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Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

Entry # 376409


Category: Permanent Special Application Over 10,000 sqft
Company: Modular Elevator Manufacturing
Location: Sylmar, CA UnitedStates
Gross Size of Project: Square Feet
Days to Complete: 157

Architectural Excellence

The project is actually two unique types of facilities in one at the UCLA Olive View Medical Center. The Restorative Care Village features several buildings and services that provide enhanced mental health services & support. The second a Recuperative Care Center for short-term residential care. As a result, the architects made sure that the entire project including the elevators were welcoming, yet secure and safe. This was a 6 elevator/12 modular unit build for Modular Elevator Manufacturing with 6 fully functioning modular elevators delivered and an equal amount of machine rooms. Five of the units were placed on the exterior walls of the modular project. The sixth was designed to fit in the middle of the building and be surrounded by modules. As this was a modular building project in totality the architecture was uniquely adjusted to allow placement of the elevator units.

Technical Innovation & Sustainability

With six elevators going into a building project in a short time there are always challenges. The modular elevators in this case did not interrupt the compressed building schedule by improving manufacturing processes and timing in house. This allowed for the elevator units to be ready for the set as needed by the delivery schedule and the construction crew onsite. This meant that there was no additional congestion during the build or slowdown in setting units. In most builds with multiple elevators the installation process slows and interrupts other trades onsite.
Also, the Modular Elevator Manufacturing (MEM) team structurally allowed for a more hands on approach with manufacturing, scheduling and design by having a project manager that oversaw the entirety of the project on the MEM side. That improvement allowed for a smooth build and even hastened the startup process. The customer was also impressed with our efficient use of resources and lack of waste.

Cost Effectiveness

It is difficult to quantify savings, however Clay Hubble - Project Superintendent for Abbott Construction put a fine point on the savings. He indicated that, “The MEM elevator allowed us to move up the whole process. Everyone can be pushed forward in sequence. Normally the elevator slows everything down. You have framers, rock and tape crews, floor prep, flooring, painters, electricians, sprinklers. They usually come out and work to the elevator openings on each floor. Then they have to stop. With the fully installed modular elevator, all those crews complete their work in sequence. They make one trip out and no call back because the elevator’s openings came finished with door frames already installed. The results, we estimate that saved us $30,000 to $40,000 per opening.” He went on the say, "You have a similar savings on the exterior. Framers, coping metal, parapet work was all done in sequence with no call backs. With 12 openings the savings were tremendous."
 

Training Facility

Entry # 378343


Category: Permanent Office Under 10,000 sqft
Company: VESTA Modular
Location: Emerado, ND UnitedStates
Gross Size of Project: 5160 Square Feet
Days to Complete: 294

Architectural Excellence

Confidential Customer, a leading manufacturer of aircraft systems for US and allied military forces around the world, recently launched a new project. They had an immediate need for a fast track, mission critical, world-class training facility for use in training a new client. VESTA partnered with Ramtech Building Systems to meet both the budget and the customer’s schedule requirements. Full turnkey construction of a 5,160 SF, 7-module building adjoining a military base in North Dakota began soon after the harsh 2022 winter and was completed in 9 weeks. It includes (12) private offices, large conference and break rooms, multi-fixture restrooms, storage, custodial and IT Closets, and 3 entry vestibules that protect occupants against harsh weather. High ribbed steel exterior siding matches surrounding buildings for a seamless building addition.   

Technical Innovation & Sustainability

During the months from January to March, North Dakota weather averages highs of 15º to 21ºF with sub-zero lows. Substantial reductions in utility costs have been achieved using high efficiency, gas-fired HVAC units with electric cooling and electronic, programmable thermostats. Further energy management gains have been the result of using 3 phase primary electrical and flat panel LED lighting fixtures. The perimeter skirting was fully insulated with R-10.4 closed cell urethane. Roofing materials have also been upgraded to 60 ml EPDM. Due to the sensitive nature of the training provided to clients in the large, 30-person Conference Room, the customer required the installation of state-of-the-art IT, video, and security systems. The new modular structure is the first, next generation product training facility of its kind and has established a design basis, timeline and fit and finish precedent for future training centers that will be provided overseas.  

Cost Effectiveness

The customer’s goals for the project included 15% cost savings, and 75% less design and construction time when compared to the use of conventional construction methods. Great care was taken in the design and fabrication phases and in the selection of durable, value-based, architectural grade finishes that will meet project cost goals and reduce the cost of ownership and annual operating expenses. Exterior finishes include maintenance-free steel siding, galvannealed steel doors and aluminum deck and ramps. Break Room finishes feature custom cabinets and Daltile “One Source” quartz countertops and Shaw 20 ml LVT plank flooring. Restroom flooring is Armstrong Medintech heat welded sheet vinyl. Office, conference, and corridor areas feature Shaw vestibule quality and commercial carpet tiles with non-flow through backing.  Solid core interior doors include high quality, plain sliced maple surfaces and Allegion Grade 1 hardware. Mission accomplished! 
 

Carter Credit Union

Entry # 379310


Category: Permanent Special Application Under 10,000 sqft
Company: Black Diamond Group
Location: Coushatta, LA UnitedStates
Gross Size of Project: 1910 Square Feet
Days to Complete: 350

Architectural Excellence

MPA Systems / BOXX Modular worked closely with the client to develop a floor plan that was as small as possible while still providing all the functional space needed to effectively operate a credit union facility. The interior and exterior finishes were performed on site to maintain appearances typical of a commercial credit union. Store front interior and exterior assemblies were installed to add to the dramatic exterior aesthetics. A site constructed vestibule structure with accent roofing was constructed to add to the architectural appeal of the building and to further increase its look of permanence. MPA Systems / BOXX Modular also used existing grades with reshaped grades to provide the grade level main entry into the building.

Technical Innovation & Sustainability

MPA Systems / BOXX Modular worked with ProMod to carefully coordinate where factory-built construction met site construction. A considerable structural beam was designed to provide the generous spans needed for the installation of the exterior storefront wall assemblies.

Cost Effectiveness

MPA Systems / BOXX Modular worked closely with the installation contractor to ensure placement of the modules onto the foundation could be performed without the use of a crane, thus saving tens of thousands of dollars. Additional cost savings were realized by MPA Systems / BOXX Modular’s use of its design-build approach. The entire project development process afforded reduced cost compared to the more common three-step Architectural Design, Bid and Build process. With effective and timely coordination of all projects disciplines the project was completed faster than other methods, which allowed the client to begin seeing customers and realizing revenues sooner.
 

Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, Braden Airpark

Entry # 379324


Category: Permanent Office Under 10,000 sqft
Company: Black Diamond Group
Location: Easton, PA UnitedStates
Gross Size of Project: 2304 Square Feet
Days to Complete: 101

Architectural Excellence

The Braden Airpark Office is a 2,304 sq. ft. office comprised of (3) 12’x64’ modular units, for housing the local Airport Authority Staff and providing a screening/briefing area for the local pilots. The building is located just adjacent to the Braden Airpark Runway. The floor plan consists of a secured entryway, staff office area, security screening, pilot break room, and rest rooms. Interior design included taped/spackled/painted interior partitions, acoustical ceiling, commercial carpet tile, welded seam vinyl flooring, large glass window viewing areas, commercial glass entry doors, gas fired central air, motion sensor lighting. The exterior design included hardi panel lap siding, shingled mansard, concrete handicapped ramp, Trex front and rear porch, stone clad skirting, motion sensor security lighting.

Technical Innovation & Sustainability

The project consisted of extensive site work to include grading, excavation, asphalt paving, concrete walkways, new electrical service, new water/sewer service, sewage pumping station renovation, storm water management, natural gas service. While the extensive site work was being performed, the modular unit was being manufactured, saving the project significant time. In addition, the building met current Energy Code requirements including, motion sensor lighting, energy efficient central air/heating, energy efficient hot water generation.

Cost Effectiveness

Per contract requirements, the site work was performed under Prevailing Wage rates. By providing a pre-fabricated modular building, the total cost of the project was reduced by up to 25% as the modular building was fabricated at standard wage rates.