Modular Building Institute

Statue of Liberty National Monument Swing Space

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Modular Genius, Inc.
Specialized Structures, Inc.
Liberty Island, NY
Building Use:
Renovation Swing Space
Gross Size of Project:
1920 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    The application for this project was to create a restroom/locker room, break area and maintenance office for the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) staff; to support its renovation projects located on Liberty Island, NY. The project design was required to use low length units to be transported to the island via barge and then be offloaded by way of beach ramp. There were two modular structures, with the first being (6) 10’x24’ units and the second being (2) 10’x24’ units. Each unit was precisely sized to meet the barge and offloading shipping requirements. All the buildings were designed and constructed to function as both detached units and as interconnected modular units with shared walls; to give NPS the flexibility to relocate and/or reconfigure the buildings on site to meet different phases of their renovation project. Additionally the modular structures were constructed using materials to blend the units into the existing island surroundings and existing structures.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    The offsite construction techniques used for this project captured many of the typical modular construction types, but were modified to be successful in an abusive island environment. As a result of the modular building being located at a mid-river island in a very exposed location, the building had to be capable of withstanding considerable environmental factors, such as high wind loads (150MPH), storm surges, and frequent violent storms. With the environmental forces being great, the challenge to overcome for this project was that below grade footers were not allowed due to site conditions. Therefore, creative foundation techniques were employed to secure the building to a very inhospitable site. Some such techniques, were using specialty ground anchoring, decreased pier spacing, increased mate-line connections and wind resistant/heated skirting that was tied into perimeter piers.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    Utilizing modular construction, the customer was able to save considerably on the overall project costs as a result of lower labor and logistics costs. The cost of conventional construction would have been drastically higher, due to the logistics required to build conventional construction on a very inaccessible island. Conventional construction on the island would have required the use of daily barges to bring materials, workers and equipment to and from the site. The conventional construction logistics cost compounded and spread across all building trades would have created an increased total project cost that would have kept the project from moving forward. Employing modular construction and taking advantage of its concurrent construction process allowed the project to be constructed in a much faster timeframe (one week to install on site), thus reducing considerable labor hours at a federal scale wage rates.
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