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The MBI Modular Construction Educational Foundations

The mission of the foundations is to expand opportunities, increase awareness, and foster growth in the commercial modular construction industry by providing scholarships for college and high school students and developing partnerships and alliances with complimentary organizations.

Geary Pacific Supply
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MBI Educational Foundation


MBI Family-Member Scholarships

Kelly Williams
Impact Housing Group LLC

Mike Rhodes
Secretary/Treasurer (Retired)
Silver Creek Industries

Brad Gudeman
Modular Genius, Inc.

Ralph Tavares
R&S Tavares Associates

Steven Williams
Executive Director

Kathy Wilmot
Vice Chair
Wilmot Modular Structures

Kent Anderson
WESCO Distribution, Inc.

Maury Tiernan
Geary Pacific Corporation

Mike Bollero, Sr.
Aries Building Systems LLC

Each year, the foundations provides $5,000 in educational building construction scholarships to employees of MBI member companies or to the employee spouses, children, or grandchildren of employees. The MBI Foundation provides one $2,500 scholarship and the Canadian Foundation provides one $2,500 scholarship. Applicants apply directly to the foundations and must be enrolled or enrolling in a two- or four-year institution.

Patrick Geary HVAC Scholarship

The MBI Foundation is pleased to introduce new two-, three-, or four-year construction scholarships for mechanical engineering students that demonstrate a continued understanding of how heating and air conditioning products and services and commercial modular construction affect one another.

Scholarships to Attend World of Modular

The Foundation currently pays for four students to attend WOM, including hotel and registration fees. Students are responsible for their own travel expenses, since many cost-conscious options are already available. Each student receives up to $1500 in support, based on hotel and registration fees at the time of the event. WOM is typically held in March or April in convention cities like Las Vegas, Orlando, San Diego, and San Antonio.

MBI Canadian Foundation

Ted Redmond
Black Diamond Group

Steven Williams
Executive Director

Joe Kiss
ROC Modular Inc.

About Commercial Modular Construction

Modular construction is a process where a building is constructed in "modules" offsite under controlled factory conditions using the same materials and designed to the same codes and standards as conventionally-built buildings, but in about half the time. Structurally, modular buildings are generally stronger than conventional construction because each module is engineered to independently withstand the rigors of transportation and craning onto foundations.

Once together and sealed, the modules become one integrated wall, floor, and roof assembly. Building offsite ensures better construction quality management too. Materials that are delivered to the factory are safely and securely stored in a warehouse to prevent damage from moisture and elements.

Beyond quality control and improved completion time, modular construction offers numerous other benefits. Removing approximately 80% of the building construction activity from the site location significantly reduces site disruption, vehicular traffic to and from the site, and improves overall safety and security.