Modular Building Institute

James A. Forrest Elementary School

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Silver Creek Industries
Wasco, California
Building Use:
Public Elementary School
Gross Size of Project:
41040 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    The project consists of five permanent modular classroom buildings ranging in size from 5,700 SF to 11,200 SF. The project features 8 kindergarten classrooms with dedicated toilet facilities, 2 special education classrooms with dedicated toilet facilities, 24 standard classrooms, student and staff restroom facilities and various support spaces. The building exterior utilizes a stucco finish of various colors and ceramic tile accents. Large overhangs with a standing seam roof system provide shade and weather protection at classroom entrances while facades are provided at the building ends to create visual interest and provide protection for the restroom entries. The classroom interiors feature vibrant accent colors and provide a comfortable learning environment.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    To meet the project requirements in the most efficient and cost-effective manner a project specific module design was utilized. The module widths varied from 10’-0” to 11’-0” and the module lengths varied from 27’-6” to 40’-0”. The buildings all utilized a factory installed roof screening system to conceal the mechanical equipment. A light weight concrete floor system was poured in the factory for all modules. High efficiency LED lights with occupancy sensing controls and automatic daylighting controls were used in all classrooms. Manual dimming controls were provided for all classroom lighting to allow the teachers to adjust the light levels for specific learning exercises. Wall assemblies separating classrooms and adjacent spaces were designed to provide acoustic separation for sound mitigation.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    The project owner, Wasco Elementary School District, recognized early in their planning process that modular construction was the most cost-effective construction method for the construction of their classroom buildings. By utilizing off-site construction methods, they were also able to realize significant schedule advantages as compared to traditional construction. During the design process the interior spaces were carefully planned to allow the casework and associated plumbing fixtures to be installed in the factory in nearly every room. The restroom facilities were designed and located to be fully contained within a module to allow those spaces to be completed in the factory.
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