Modular Building Institute

Veteran's Administration Medical Office Building

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Mark Line Industries, Inc.
Modular Management Group, Inc.
Ann Arbor, MI
Building Use:
Medical Office Building
Gross Size of Project:
18500 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    As a design-build solicitation, Mark Line and MMG, Inc. pooled their in-house architectural resources in close collaboration with the V.A.’s internal design team to arrive at a workable and aesthetically compelling solution. The project original specified a pair of two-story buildings, however, the design team opted to better utilize the limited space available at the site and consolidate the program into a single three story design. This allowed the V.A. to retain additional parking and infrastructure. As the building is sited on a campus, the challenge was to create an aesthetic that was contextually appropriate to its surroundings. Additionally, a façade was selected that could be prepped for off-site, then quickly applied in the field with rigorous durability for the high-traffic facility. Thus, the architectural impact of the facility was dually important, as both an individual facility and as part of the campus whole.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    Technical innovation was driven by the compressed schedule required by the client, selection and detailing of systems which could be installed off-site. As the project is located on a functional and high-traffic healthcare campus, available space at the site was limited, and disruptions to ongoing operations at the facility needed to minimal. The accelerated schedule delivered by MMG and Mark Line involved construction beginning in March in Ann Arbor. The team designed the building allowing maximum completion to be attained off-site, but units could be securely packaged and protected from weather until completely installed. To meet sustainability goals and reduce waste, the team developed a temporary method of waterproofing that did not require the use of sacrificial membrane roofing on intermediate floors. The custom wrapping and lifting system allowed units to be erected without exposing them to the elements.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    As with most federal projects, the overall hard cost of the building was a significant input in the design process. The other approach to cost-effectiveness was accomplished via the contract vehicle. The V.A. needed to lease the facility via an operating lease, so this was incorporated into the design and execution strategy. The requirement requires a balance between good design and the ability to potentially de-construct and relocate the facility at some point in the future as needs and demographics change. Our intent was to create a new paradigm in the appearance and functionality of a building designed and engineered for manufacturing, assembly, and potential relocation. The lifting methodology was custom engineered, fabricated, and is integral to the building and the aesthetic grid of the façade was also laid out to allow for de-construction and (relatively) simple and cost-effective de-construction and relocation.
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