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October 16, 2009
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Architecture for Humanity Announces Re-locatable Classroom Design Winner for 2009 Open Architecture Challenge - Perkins+Will and Druid Hills High School

Modular Building Institute is a Sponsor for the Competition

Charlottesville, VA - The Modular Building Institute (MBI) recently sponsored the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge design competition hosted by Architecture for Humanity, the non-profit group established to "build a more sustainable future through the power of professional design.” The competition was divided into three categories: urban classroom upgrade, rural classroom addition, and the MBI-sponsored category re-locatable classroom design.

The winner of the re-locatable category, selected from over 50 entries is Druid Hills High School in Georgia for their PeaPoD project designed by Perkins+Will. MBI, through its Foundation, will award $5,000 to help facilitate the building of the design project.

"We are proud to have worked with Architecture for Humanity on this worthwhile project, and hope to help move schools and our industry forward towards higher performing classrooms," said Tom Hardiman, Executive Director of the Modular Building Institute.

The primary function of re-locatable classrooms is to provide additional educational spaces to existing school facilities, most often on a temporary basis.

Photo captions: PeaPoD renderings, created by Perkins+Will

About Re-Locatable Classroom
The re-locatable classroom implements cost-conscious building materials to create a learning environment which can be adapted to any environment. The re-locatable classroom offers students and teachers:

• Sustainability Learning Environment: Operates with significantly lower utility costs due to sustainable design features such as sun shades, integrated rainwater collection, photovoltaic roof panels, use of sustainable materials, generous daylighting, operable windows and natural ventilation.
• Flexibility in the Design, Usage and Teaching Styles: The interiors are comprised of walls which slide to reveal breakout learning space, storage, glazing or teaching surfaces. Each side of the re-locatable classroom serves a different purpose, whether it is a wet wall with bathroom facilities, a glass wall which opens to provide access to an exterior classroom space or a deep wall that provides ample storage.
• Healthy Learning Environment: Unlike typical school trailers, this classroom was designed with children’s health and various learning styles in mind. This classroom’s environment is adaptive and is equipped to meet all of the needs of the students.

About 2009 Open Architecture Challenge
The 2009 Open Architecture Challenge was hosted by Architecture for Humanity. This global initiative invited the architecture, design and engineering community to collaborate directly with students and teachers to rethink the classroom of the future. Designers entering the competition were given a simple mandate: collaborate with real students in real schools in their community to develop real solutions. More than 1,000 design teams from 65 countries registered for the competition. The winning design was selected from more than 400 qualified entries by a team of interdisciplinary online jurors. Each design was rated on feasibility, sustainability and innovation in learning. For more information, please visit:

About Perkins+Will
Established in 1935, Perkins+Will ( is an integrated design firm serving clients from offices in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Dubai, Hartford, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Research Triangle Park, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, Vancouver, and Washington, DC. With more LEED® Accredited Professionals than any firm in North America, Perkins+Will is recognized as the preeminent sustainable design firm in the country. The firm practices architecture, interiors, branded environments, planning + strategies and urban design with clients in aviation, corporate + commercial + civic, healthcare, higher education, K-12 education, and science + technology markets. Perkins+Will routinely ranks among the world’s top design firms and has received hundreds of awards, including the prestigious American Institute of Architects’ “Firm of the Year Award.”

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


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