Modular Building Institute

April 3, 2012
Contact: Erin Whitt
Modular Building Institute
434-296-3288 x152; E-Mail

Best Commercial Modular Buildings Honored at 2012 Premier Awards Contest for the Industry  

Charlottesville, VA - Every year, the Modular Building Institute (MBI) hosts the industry's premier awards program, the MBI Awards of Distinction Contest, recognizing the best in commercial modular building design and construction.

This year’s contest garnered 147 unique entries, a 40% increase in nominees over last year, with modular buildings as diverse as a refurbished three-story supportive housing facility from a 2010 Winter Olympics Athletes Village, to a 35,620 sq. ft., green relocatable school complex installed in just 60 days.

“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. “This year’s contest was particularly competitive, demonstrating that the faster, greener, smarter benefits of the modular construction process are becoming more widely accepted by owners and developers worldwide."

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

A well-respected and volunteer judging pool was comprised of Robert Cassidy, Editor-in-Chief, Building Design + Construction Magazine; Mohamed Al-Hussein, PhD, PE, Industrial Research Chair, University of Alberta; Dru Meadows, AIA, Principal, theGreenTeam, Inc.; Lorenz Schoff, PE, President, Energy Efficient Solutions; Robert Kobet, AIA, LEED, Faculty, President, Sustainaissance International; David Corson, Publisher, Commercial Construction Magazine; Kelsey Mullen, LEED AP, Director of Residential Business Development, U.S. Green Building Council; and Ryan E. Smith, AIA, Director of the Integrated Technology in Architecture Center, University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning. The judges scored building entries on a number of criteria including architectural excellence, technical innovation, cost effectiveness, energy efficiency, and calendar days to complete, while marketing pieces were judged on strategy, implementation, and quantifiable results.

MBI presents its Awards of Distinction at the closing awards banquet of World of Modular, its annual convention and trade show. The 2012 convention was held March 24-27 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL and featured prominent speakers, educational sessions, entertainment and prizes, and an exhibit hall of suppliers for the commercial modular construction industry.

View the list of Awards of Distinction winners here.

About MBI
The Modular Building Institute (MBI) is the international non-profit trade association serving modular construction. Members include providers of code compliant relocatable buildings, as well as permanent modular construction contractors and suppliers. As the Voice of Commercial Modular Construction (TM), it is MBI’s mission to expand the use of offsite construction through innovative construction practices, outreach and education to the construction community and customers, and recognition of high quality modular designs and facilities. For more information, visit




Pinegrow Bootstrap Blocks