Modular Building Institute


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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Silver Creek Industries
Los Angeles, California
Building Use:
Charter Middle School
Gross Size of Project:
27429 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    Due to the design-build project delivery approach utilized on this project Silver Creek was able to collaborate directly with the client 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 three story structure which houses an entire charter school campus and the related functional spaces. The building contains 18 classrooms, a kitchen, multipurpose space, administrative spaces, interior corridors, an interior elevator, and interior stairs. The building exterior features plaster with a bright color palette and aluminum glazing systems. The finished building reflects the coordinated efforts of all team members to provide a design focused experience.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    The program developed with the client required the building to utilize a central corridor system with interior stairs and elevator. The client also required 9’-6” high ceilings in most spaces and an open ceiling in the multipurpose spaces. Additionally, the site constraints required offsets at the rear of the building and cantilevered modules on the 2nd and 3rd levels. To meet these requirements Silver Creek developed a series of specialized building frames which utilized a mixture of module sizes (with widths up to 12’-10” and lengths up to 71’-0”) and 13’ 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.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    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. Larger than typical modules were utilized to maximize the factory scope of work. The careful placement of the restrooms allowed those spaces to be 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 minimize the duration of work on site. The electrical distribution system was designed to utilize larger conductors and conduits 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.
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