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Modular building maker wins design awards

Plant built dwellings reduce environmental footprint.


April 26, 2012
by PLANT STAFF

GRIMSBY, Ont.: NRB Inc. has earned two awards for excellence in marketing and building design at the MBI World of Modular, Awards of Distinction in Orlando, FL., taking first place for revamping an elementary school in Pennsylvania, and for the marketing piece “No Limits…Only Possibilities.”

The Modular Building Institute (MBI) recognizes the best projects in commercial modular building design and construction annually. This year’s contest garnered 147 unique entries, a 40% increase in nominees over the last year.

NRB’s West Reading Elementary Center in West Reading, Pa., earned first place in the Permanent Modular, Education under 5,000 square-feet category.

Modular buildings are sectional, prefabricated buildings or houses built in a plant, which are then delivered to a development site. The buildings are typically built on assembly lines.

NRB’s modular dwelling projects include schools, retail stores, commercial buildings and dormitories.

Completed in less than eight months, the 4,795 square-foot West Reading Elementary Center included the interior renovation of an existing 50 year-old facility and a two-story addition. The renovations and foundations were completed while the addition was constructed at the NRB plant to save time and keep the project on budget.

The addition was designed to match the existing school with the exterior finished in face brick and architectural aluminum panels to match the school’s signage. Throughout the project, energy and resource conservation methods were applied, including low flow plumbing fixtures, energy saving ballasts, high efficiency HVAC, and related equipment.

NRB says modular building cuts completion time because a site can be developed as the modular building is constructed at the company’s plant. The process also eliminates lost time due to bad weather and damaged product.

The Grimsby, Ont.-based company founded in 1979 says it can ship a building that’s 95% complete. The buildings are also completely re-usable and can be disassembled and relocated, reducing their envionrmental impact.

The DVD “No Limits…Only Possibilities” won first place in the category: Marketing Piece, Multimedia. The DVD was meant to transform market perceptions that place boundaries around modular construction and limit company growth potential.