Modular Building Institute

California/Oregon - Port of Entry

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Modern Building Systems, Inc.
Ashland, Oregon
Building Use:
Port of Entry Weigh Master Station
Gross Size of Project:
1752 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    The Ashland Port of Entry is the official weigh facility & border control enforcement office between the Oregon and California border. ODOT had been operating out of the same structure for over 50 years and required a new facility with the least amount of impact on closure time. The exterior design allows for max visibility and is reminiscent of a ship sailing the I-5 corridor. Unique angles put the weigh masters at the helm increasing their ability to safely and efficiently assist drivers. Building features a meeting area, locker room, dedicated office space and break area providing much needed amenities not previously available.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    High performance, low solar heat gain windows were incorporated due to southern facing exposure. Non-glare, argon filled glass panes provide extra comfort control with bamboo paddle ceiling fan for additional circulation. White TPO roofing with heat-reflective properties adds durability in high-wind area near highway allowing satellite antenna and security flood light installation. The high efficiency multi-port mechanical system was designed for energy savings with a focus on reliable, comfort control settings. Cement siding with unique installation pattern creates better protection from the elements with low maintenance. Weigh-in-motion (WIM) technology was incorporated so there is no need for the trucks to come to a complete stop; this feature expected to cut inspection times in half and allow freight to move more efficiently and safely.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    The modular building installation and onsite upgrades were restricted to a 21 day window, from demo of the existing building through completion of project. During shut down, the port authority would not be conducting safety inspections or generating revenue. A significant decrease in total construction time was achieved through close collaboration with sub trades and the client in order to accomplish all schedule milestones. Choosing modular to minimize port closure time made the difference in regaining traffic safety and reducing the social cost of accidents.
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