Modular Building Institute

Univ. of Wash. Dining Pavilion

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Blazer Industries, Inc.
Seattle, WA
Building Use:
Dining Pavilion
Gross Size of Project:
1440 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    ModSpace was enlisted to build a centrally-located temporary building for students to eat and study while the University of Washington’s Husky Union Building was being renovated. The building had to complement the surrounding campus architecture and fit the university’s tight budget. Originally, the university requested a temporary double- or triple-wide modular building, but it would not blend in with existing structures. ModSpace worked with a local design firm to create a functional and attractive space that fit well within the architecture of the campus while being light and airy. Large windows, modern paneling and a striking orange exterior added to the feel of the temporary structure.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    To minimize campus disruption, the building was craned into place over a weekend. Before the crane could place the new building, engineers had to design a foundation that would leave no mark on the campus once it was removed. Initial engineering schematics required the foundation to employ several large concrete footings in places along the building perimeter. This would require extra work cost, and time, and would have left indelible scars on the campus. ModSpace worked with project engineers to develop a suitable foundation that used above-grade footings which eliminated the need for large concrete footings. This new approach limited surface penetrations to the required hold downs which will be easily repaired after the building is removed. The building was designed and delivered in just 43 days. 90 percent of the construction was completed offsite, ensuring minimal disruption to students on the busy campus.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    The modular Food Services Pavilion was a more affordable temporary solution versus a permanent structure that would be used only a short time. Further savings were realized with the revised foundation. By challenging the original plans for the foundation and going with the above-grade footings, ModSpace saved the university significant financial investment on this union project. Alternately, if the university had opted for the original foundation, the project would have required help from several additional trades including laborers, iron workers, operators and carpenters. The quick execution of the project also allowed the university to keep students on campus instead of forcing them to go off campus for meals. The addition of the pavilion freed up university resources to focus on their primary tasks of the education of students and the main HUB renovation.
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