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Due to the design assist project approach utilized on this project, the project architect and the modular building design team were able to collaborate on design considerations during the conceptual phase of the project to ensure modular construction systems selected would support the design intent. The project consists of a single structure which houses an entire charter school campus and the related functional spaces. The building contains 17 classrooms, a library, a kitchen, multipurpose space, office spaces, interior corridors and interior stairs. The building's exterior is covered with a vertical metal siding system that utilizes multiple colors and panel profiles, with aluminum and stucco accents to provide a striking architectural presence. The building interior features abundant natural light in every educational space and 10’ high ceilings throughout. The finished building reflects the coordinated efforts of all team members to provide a design focused experience.
The program requirements provided by the client required the building to utilize a central corridor system with interior stairs and elevator as well as a separate exterior egress system. The client also required 10’ high ceilings throughout the project, further, alcoves were required in the corridor at irregular spacing to eliminate doorway projections. To meet these requirements Silver Creek Industries developed series of specialized building frames which utilized offset columns and cantilevered beams to accommodate the corridors. The building utilized a mixture of module sizes with concrete floor decks and 14’ floor to floor heights. The delivery of the modules to the project site required the preparation of specialized shipping systems in order to accommodate the size and weight of the modules. Special planning was used to organize the interior spaces in a manner which minimized the amount of “close-up” work that would be done on site at the module joint locations.
Due to the complexity and scope of the project the ability to perform the work in a factory environment provided the opportunity for significant cost reductions and increased quality control measures. The careful placement of the restrooms resulted allowed those spaces being enclosed on all sides within a single module and to leave the factory fully finished. Spaces that could not be enclosed due to size or location were partially finished in the factory and wherever possible the remaining finishes were pre-cut in order to minimize the duration of work on site. The electrical distribution system was designed to provide subpanels spread throughout the building to reduce the number of electrical connections made in the field. Where possible the ductwork was designed to be installed within a single module which eliminated the need for horizontal connections in the field.