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NRB Inc. earns five Awards of Distinction for Building Excellence from the Modular Building Institute

NRB Inc. won five Awards of Distinction during the Modular Building Institute’s annual conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 31st. Awards were given for the Millmont School project, Walpole Island project and NRB’s web site. Every year the Modular Building Institute hosts an Awards program that recognizes the best projects in commercial modular building design and construction. The projects are scored in four categories: architectural excellence, technical innovation, cost effectiveness/energy efficiency, and calendar days to complete.

The Millmont School in Reading, Pennsylvania, won three awards: first place in the category of Permanent Education Building over 10,000 square feet; ‘Best of Show’ as chosen by convention attendees; and ‘Judges Choice,’ a new category this year, which is awarded to the building project with the highest number of cumulative points awarded by the judges.

Completed in just 12 months, Millmont is a two story school building set over an underground parking garage, integrating 60,000 square feet of permanent modular construction for classrooms, offices and media centers, with 38,000 square feet of conventional site built construction that houses the gym, cafeteria and mechanical spaces. The brick and concrete facade resembles a 1950s school befitting the era of that neighbourhood, and includes the original gargoyles salvaged from the old school.

“We are very proud of Millmont and feel it was a great success,” said Richard Quinn of Gilbert Architects. “I admit I was skeptical about the use of modular construction at first, but working on this project with the NRB team has made me a believer,” he added.

The 60,000 square foot building was built at NRB’s Ephrata, Pennsylvania plant, and transported to Reading in sections, using steel and concrete modular construction technology. “This project delivery method has the modular construction and site construction working together concurrently on and off the site. That helps reduce on site disruption and shortens the schedule, allowing the school to open sooner” said Don Engle, General Manager of NRB’s Ephrata Plant.

Walpole Island (Constable’s Office & Detention Area), in Walpole, Ontario won first place for permanent institutional construction under 5,000 square feet. Completed in just over four months, the Walpole Island Police Building was the result of a combined Federal and Provincial Government initiative to fulfill a longstanding commitment to provide the people of Walpole Island First Nation with a new, permanent police services building. At 4,940 square feet, this was a turnkey project where the building was transported to site in prefabricated sections about 85 per cent finished, so the time to complete and site disruption were kept to a minimum. The building is finished in architectural stone to blend in with the community.

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