Modular Building Institute

University of Cincinnati Wilson Auditorium - Swing Space

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Pac-Van, Inc. | United Rentals
Mark Line Industries
Cincinnati, Ohio
Building Use:
Classroom Swing Space
Gross Size of Project:
28560 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    Perched atop a hillside that blends into the existing campus, the modular building site is a small footprint between existing structures. The building is being used as swing space for the University of Cincinnati. Substantial excavation to the site included: dirt removal, retaining walls, extensive footings, storm drainage and site utility installation. Once the site work was complete, 30 modules were configured and crane set into place.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    In addition to adding more modules to the originally designed and built complex, technical innovations for this project included interior layout changes to the two buildings. Classroom sizes at the University of Cincinnati are considerably larger than the original classroom areas of the modular building. Pac-Van worked with Mark Line Industries' engineering staff in order to achieve larger classroom sizes. By removing load bearing walls and creatively installing lvl beams which were supported on steel posts within the roof cavity, Pac-Van was able to effectively create clear span modules. This design change allowed us to double the size of each classroom.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    The University of Cincinnati was able to purchase the used modular facilities from a local public school district for a fraction of original cost. By reusing an existing set of buildings, the client was able to have their entire swing space plan completed prior to the start of the fall trimester. Without obtaining the used structures, the university would have had to purchase new buildings, which would have cost considerably more and would not have met their completion deadline. With the swing space in place in such a quick span of time, the University was able to move onto the next phase of a large expansion/renovation project.
  4. Project History
    The modular complexes used for this project were initially Pac-Van buildings which were used by Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) in 2010. The buildings were utilized as temporary swing space during part of CPS’ 10-year master plan project. With the master plan project coming to a close, the modular facilities were placed up for auction. After securing the modular buildings for a significant discount at auction, the University of Cincinnati and Pac-Van worked together to reassemble the buildings at many campus locations. For the Wilson Auditorium project, Pac-Van transported the modules to our Cincinnati maintenance facility to renovate and create the clear span interior classrooms. Once the renovations were complete, Pac-Van transported the modules to the main campus and crane set the 30 pieces in under two weeks. The Wilson Auditorium Swing Space project highlights the series of reuse projects Pac-Van has completed with The University of Cincinnati.
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