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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Kitchens To Go Rebuilds in Joplin, MO

Commercial Modular Kitchen

Kitchens To Go, a WM partner who provides unique and innovative commercial modular kitchen units to a national clientele, was recently recognized in the Naperville Sun for their efforts in assisting with the recovery of Joplin, MO schools.

Fred Stowell, a partner at Kitchens To Go of Naperville, IL, describes how the company was selected as “the kitchen provider to develop each school’s food-service facility.”

Whitley Manufacturing has previously partnered with Kitchens To Go on numerous commercial kitchen projects, including facilities at the University of Southern California’s student union.

Read more about Kitchens To Go’s Joplin project and commercial modular kitchen units.

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AIA to create “Match.com” for Projects

Modular Buildings Steel Frame ConstructionThe American Institute of Architects (AIA) is looking to do for builders, architects, and developers what Match.com has done for the dating scene.  This service has a similar goal to the dating service:  to connect well-matched parties who otherwise might never meet.

The new site aims to connect developers of stalled construction projects and “real estate investors searching for opportunities” through a searchable online database.  AIA officials believe the service could provide a boost for the construction industry.

Paul Mendelsohn, vice president of government and community relations for the AIA says, “We’ve learned from our membership that access to credit is one of the major hurdles, so through this mechanism we hope to help find some of that funding.”  The database will categorize projects by type, location, energy efficiency, and other features.

Preliminary estimates are targeting a mid-September launch for the site with an expansion of features in the following months.  Mendelsohn states “Getting the building sector back on the streets will not only help architects and others in the industry, it will help jump-start the entire economy.”

For modular builders and distributors with potential clients whose projects have stalled due to lack of funding, this may be a beneficial resource to help clients re-start dormant projects.  Whitley Manufacturing’s sustainable modular construction system also offers an opportunity to developers with stalled projects.

If a project cannot be fully funded, a custom modular building solution can be designed for future scalability as capital becomes available.  Custom modular buildings feature accurate costing due to the modern production method and factory setting, allowing developers to control costs and minimize contingencies.  Hybrid approaches using conventional construction and prefabricated components can accelerate timelines and control costs as well.

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Our Sustainable Modular Construction Process

Sustainable modular constructionA new PDF is available for download detailing the sustainable aspects of Whitley Manufacturing’s modular construction / prefabrication process in comparison to conventional construction methodology.

There is increasing awareness amongst architects, engineers, general contractors, facility managers, and the public as a whole, of the sustainable aspects of modular construction.

These include improved efficiency in material usage, reduction in the percentage of material wasted, reduced solid waste generation, reduction in transit miles in total and throughout the supply chain, and the reduction in lifecycle global warming potential (as measured in emissions of CO2).

Download the report on Green Modular Buildings.

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