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Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans required an Interprofessional Clinic for the School of Dentistry and Nursing to provide primary and urgent care in a teaching environment to support the local community. While there are long-term plans for a permanent facility, the temporary need was immediate. To provide this clinic, it was proposed to use a 3,600 gross square foot freestanding modular building for speed to occupancy to accommodate the program. The temporary facility would be located next to the visitor parking, between two parking lots on the north side of Florida Avenue on campus. The shape of the modular building is square to fit symmetrically on the property and was painted a light tan to match similar visual aesthetics of the surrounding campus. Landscaping of indigenous plans was desired to insure the project looked presentable and planned.
Modular construction was an ideal solution due to grant funding requiring the structure to be operational within the year that funding was approved. Site utilities and foundations were constructed while the building was manufactured in an off-site facility. The foundation was constructed with timber pylons driven up to thirty feet deep. The installation crew used Translift machines designed to reduce cost and increase the quality and speed of setting the modules on the pylons. Off-site construction included installation of features inside the modular building such as laminate counter tops, exam room sinks, counters, cabinets, plumbing, electric for dental chairs, and interior finishes such as floor covering and drop ceilings. The pre-fabricated aluminum canopy, ADA ramps and steps were provided and tied into concrete sidewalks attached to parking lots on either side of the site.
The modular building and utility infrastructure had fulfilled grant and budget requirements. Modular Genius utilized readily available materials sourced close to the off-site facility of the modular building. Modular Genius surveyed the grounds and designed the building so that the utility connections would have the shortest runs. With help from MBI team partner Tink, Inc., Modular Genius found a local installer that operated their Translift equipment insuring the project established local cost effectiveness. Other MBI member team partners Upside Innovations, providing pre-fabricated aluminum entrances, and off-site construction facility Titan Modular Systems constructed a sound building which was a factor that yielded cost effectiveness to the project.