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Mobile Modular Case Studies

Case studies give you a chance to look at our work for yourself. Take a moment to check out these success stories from our modular building projects. Our customers in each project faced challenges that Mobile Modular worked on to come up with modular building solutions that exceeded their expectations.
You also get to see how Mobile Modular has the expertise to deliver custom modular buildings for clients from a wide variety of industries and fields.
Download PDF- Texas Roual Yzaquirre School

TEXAS CHARTER SCHOOL EXPANDS BY 20%

Days to complete: 4
Building Use: Classrooms, Administrative Offices, Restrooms and Multipurpose
Square footage: 3,072
Mobile Modular delivers an affordable solution to accommodate 20% growth at Texas Charter School.
Challenge

Brownsville, TX – A large charter school with a strong record of accomplishment has achieved an exceptionally low 20:1 student-teacher ratio and a dropout rate averaging a mere 1.4%. As one of the first 20 charter schools approved in 1996 to operate in the state of Texas, they continue to tackle expanding enrollment in four campuses located in Houston and Brownsville, Texas.

After Mobile Modular successfully supplied 1,536 sq. ft. of portable classroom space to its Brownsville elementary school location in 2010, this growing charter school contacted us again in July 2011 for additional Brownsville space needs for the upcoming school year. As the fastest-growing segment, the elementary school was expecting a 20% enrollment increase and required two more double classrooms to be located in limited available space.

With the new school year starting in August, time was tight and the right products would have to be identified, prepared, delivered and installed quickly for student and faculty placement. Compounding the challenge, the Brownsville school location is 500 miles from Mobile Modular’s Houston delivery facility, requiring special care in transport and additional permit concerns for towing the buildings.

Solution

After evaluating the school’s needs, Mobile Modular recommended our standard 32' x 64' double classroom product. These units, each providing dual 24' x 32' classrooms divided by an interior partition, would offer the flexibility, manufacture quality and ease of installation that the school needed to accommodate new enrollment and keep its building budgets under control.

Our first successful 2010 project in Brownsville had prepared the Mobile Modular team for the challenges involved in transporting large modular classrooms over the 500 miles from Houston to the existing school site. After obtaining the necessary municipal permits in Brownsville to tow the buildings through the city, special precautions were taken to route the trip and secure the units on flatbed trucks, ensuring safe arrival and timely installation with only very minor necessary repairs.

Finally, it was determined that the school qualified for Mobile Modular’s new Charter Starter program, affording them a $1,000 credit towards their lease and installation costs. With no further upgrades or customizations required, the classrooms were installed in time for the start of the school year – attractive buildings that fit existing educational requirements and bottom-line budget needs.

Download PDF- California Roddy Ranch Golf Club

CUSTOM GOLF CLUBHOUSE & FACILITIES

Days to complete: 4
Building Use: Administrative Offices, Restaurant, Lounge, and Pro Shop
Square footage: 2,880
Mobile Modular delivers a modular alternative to meet a California golf club’s space needs while offering the attractive amenities that appeal to its members.
Challenge

Brentwood, CA – Located in the foothills of a working 2,000-acre cattle ranch, the local golf club offers 235 acres of golfing excellence in the hills east of Mount Diablo in California’s Bay Area. Established in 2000, this popular site today attracts avid golfers from across the United States with its mix of beautiful scenery, challenging play and full-featured member amenities.

When the company experienced financial trouble during the sharp economic downturn of 2008, among the first major expansion projects to be postponed was a long-planned permanent clubhouse. Intended to be an upscale center for club members and visitors, construction plans included a new restaurant and lounge area with scenic overlooks of the club’s picturesque lakes and greens. In 2009, club representatives saw the work Mobile Modular had just completed at a nearby country club – a large modular clubhouse sporting cherry wood finishes and luxurious touches – and felt it would appeal to their own members. Contracting the same Mobile Modular team to review its needs and outline a design of its own, the organization set out to establish a clubhouse based on modular construction and re-locatable workspace design.

Solution

To complete the clubhouse project on a strict budget and time-line, the Mobile Modular team set out a plan for a 2,880 sq. ft., 48’ x 60’ structure composed of our modular office buildings. The end product was an attractive building that served the club’s needs while keeping the project outlay comfortably within its budget.

Today, the modular clubhouse provides many of the features included in the original permanent construction plans, including a golf and gift shop, a sports lounge featuring two 50-inch HD televisions, a restaurant and a back deck that is used regularly for tournaments, parties and other special events.

Download PDF- Mid-Atlantic Museum School

NEW CHARTER SCHOOL COMPLETE IN MONTHS

Days to complete: 10
Building Use: Classrooms, Administrative, Restrooms and Multi-Purpose
Square footage: 11,000
Mobile Modular delivers the first "museum model" classroom space for a popular new Georgia charter school.
Challenge

Atlanta, GA – Once a new Georgia charter school was granted charter approval for the 2010-2011 school year, the parents who formed the school’s governing council faced the significant challenge of finding the right facilities. Financially unable to embark upon a permanent construction project, the school instead would require temporary modular housing for the 11,000 square feet they needed – nearly a third of an acre – while providing the appearance, amenities and construction quality that a permanent building would offer. The chosen modular solution, located on the site of a leased church parking lot, would serve as the initial stage of a three year facility plan.

Requesting proposals in early 2010, the charter school administrators outlined an ambitious set of requirements for a successful modular solution. It would require a flexible floorplan system that could expand or contract with changing future enrollment needs. A strong emphasis would be placed on natural light, creating a learning environment visually conducive to high performance education. Energy efficiency would likewise be an important factor and finally, it would have the attractive appearance of permanent construction.

From start to finish, the charter school buildings would need to be in place and ready for occupancy no later than June 1, in order to start accepting student enrollments for 2010-2011. This would limit the available time for completion to just a few months.

Solution

Upon review of the charter school’s requirements, the Mobile Modular team recommended one of our most popular and sophisticated modular classroom products: the CampusMaker ModPod®. This flexible system would immediately support most of the school’s design requirements with ModPod standard features, from easy expandability to extensive energy efficiency and exterior customization options.

The CampusMaker ModPod® provides an extensible architecture that permits fast and relatively simple addition and removal of rooms from a single large structure. For the charter school, the ModPod complex would include eight classrooms, a media center, male and female restrooms, and multiple ancillary rooms for faculty use. Serving an estimated twenty students per classroom, the K-3 charter school would support an enrollment base of up to 140 students in 2010-2011.

The project design called for over 18,000 sq.ft. of CampusMaker ModPod modular buildings, including administrative, restrooms and multi-use buildings to support an enrollment base of up to 140 students in 2010-2011.

The ModPod’s energy efficiency and customization features were immediately attractive to the school. The system’s double-finished walls formed effective sound dampening between classrooms. Offering EPDM cool roofs and high efficiency lighting as standard features, the charter school’s ModPod complex was further upgraded with extra-high efficiency T-5 lights and larger windows to permit the entry of more natural light into classrooms. High efficiency HVAC’s and Bard CS2000 climate control monitoring platforms were integrated into the complex to reduce energy consumption as much as was practical against the often intense heat of the Georgia sunshine.

Mobile Modular provided additional advisory support for land preparation. Built on a church parking lot, the school’s land was fairly flat and did not require special grading or stabilization efforts. However, it did need work to convert into a usable structure location, from power and plumbing utility lines to the construction of curbs, gutters and handicapped parking. To keep the project on the school’s tight schedule, the Mobile Modular team consulted with the school’s architect and general contractor to help ensure that the land was ready for timely delivery and installation.

Finally, exterior upgrades and design changes were made to give the school’s ModPod complex the appearance of a permanent structure. By the time of the school’s opening in August 2010, the new 11,000 square foot modular building was fully operational, ready to accept children and teachers into a state-of-the-art, innovative educational environment.

Since opening, the school has received a one-year charter from the local school board for the 2011-2012 school year. The Georgia charter school is now making preparations to expand their modular complex to include an additional four classrooms, to extend enrollment to grades K-4, a process made simple by the system’s expandable design.

Download PDF- Florida Most Precious Blood

FLORIDA CATHOLIC CHURCH EXPANDS RAPIDLY

Days to complete: 7
Building Use: Offices, Meeting Rooms, Classrooms and Youth Center
Square footage: 8,832
Mobile Modular delivers a permanent home for a local Catholic Church’s rapidly growing congregation.
Challenge

Oviedo, FL – Like many churches in Florida, a new Catholic church spent its early years housed in a rented school cafeteria while plans were underway to establish a permanent home. Growing rapidly to over 1,300 families in a region with a strong Catholic community presence, by 2009 both the church and its diocese recognized the need to speed construction plans on a 59-acre property bordering a nearby forest preserve.

Impressed with a successful church building project in a nearby town, church planners turned once again to Mobile Modular for an effective modular solution to help make the cost and construction of the church more manageable. Constructed on a 30-acre parcel of the available property, the centerpiece of the campus would be a 21,000 sq. ft. permanent sanctuary. With the help of Mobile Modular, much of the campus remainder – including a youth center, parish office and multiple classroom/meeting rooms – would be represented by modular construction. This would enable the church to complete their large parish life center on time and on budget, while simultaneously providing them with options to expand outlying buildings as the church’s needs continue to grow.

The church and diocese had specific requirements for their buildings: they would need to be reliable, attractively compatible with the appearance of the rest of the campus, and able to provide the experience of a permanent facility. Customizations would likely be required, from kitchenette installations to custom doors and other fixtures. Energy efficiency, minimized land use and other green features would also be important. Most of all, the new units would have to be successfully installed and ready to go by the time the main sanctuary was completed.

Solution

Drawing on our prior experience with the needs of Catholic churches and schools in Florida, as well as our prior relationship with the diocese, the appropriate Mobile Modular products were not hard to identify: our standard modular construction system, and our popular Campusmaker Hybrid® classrooms. Designed with a standard feature set to meet nearly all of the church’s needs, the Hybrid would offer an extremely versatile and attractive solution for the church.

Fashioned as a "modular village", the complex would sit to the side of their new parish life center, with an ample view of their large central courtyard. All single story modular units, the village would be comprised of six buildings: the administrative parish office (60'x52') and the new youth center (36'x56'), facing four adjacent 24'x36' Campusmaker classroom/meeting rooms. The two large buildings would be constructed using Mobile Modular’s standard modular office designs. Kitchenettes, restrooms and additional storage were installed in the parish office and youth center buildings. Solid doors were replaced with more attractive doors that included outside facing windows and panic and safety hardware.

From nine foot ceilings in the classrooms and attractive exteriors, to high efficiency climate control and a side-by-side arrangement system that reduces the cost of plumbing and electricity installations, the Campusmaker Hybrid® provided the ideal modular solution for the church: versatile, expandable, and ideally suited to their long term growth needs. The church has been very satisfied with their modular buildings, and is busy today making plans for future expansion that will likely include a new Catholic school using additional Campusmaker Hybrid® classrooms.

Download PDF- Mid-Atlantic NASA

LARGE SCIENCE ORGANIZATION QUICKLY ADDS UNIQUE OFFICE SPACE

Days to complete: 21
Building Use: Offices
Square footage: 5,760
Mobile Modular delivers innovative, flexible modular space.
Challenge

Greenbelt, MD – A large science organization needed extra office space to support the expansion of one of its programs. Fast tracked within the federal government, the new project presented the agency with a short deadline – just a couple of months – to acquire new and modernized office space suitable for the team’s needs.

Construction required the demolition of a circa-1970’s modular four-floor complex already on site, followed by the design and installation of a new eight-floor building that included access via ADA-compliant ramps and decks. The interior of the new building would need to include cubicle space in a specific, unique layout for team members.

Solution

The organization's laboratory is tasked with the research, design and scientific innovation most vital to the agency's science programs. To support a new effort, it received modern modular space to house the team’s 30 scientists and administrative personnel.

Both before and after the award of the building contract, Mobile Modular’s Mid-Atlantic team met with agency officials many times to ascertain and address the specific workspace needs. The new plan included an eight-floor, state of the art modular building system, a structure incorporating "clear span" beams that would cross the building length and allow available work space to be reconfigured as needed in the future.

A properly planned demolition and debris clearing was followed by an efficient installation of the new building, designed per customer specification to utilize land occupied by the original modular unit. In order to accommodate the required specific cubicle layout, Mobile Modular designed the building with "clear span" beams, eliminating the need for interior load bearing walls or posts.

Rachel O., acquisition specialist (who awarded the contract to Mobile Modular on behalf of the client) says, "From start to finish, Mobile Modular was able to make this project run very smoothly. Their sales people were very knowledgeable and were able to meet all our requirements, even as they changed. The demolition and installation processes were completed within a very aggressive schedule, and the final product is a beautiful modular office space, built exactly to our specifications."

Mobile Modular’s attention to detail and exceptional response rate allowed this large science organization to quickly transition its personnel to a modern energy-efficient modular building that simply exceeded all expectations.

"From start to finish, Mobile Modular was able to make this project run very smoothly. The sales people were very knowledgeable and were able to meet all our requirements, even as they changed. The demolition and installation processes were completed within a very aggressive schedule, and the final product is a beautiful modular office space built exactly to our specifications."

-Rachel O. - Acquisition Specialist

Download PDF- Fort Gordon Case Study

BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT RENOVATES MEDICAL CENTER

Days to complete: 28
Building Use: Medical Facilities
Square footage: 9,000
Mobile Modular delivers a robust yet cost effective modular medical facility.
Challenge

Augusta, GA – A branch of the federal government is currently renovating a medical center in Augusta, Georgia. Not long after the Task Order was awarded to a construction firm, revisions of the center’s 12th floor spurred the need to expedite the scheduled completion of select finished medical facilities. Mobile Modular was contracted by Pittman to provide modular office space for center staff.

The client requested that their new Mobile Modular building be usable as fully functional medical facilities, as well as efficient general office building space. Their specification included twenty (20) offices and a fully equipped gym.

The 12th floor of the medical center is home to the hospital’s brain trauma group, as well as approximately twenty (20) doctors and therapists, twenty (20) nurses and ten (10) administrative personnel. The staff needed to be temporarily moved to a suitable modular workspace while the center’s 12th floor was renovated.

Solution

Mobile Modular’s Mid-Atlantic team worked closely with the construction firm to create a building covering 9,000 square feet to be used as medical facilities and office space during the renovation.

Early incorporation of this flexible, modular building design enabled Mobile Modular to save a tremendous amount of resources during a demanding renovation project. By being available and responsive to the customer at all times, Mobile Modular’s team was able to complete the new energy efficient building while exceeding the expectations of even the client.

"Mobile Modular was able to deliver the product on-time and under budget. From the operations manager to the sales specialist they have been a pleasure to work with. Their response time to every problem has been outstanding. Mobile Modular was able to provide a top notch product and do it on time and under budget. From the operations manager to the sale specialists, they have been a pleasure to work with. Their response time to every issue has been outstanding."

-Timmy P. - CEO of a construction firm

Download PDF- Mid-Atlantic Eastern High School

SCHOOL DISTRICT MODERNIZES HISTORIC HIGH SCHOOL

Days to complete: 49
Building Use: Classrooms, Restrooms and Administrative
Square footage: 37,530
Mobile Modular delivers a temporary campus during the renovation and modernization of a historic high school.
Challenge

Washington, D.C. – One of the high profile projects for a school district during the 2009-2010 school year was the renovation and modernization of a historic 1930s-era high school building. A major challenge was where and how to accommodate students and teachers during the renovation. Mobile Modular was called for a fast-turnaround temporary leased modular space solution.

The school district outlined several needs for the temporary campus:

  • Keeping the students under a single roof, maintaining a campus feel
  • Providing a safe and secure learning environment
  • Efficient use of limited land space
  • Critical seven (7) week turn-around to get ready for the 2009-2010 school year

Solution

Mobile Modular, a leading modular space provider, collaborated with project architects and a general contractor to address the needs and time-line. First, Mobile Modular was tasked with designing a solution that utilized the limited land available in an inner-city setting. Second, the new campus needed to be secure, safe and modern to create a successful learning environment. A campus layout and feel was important. This prevented having to send students to adjacent campuses for the 2009-2010 school year.

Mobile Modular designed and proposed a creative combination of modular buildings that could be strategically placed adjacent to the existing school building in an open field and on under-utilized tennis courts. To keep as many students under one roof as possible, Mobile Modular introduced the CampusMaker ModPod®; a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly modular classroom complex offering unparalleled flexibility and configurability.

Each CampusMaker ModPod® complex included eight (8) 790 sq. ft. classrooms, each equipped with electrical and mechanical controls, an 8' interior corridor and restroom facilities. The project required three (3) CampusMaker ModPod® complexes, resulting in twenty-four (24) classrooms that can comfortably hold up to 840 students. Further space requirements called for an additional six (6) CampusMaker Hybrid® classrooms. This modern relocatable building style allows for side-by-side, low to the ground placement substantially reducing costly ramps and decking.

Approximately 8,000 sq.ft. of additional administrative and multi-use buildings were installed. These specially designed modular buildings comprised six (6) 24' x 56' office buildings. The entire modular campus project including over 37,000 of temporary leased space and was completed in less than seven (7) weeks. Mobile Modular was able to design and install a safe and secure learning environment for students, teachers and staff, keeping the entire school population together during the 2009-2010 school year.

"Mobile Modular rose to the occasion to make the project a success."

-Pamela J., Project Manager, Construction Company

Download PDF- Mid-Atlantic Quantico

BRANCH OF U.S. GOVERNMENT

Days to complete: 50
Building Use: Offices and Restrooms
Square footage: 32,256
Mobile Modular equips a large branch of the U.S. government with a dependable modular space.
Challenge

Quantico, VA - A branch of the United States government is currently engaged in a major $9.9 million renovation of an office building that currently houses administration for a branch of the U.S. government. They anticipated the need to relocate staff to modular office space for a year while the general contractor completed the renovation. In their specification, the client required modular buildings and portable restrooms featuring ADA-accessible ramps and decking to be built to demanding standards for design and construction.

Solution

Working closely with the general contractor to meet the exacting building requirements, the Mobile Modular Mid-Atlantic team designed and fabricated modular office space suitable for administrative staff during the renovation. Challenges included limited available space, inclined terrain for construction and the need to efficiently house 300 government employees while the three story, 1940-era building renovations were completed.

To minimize disruption to the staff, the Mobile Modular team opted to use a combination of different modular buildings deployed in three strategic locations surrounding the renovation site. The new modular buildings included twenty-one (21) 24’ x 56’ general modular office buildings and two (2) 12’ x 56’ restroom buildings. Each office and restroom building was fitted with reusable galvanized aluminum decking and ramping to meet ADA compliance requirements.

The entire building project, covering nearly 33,000 square feet, was successfully completed in just seven weeks despite one of the worst winters in ten years. Mobile Modular successfully completed the project to the satisfaction of general contractor and the U.S. government in record time.

"The [Mobile Modular] HVAC systems have proven to be some of the most reliable and effective... which is crucial during the summer months... these structures are serving their purpose quite well."

-Captain D. of the U.S. Government

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