Modular Building Institute



August 4, 2008
Contact: Tom Hardiman
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Modular Building Institute Partners with Piedmont Housing Alliance for Design Competition

Charlottesville, VA - The Modular Building Institute (MBI), the international trade association representing commercial modular construction providers, has announced that it is partnering with another Charlottesville-based non-profit, The Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA), for its third annual student design competition. In the upcoming competition, students from eligible schools of design, architecture, and engineering will design a community center for a senior population called The Meadows, located in Crozet, Virginia at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Parkway. PHA along with Jordan Development Corporation is working to improve The Meadows, which provides low income housing to people ages 62 and older. Utilizing modular construction, the center will incorporate sustainable features in the areas of indoor air quality, daylighting, acoustics, energy efficiency, resource strategy, aesthetics, and economics. Entries will be accepted online through November of this year, with an award announced in March 2009.

Historically, MBI has sponsored an annual Awards of Distinction contest that recognizes modular buildings constructed by MBI member companies. Entries are judged in the areas of architectural excellence, technical innovation, efficiency and length of project. In 2006, a student green building design category was added to the contest. The category was designed to engage university architecture students on green building designs, with the winner receiving a scholarship of $2500 towards higher education. The upcoming competition has been expanded to include an additional $5000 grant for the winner's school and a "real-world" scenario aimed at delivering an actual, sustainable design to deserving community populations.

"We have always recognized the importance of building partnerships to support our mission through leveraged resources," said Stu Armstrong, director of PHA. "We are really excited to work with MBI to make a difference in the lives of seniors living right here in our community."

"This partnership allows MBI to present a project to architecture students that not only raises awareness of the sustainable advantages of modular construction, but also focuses on meeting specific community needs," said Tom Hardiman, MBI executive director. "This joint effort will also draw attention to the invaluable work PHA is doing on behalf of our local community and the elderly population here."

About MBI
Founded in 1983, the Modular Building Institute is the only, international, non-profit trade association serving non-residential modular construction. Our regular membership includes wholesale manufacturers, direct manufacturers, and dealers of commercial modular buildings, while our associate members are companies supplying building components, services, and financing to the industry. It is MBI's mission to grow the industry and its capabilities by encouraging innovation, quality, and professionalism through communication, education, and recognition. MBI also administers an educational foundation. For more information, visit

About Piedmont Housing
Alliance Piedmont Housing Alliance is a regional nonprofit organization that creates housing and community development opportunities for very low to moderate income families and individuals, teaches financial literacy and management, homebuying and homeownership skills, and advocates for affordable housing policies and programs. For more information, visit


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