Modular Building Institute

First Responders Addiction Treatment (FRAT) Facility

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Modular Genius, Inc.
NRB (USA), Inc.
Bensalem, PA
Building Use:
Addiction Treatment Facility
Gross Size of Project:
4000 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    Livengrin Foundation, Inc. in Bensalem, PA required a community and meeting building for patients suffering from addiction whereby a life of recovery could be achieved. The FRAT building would be a new standalone building on campus. It was proposed to use varying configurations of 9 modular building sections to form the 4,000 sqft building. The average modular section was 14 x 50. Modular construction was a desired design to achieve speed to occupancy in order to increase the office and meeting room space on campus. Since the campus environment needed to maintain its day to day sensitive operations, modular construction would be less disruptive than traditional construction. The exterior EFIS and masonry finish was accented by a mansard roof and matching shingles to the main campus building. Landscaping of indigenous plants was desired to insure the project looked presentable and planned.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    Modular construction was an ideal solution to construct the 4,000 sqft building quickly setting the 9 modules on the foundation in 1 day. Site utilities and foundations were constructed while the modules were manufactured off-site. The crawlspace foundation was constructed with a pour concrete wall with interstitial concrete piers throughout. The modules where rigged and set on the foundation by crane. The process of Off-site construction consisted of fabrication of the steel into volumetric modules. Concrete was poured into the floors and the modules were assembled as a 4,000 sqft structure off site and construction proceeded with interior finishes and mechanical, electrical and plumbing. Once complete the modules were disassembled, wrapped and transported to the site. The roof top HVAC system and hot water was powered by Liquid Propane to cut down on electrical consumption.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    The architect took into consideration off site modular construction when they laid the floor plan out. Due to the geographic proximity to Philadelphia and the labor union being the prevailing wage the owner felt off site modular construction would reduce the labor rate of the project thus modular was a cost-effective method. The mansard roof was built off site in sections, shipped to the site and assembled on site. The all glass vestibule module was accented with columns on the exterior to provide a grand entrance in appearance.
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