Modular Building Institute

January 12, 2015
Contact: Liz Burnett, 434-296-3288

The Modular Building Institute Announces January 2015 Building of the Month

Modular Genius' VA hosptial addition.

Modular Building Institutes’ Modular Building of the Month for January is actually a modular addition – MBI member Modular Genius used modular construction to add more than 14,000 square feet of administrative space on to an existing medical center in Washington, DC. 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The Modular Building Institute would like to announce the Building of the Month for January 2015 is Modular Genius’ modular addition to a Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC.  Modular construction was used in this project to fit a tight schedule and an even tighter workspace.

Modular Genius, Inc., Mobile Modular Express, and a veteran-owned contractor completed the two-story, 14,600 square-foot VA hospital addition over the summer of 2014. Comprised of twenty-four modules, both floors are designed to include private offices, conference rooms, storage rooms, electrical & data closets, utility closets, open office spaces with cubicles, kitchenettes, and restrooms, as well as two stairwells and one elevator. The addition utilized high-end, upgraded design specification to match the existing medical center building.

In order to maximize campus real estate and to eliminate any loss of parking spaces, the new modular building addition was strategically “tucked” into an area where three sides of the existing building surround it.  Modular construction was chosen for this project for speed and to minimize disturbance on site. A special delivery and traffic plan was required for the building modules and construction materials so the main entrance and main loading dock area to the hospital was never blocked or compromised.  

Installation and construction occurred from Friday to Sunday, with the core building put into place over these three days. The addition attached to the existing building with a site-built entry vestibule and a corridor to create two seamless access points to the newly constructed permanent modular building addition.


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The Modular Building Institute is the international nonprofit trade association that has served the modular construction industry for 30+ years. Members are suppliers, manufacturers and contractors involved in all aspects of modular projects -- from complex multistory solutions to temporary accommodations. As the voice of commercial modular construction, MBI expands the use of offsite construction through innovative construction practices, outreach, education to the construction community and customers, and recognition of high-quality modular designs and facilities. For more information on modular construction, visit

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