Modular Building Institute

November 1, 2014
Contact: Liz Burnett, 434-296-3288

NY’s Urban Post Disaster Housing Prototype Named MBI’s November Building of the Month

Mark Line Industries was hired as part of a project for the New York City Office of Emergency Management to manufacture a modular post-disaster housing prototype for displaced city residents in the event of a catastrophic natural or manmade disaster. These multi-story, multi-family units can be deployed in less than 15 hours, in various arrangements, and calibrated for challenging urban conditions.  

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The Modular Building Institute is pleased to announce Mark Line Industries’ Urban Interim Housing Prototype as Building of the Month for November 2014.  Manufactured by Mark Line and built for the New York Office of Emergency Management, these units were designed to facilitate a “shelter-in-place” response in the wake of a disaster that would make homes in densely populated areas uninhabitable. 

In the two years since Superstorm Sandy devastated the Northeast, the need has been recognized for greater disaster preparedness in urban areas. Five interim housing prototype modules were fabricated in Indiana by Mark Line Industries and then trucked to NYC and installed onsite at the corner of Cadman Plaza East and Red Cross Place using a crane. These prototypes will remain here for one to two years undergoing occupancy tests by New York’s Office of Emergency Management staff and students.

MBI Executive Director Tom Hardiman said, “We are also pleased to recognize a project that will help get victims of urban disasters back on their feet quickly. This prototype exemplifies why we feel that modular construction is the preferred method for building high quality, high efficiency structures in a reduced timeframe.”

The one- to three-bedroom modules are designed to be deployed quickly in vacant lots, private yards, or public spaces in a flexible arrangement to suit the area available. The assembled modules can be plugged into existing city utilities but are also capable of being equipped with photovoltaic arrays to harvest solar power. They were designed with to strictest zoning requirements in the US, which means they can be used in any state with a need for disaster relief housing.

Photos courtesy of Archphoto.

View more information about the Urban Post Disaster Housing Prototype project on Mark Line’s website.

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