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Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Blog |

Modular Steals The Scene

Modular Steals The Scene

When an architect creates a house for another designer, expect a certain level of obsessive compulsiveness. When building a prefab getaway for client BJ Siegel, architect Geoffrey Warner had to make sure that everything was just so: the floor boards are laid exactly on center with the steel columns, and the sliding doors glide on tracks flush with the ceiling. “BJ is a liner-upper,” Warner says with a laugh. Siegel, a fellow architect, was an exacting client. So when BJ contemplated building a small retreat for himself, wife Danielle, and teenage son Jules, he immediately thought of going prefab. “It’s the way to get the best quality control, and the best price in the end,” BJ says. The remote location of the Northern California site also added to prefab’s appeal, since BJ would have been hard-pressed to visit continually during construction. Like other San Francisco residents, the Siegels had been heading north for years to escape the foggy summers, renting places throughout Sonoma and Napa counties. When they started...

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Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Blog |

Prefab Construction Used to Build Cancer Treatment Facility

AVENTURA, Fla., Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — RAD Technology Medical Systems (RAD) is adding two new patents to its portfolio of modular building technologies for cancer treatment facilities.  RAD has received patent approvals for their Temporary Radiotherapy Vault (TRV) from both the Japanese Patent Office and the European Patent Office.  These new patents protect the specialized means and methods that RAD uses to construct high energy radiation vaults. RAD was issued two similar patents by the United States Patent Office last year. “As the demand for radiotherapy continues to grow worldwide, RAD is pleased to be able to bring their patented technology to help cancer patients in Europe and Japan,” states RAD’s President, John Lefkus.  “Hospitals and cancer clinics constantly need to upgrade equipment in order to take full advantage of the latest developments in cancer therapy and provide the best available form of treatment.  Our TRV provides a treatment machine in a temporary facility which enables organizations to continue treating patients while modernizing their program with no interruption to...

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Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Blog |

Off The Grid Prefab Retreat

Off The Grid Prefab Retreat

Those yearning to unplug from urban life will love the Premaydena House, a stunning off-grid prefab set in the wilds of Tasmania. Eco-conscious architect Misho Vasiljevich of Misho+Associates designed this stunning 818-square-foot prefab retreat that boasts Japanese-inspired elegance and the necessary ruggedness to stand up to the untamed landscape. Built as ‘a box within a box,’ this sturdy self-sustaining home is a powerhouse for sustainable technologies, from its 100% recyclable low-impact steel frame to its 5Kw PV solar system. Located southeast of Hobart on a 19-acre north-facing site, the Premaydena House modular retreat is protected from the strong winds from the Great Southern Ocean by a dense eucalyptus forest to the south but is left exposed to cold and salty northeasterly winds. To protect the home against the harsh winds, Vasiljevich enclosed the home in a ‘box inside a box’ system, in which red and orange galvanized metal panels shield an inner verandah and the internal modular units enclosed in wood. The sliding panels and division of space are...

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Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Blog, Featured |

Toyota Positioned to Enter U.S. Prefab Market

Toyota Positioned to Enter U.S. Prefab Market

If you’re feeling self-conscious that your new Toyota Camry doesn’t quite match your living situation, then it’s OK. Now you can have a generic beige house to match your generic beige sedan! Toyota has been in the business of mass-producing modular homes for almost forty years. It’s not exactly a secret; there was apparently a big media blitz to announce newer manufacturing initiatives back in 2006. But they’re only doing it in Japan, and it’s not nearly as well-advertised as the 2014 Corolla. Call it Toyota’s vision of what Sears did in the early half of the 20th century. In the late 1990s (you know, when the Prius made its debut), Toyota began looking at more environment-conscious manufacturing choices. Toyota began operating on three major principles that ensured future housing production would be green-friendly. First, they would develop and use products that would meet environmental safety guidelines. Houses would be built with materials and technology that would reduce carbon dioxide emissions, use materials with smaller concentrations of formaldehyde and...

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Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Blog, In The News |

Hilton Hotels Build Modular Hotel in Africa

Hilton Hotels Build Modular Hotel in Africa

KIGALI, RWANDA— Hilton Worldwide named new properties and extensions in three African countries at this year’s African Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF). It continues its commitment to expansion across the continent as it seeks to double its footprint from its existing 39 hotels to more than 80 hotels in the next 3-5 years, according to the company. Among the new hotels agreed is Africa’s first modular-build hotel, the 280 guestroom Hilton Garden Inn in the Ghanaian capital of Accra, a concept that Hilton first premiered in 2014 through a partnership with CIMC Modular Building Systems. Other deals see the creation of Africa’s tallest hotel in Nairobi and its recently signed Legend Curio at Lagos Airport. Hilton will manage all three properties. Patrick Fitzgibbon, SVP development, EMEA, Hilton Worldwide said, “Having been present in Africa for more than 50 years, we’re proud to have remained at the forefront of pioneering hotel growth on the continent. This year at AHIF, we’re breaking new ground in the region with the announcement of our...

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Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Blog, In The News |

Prototype Released for Modular Classrooms

Prototype Released for Modular Classrooms

Provides standards for indoor air quality, energy efficiency, materials, and waste management. The Collaborative for High Performance School (CHPS) released the 2016 CHPS PreFABTM Criteria and Program. The program provides a streamlined process for pre-approving prefabricated modular classroom models that meet CHPS’s Criteria rating system for healthy, high performance schools. CHPS says that the Gen7 24×40 foot model is the first to successfully complete the new CHPS PreFAB pre-approval process. Classrooms earning this designation meet standards related to indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency, materials, waste management and other sustainable attributes. CHPS PreFAB Pre-Approval is available for individual buildings that include: single or multiple classrooms, one or more stories, permanent construction or re-locatable, have independent HVAC systems, are pre-wired and, if applicable, are pre-plumbed. The CHPS PreFAB program was revised by a subcommittee of the CHPS National Technical Committee. The subcommittee was composed of representatives from manufacturers, schools, and other...

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