News About the Commercial Modular Construction Industry

INDUSTRY HEADLINES | Winter 2012
Starbucks Opens New Drive Thru Made from Recycled Shipping Containers!
Durability, Adaptability and Building Service Life Planning Applied to Modular Construction
Realizing a Premium for MODULAR: Lessons from the UK
2012 Prefab Architecture Workshop Tour
SUNY's LEED Gold Student Dorm is Central New York's LARGEST Modular Project
 

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Starbucks Opens New Reclamation Drive Thru Made from Recycled Shipping Containers!

As seen in Inhabitat
If you happen to be passing through Tukwila, Washington, make a pit stop at Starbucks’ brand new reclaimed shipping container coffee shop. The first in what could possibly be a new branding strategy, the Reclamation Drive-Thru is built out of four shipping containers and has been designed to LEED green building standards. Designed in-house by resident Starbucks architects, the container coffee shop is part of a growing initiative at Starbucks to encourage green building to reduce energy use and operational costs as well as to push the envelope on environmental design in retail.
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Durability, Adaptability and Building Service Life Planning as Applied to Modular Construction

Available for AIA/CES Credit
Environmentalists concur that Nature is the ideal for sustainability. Nature has a “closed loop” life cycle. Each destructive process supports a new creation. There is no “end-of-life”- only transitions into new beginnings. Nature does not waste. Nature endures and evolves. Nature repurposes and recycles. Buildings and building products striving for sustainability must examine their full life cycle.  >> More






Realizing a Premium for MODULAR:
Lessons from the UK

 

The UK’s modular construction industry is flourishing, with offsite methods of construction being incorporated into myriad developments to deliver time and cost savings as well as significant sustainability improvements. Outlined is what the U.S. could learn from overseas about these building techniques to start reaping the same economic & ecological benefits.
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2012 Prefab Architecture Workshop Tour

Ryan Smith, professor of architecture at the University of Utah, will be hosting several prefab architecture workshops across the U.S. in 2012. The sessions are based on Smith’s book, Prefab Architecture: A Guide to Modular Design and Construction, the only professional reference on prefab architecture with information on the many facets of off-site construction.
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SUNY's LEED Gold Student Dorm is Central New York's LARGEST Modular Project

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse completed a student dormitory complex this summer that is Central New York’s largest modular building and one of the largest in the state of New York. The LEED® Gold, four-story building was constructed with 184 modules and was built to house 450 students.
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