Modular Building Institute

March 15, 2010
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Modular Building Institute's 2010 Awards of Distinction Contest Honors the Best Modular Buildings in the Industry

Best of Show, Judges' Choice, Outstanding Achievement, Hall of Fame, AIAS Student Design Competition Winners Announced


Charlottesville, VA - Every year the Modular Building Institute (MBI) sponsors its prestigious Awards of Distinction contest, presented at World of Modular, its annual convention & tradeshow. 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. This year’s contest garnered 110 unique entries with modular buildings as diverse as a 70,000 sq. ft. Olympic athletes’ village to a 57,600 sq. ft. high school. The highlight of the contest is the Best of Show category, where awards are conferred by industry peers for what they collectively recognize as the best modular structures in the business.

For this year's contest, MBI member companies competed in the following categories: Permanent Modular, Temporary Modular, Renovated Reuse, Marketing Pieces, Green Building Designs, and Student Green Building.

Best of Show
honors were awarded for five categories:

Britco Structures for Whistler, BC Olympic Athletes’ Village
Temporary:  Modular Genius, Inc. and Mobile/Modular Express for Festevents at Town Point Park in Norfolk, VA
Green Building Design:  Williams Scotsman for High Tech High in Chula Vista, CA
Renovated Reuse:  Pac-Van for Pirate’s Cove Restaurant & Bar in Needles, CA
Marketing:  M Space Holdings, LLC for Emergency Response flyer

The Judges’ Choice Award, given to the highest scoring entry, went to Innovative Modular Solutions, Inc. and Whitley Manufacturing Co. for their Old Redford Middle School project in Detroit, MI. 
“As an industry we are committed to setting a standard for excellence in commercial modular construction through our Awards of Distinction program,” said Tom Hardiman, executive director of MBI. "Due to the reputable lineup of judges picked for this year’s contest, this year was probably one of the most competitive competitions the industry has had, and has raised the bar for future contests.”
This year’s judges for the contest included:
Robert Cassidy, Editor-in-Chief
Building Design + Construction
REED Construction Media
John Quale, LEED AP
Assistant Professor & ecoMOD Project Director
School of Architecture, University of Virginia
Jim Jones, PhD, Associate Professor
School of Architecture & Design
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Mohamed Al-Hussein, PhD, PE
Associate Professor
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Hole School of Construction
University of Alberta Edmonton, AB, Canada
Robert Kobet, AIA, LEED Faculty
Sustainaissance International
Ralph Tavares, PE
R & S Tavares Associates
Silvana Tavares, AIA
R & S Tavares Associates
Lorenz Schoff, PE
Energy Efficient Solutions
MBI also gives an Outstanding Achievement Award annually to an individual in honor of their special contribution and service to the commercial modular construction industry, as well as Hall of Fame Awards, to recognize the contributions of those whose careers are dedicated to the industry. The winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award was Michael Mount of Sunbelt Modular. Hall of Fame Awards were given to Michael Slataper of Ramtech Building Systems, Inc. and Joseph Donegan of Williams Scotsman.

This year, MBI also sponsored a student green building design competition as part of the Awards of Distinction contest, administered by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). The program challenged students to learn about modular building techniques and systems in the design of a modern and sustainable Miami Beach hotel. The first place winner of the competition was the Modular Shipping Container Project 2 by Dion J. Dekker of Cal Poly State University.

Find a full list of Awards of Distinction winners 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




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