. Photo by Adilla Menayang

October 20, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

From lightweight wooden pallets to the largest lengths of CLT-slabs that can be shipped across No...

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The AMIE building, unveiled by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory at the DOE’s Industry Day event. Images courtesy SOM

September 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) building features a high-performance shell wi...

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EverBlock bricks make modular building a snap

Modular wall system. Photos courtesy EverBlock (via Gizmag)

September 08, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Life-size EverBlocks can be used to build actual furniture, dividing walls, and free-standing she...

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London opens business complex made from 50 shipping containers

Photo: PopBrixton.org

June 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

London's newest business complex, Pop Brixton, will support local entrepreneurs, create jobs, and...

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Containers on Grand: A new apartment complex in Phoenix

The apartments' living areas will open to a central courtyard through double French windows, which will flood the spaces with natural light. Renderings courtesy Stark James, LLC

March 31, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The eight-unit complex, called Containers on Grand, was inspired by the need for affordable and s...

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Prefabricated skycubes proposed with 'elastic' living apartments inside

The tower is designed to be 70% wood, and will contain gardens and flexible living spaces attached to a central concrete core. Renderings courtesy Weingartner Architects

March 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The interiors for each unit are designed using an elastic living concept, where different spaces...

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A 57-floor Chinese skyscraper was completed in 19 days

The tower has an office space capacity for 4,000 employees and residential units for 800 households. Screenshot from BSB

March 10, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Content Editor

After erecting the mega prefab tower in Changsha, China, modular builder BSB stated, “three floor...

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Polish architect designs modular ‘kids city’ kindergarten using shipping container frames

The complex will be filled with terraces and gardens where children can learn basic biology. All renderings courtesy Adam Wiercinski Architecture.

February 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Forget the retrofit of a shipping container into a building for one moment. Designboom showcases...

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New shipping container complex begins construction in Albuquerque

Rendering: Green Jeans Farmery

February 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Green Jeans Farmery already has a hydroponic farm component courtesy of owner and entrepreneu...

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3D Printer, Building, Multifamily, China
January 21, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The building components were prefabricated piece by piece using a printer that is 7 meters tall,...

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Photo: Geo Swan via Wikimedia Commons
January 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction consultant FMI foresees—with some caveats—continuing growth in the office, lodging,...

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Rendering courtesy STERIS
December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Infection control, a constant worry for hospital administrators and clinical staffs, is heightene...

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Renderings of how shipping containers will form a 12,000-sf retail district call
December 02, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

OneC1TY, a healthcare- and technology-focused community under construction on 18.7 acres near Nas...

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All renderings courtesy Shimizu Corp.
November 24, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The design centers around a floating, 500-meter-wide sphere linked to a resource center on the oc...

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An example of Aons Construction Risk Map, which the portal updates regularly to
November 18, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The new interactive tool from Aon Risk Solutions provides real-time updates pertaining to the ris...

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At Coastline Community Colleges Newport Beach (Calif.) Campus, the Building Tea
November 10, 2014 | C.C. Sullivan and Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editors

Providing more comfortable conditions to building occupants has become a top priority in today’s...

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One Bryant Park, New York. Photo: Ryan Browne, Cook+Fox Architects via Wikipedia
October 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Appraisal Foundation is striving to improve appraisers’ understanding of green valuation.

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All illustrations: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
October 21, 2014 | BD+C Staff

At the conclusion of the show, the modular classroom structure will be moved to a permanent locat...

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The research can help designers identify which products should be subjected to e
October 16, 2014 | Perkins+Will

The white paper includes a list of 193 flame retardants, including 29 discovered in building and...

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Photo courtesy Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities
October 15, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The impetus behind Harvard's Center for Green Buildings and Cities is what the design school’s de...

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