Disaster Recovery Modular Buildings

Modular Buildings for Disaster Recovery

Case study:  gustavus adolphus university

modular dormitoryGustavus Adolphus University was founded in 1862 with strong Swedish and Lutheran heritage.  The school is a highly selective, private, coeducational residential liberal arts college.  The college is guided by five core values:  community, excellence, faith, justice, and service.

In light of the storm damage and disasters afflicting the Midwest, Whitley Manufacturing would like to share a past modular construction disaster recovery story with a happy ending.

On March 29, 1998, a tornado struck the campus of Gustavus Adolphus and the town of Saint Peter.  As the tornado swept across campus, it caused at least some damage to all 59 campus buildings with total damage estimates in excess of $52M.

Whitley Manufacturing was proud to assist the school in their time of need by joining the “Rebuilding a Greater Gustavus” recovery effort, constructing a modular student housing facility for the school.  WM built Prairie View Hall for the school, utilizing our accelerated modular construction system, to deliver the finished project by the start of the next year (project timeline from early April through August).

The modular dormitory houses 54 students in double occupancy rooms arranged along common corridors.

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Modular Buildings for Disaster Recovery

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Modular Buildings for Disaster Response

Modular Buildings for Hurricane Irene Recovery

Source: NASA

Off the Atlantic Coast, Hurricane Irene is strengthening, and while the track of the storm is still unclear, there is still the threat that the hurricane could directly hit the United States.  Even if the hurricane’s track remains offshore, the Eastern Seaboard may still be lashed with dangerous surf / storm surge, hurricane force (Category 3 or 4) winds up to 131 MPH, and heavy rain.

As danger approaches, the primary focus should be on safety (preparation and evacuation), but must quickly pivot to response.  For the response to a wide array of disasters, modular construction offers an ideal solution.  Modular buildings (constructed off-site in a controlled factory environment) can be quickly moved into the effected area, providing undamaged operational space for first responders and clean up teams, as well as allowing for businesses and vital services to quickly re-open.  As recovery efforts proceed, the buildings can be relocated and re-purposed as they are needed.

Whitley Manufacturing builds an array of modular buildings for disaster response applications, ranging from flexible clearspan space, to emergency water and sewer service (PDF download), to support facilities (showers and lockers, temporary housing), and a variety of modular healthcare facilities.  We currently have a limited amount of high-quality, flexible clearspan space available for delivery on an accelerated timeline.

You can read more about WM’s distributor Kitchens To Go and how they used commercial modular kitchen units to help Joplin, Missouri recover from the spring tornadoes by clicking here.

Please contact us to learn more about modular buildings for disaster response.

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