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Modular Building Design
Gross Size of Project:
- Architectural Excellence
This 18,000 square foot high school addition was designed to optimize program space both indoors and outdoors on a restricted site, and to contribute flow of the Lexington High School campus. The modular building features 15 new classrooms nestled between two existing exterior walls, parking lot and student gathering zones.
The modular building consisting of 32 modules was designed and installed for permanent use and provides high school students with natural lighting and quality finishes. Some examples of what makes this building unique are corrugated steel siding on the exterior and expansive floor to ceiling glass windows which allows the classrooms to be illuminated with natural light.
- Technical Innovation & Sustainability
This project was required to meet the Mass “Stretch” Energy code adopted by the City of Lexington (MA) which requires improved energy efficiency, insulation and other building performance beyond national standards. Sophisticated lighting controls and daylight harvesting optimize light quality as well as minimize energy usage. Insulation systems combine traditional batt, rigid board along with spray in foam applications to optimize the thermal integrity of the overall envelope. The prefabrication in an offsite location enabled more careful installation of these systems. Mechanical systems were designed to work with natural ventilation systems (operable windows and ceiling fans) to optimize air quality and comfort while minimizing energy use with a high efficiency HVAC system.
- Cost Effectiveness
Due to overcrowding and student growth, The Town of Lexington needed an on-time and on-budget solution. We provided Lexington High School with 15 additional classrooms which were installed during the summer months and ready for occupancy on the students first day back in the fall. A primary reason for the use of modular construction for this project lies in the nature of the construction challenges inherent to the site. Tightly constrained (with only 10 ft. between the north wall and east wall} conventional construction would have required more time and costly coordination to complete.