Modular Building Institute

August 23, 2006
Contact: Tom Hardiman
Modular Building Institute
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Modular Building Institute Opens Annual Awards Contest to College and University Students
New green building design category awards scholarship


Charlottesville, VA – Each year the Modular Building Institute (MBI) sponsors its prestigious Awards of Distinction contest. As the only industry contest of its kind, MBI’s Awards of Distinction reviews commercial modular building entries submitted by MBI member companies. Entries are judged in the areas of architectural excellence, technical innovation, efficiency and length of project. For 2007, a green building design category has been added that gives MBI members and college or university students the opportunity for world-class recognition. For students, the winner will also receive a scholarship of $2500 towards higher education.

Green building design entries must be portable classrooms, may be actual or conceptual buildings, and should show considerable improvement over typical portable classrooms in certain contest-defined "green" areas, including overall building construction, indoor air quality, daylighting, and acoustics, among others. Students who enter must be in architecture/engineering programs at four-year colleges and universities. Each entry will be reviewed by an impartial panel of industry and non-industry construction and code experts, architects and engineers, and marketing professionals. Complete contest details are available from Entry deadline is October 31, 2006, 5 p.m. EST and awards will be presented in March 2007 during the MBI Annual Convention & Tradeshow being held in Carlsbad, California.

“Many of our members are moving into the world of sustainable design,” said Tom Hardiman, executive director of MBI. “We thought it appropriate to reflect market demand in our most competitive event of each year, the Awards of Distinction. What better way to introduce the value of modular design for sustainability than by allowing future architects to share their green building designs with the industry.”

About MBI

Founded in 1983, the Modular Building Institute is an international nonprofit trade association representing commercial modular building manufacturers and distributors with membership in over 850 locations and 15 countries including the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, and the United Kingdom. Members serve seven primary markets: general office, education, retail, healthcare, government, security, and construction-site. For more information, visit




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