Modular Building Institute

Barrie School

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Modular Genius, Inc.
Mobile Modular Express
Silver Spring, MD
Building Use:
Research Learning Lab & Studio
Gross Size of Project:
7200 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    The Barrie School wanted to provide their students and teachers with a beautiful new space to work, study and interact in new and different ways. Tall ceilings, movable walls and plenty of windows were required. Modular Genius and its affiliates produced a LEED-qualified Design Build modular campus on a highly accelerated time schedule. The two green buildings are 7,200 nsf and connected with decking to create a changeable and adaptable environment both indoors and out. Referred to as studios, this adaptable environment easily converts into large group learning spaces, multiple small group collaboration areas and a large town hall lecture room. This is supported by flexible furniture, moveable wall panels that provide smart board use and support acoustic control, ideally located exterior windows that provide optimal interior layout and meaningful student views. All of this has the use of technology so integrated into the environment that it’s invisible.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    The new learning studios were designed to incorporate new and innovative green sustainable components highly recognized by the US Green Building Council. In short, this facility embraces nearly every definition of environmental stewardship, energy efficiency, increased Eco-awareness and healthy interiors. This was an opportunity for Barrie School to redesign and replace some of their existing dilapidated buildings that had served the Middle-Upper School for decades. The design was significant because it maximized the use of the existing building footprints and minimized ground disturbance, enabling the school to obtain zoning and permit approval for the buildings through an accelerated alternate path and quickly erect the buildings using modular construction methods that maximized off-site construction, so students and teachers could move into the new buildings as seamlessly as possible.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    Built from many reclaimed materials, 20% of the building materials contain recycled post consumer products, 2.5% of the project cost will utilizes rapidly renewable materials and 50% of the project cost will use FSC Certified Wood. Further promoting healthy interior learning spaces, all interior paints and adhesives are non-toxic. With a shared awareness of energy use and comfort, energy and water efficiency are planned to reach extraordinary levels. This is partially achieved through cool roof technology, occupancy sensors, energy efficient lighting and a user centered system, but is firmly reinforced through unwavering systems that manage waste water, utilizing rainwater cisterns to support moderate irrigation while supplementing non-potable water use. All of this is clearly tracked on the main dash board just inside the entry.
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