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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
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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Spring cleaning tips for modular space
| March 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Modular structure manufacturer Williams Scotsman shares seven things to do to prep modular units...

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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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Modular Space Showcase: Helping BP take command in the Gulf of Mexico
| March 16, 2015 |

Immediate emergency response to minimize and remedy environmental damage called for temporary, mo...

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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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The Eagle Ford Shale is located in South Texas and is currently the most active shale play in the world. Photo courtesy of Williams Scotsman.

| March 09, 2015 |

Like many other energy hotbends throughout the continent, demand for modular structures isn't dec...

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Modular construction brings affordable housing to many New Yorkers

Lower Manhattan viewed from Brooklyn. Photo: Vik Waters/Wikimedia Commons

| March 03, 2015 |

After city officials waived certain zoning and density regulations, modular microunits smaller th...

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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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The Loblolly House in Taylors Island, Md., designed by Kieran Timberlake, showcases the real-world application of modern industrial supply chain principles that were at the heart of Stephen Kieran's and James Timberlake's book, Refabricating Architecture. Photo courtesy Kieran Timberlake

February 23, 2015 | David Wallance, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Can innovative project delivery methods, namely modular construction, bring down costs and offer...

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Modular Space Showcase: Sales center brings curb appeal
| February 23, 2015 |

The Welcome Center received rave reviews from the customer as well as community residents and pot...

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When lava flow in Hawaii threatens a public school district, officials turn to modular

In November, the Keonepoko Elementary School at Keaau opened its doors to 430 students in grades kindergarten through fifth-grade, providing educational facilities for a community displaced by a natural disaster.

| February 17, 2015 |

Hawaii Modular Space, a Williams Scotsman company, designed temporary classroom space for the Pah...

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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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Williams Scotsman provided 119,864 sf of space on time and on budget for the Firebag In-Situ Sands Project Camp in Alberta, Canada.

| February 02, 2015 |

If you work in the energy sector you’ve heard of Alberta’s oil sands. Located in Western Canada,...

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Want greater energy savings? The answer is on your roof

A recent study compared the possible energy savings of metal vs. asphalt roofs by doing field testing on an asphalt shingle roof and a stone-coated metal shake roof.

| January 30, 2015 |

A recent study finds that metal roofs can cut energy costs.

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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