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.


MHC Prefabrication Report

Modular Healthcare FacilityMcGraw-Hill Construction recently released a SmartMarket Report examining the many benefits of modular construction, entitled “Prefabrication and Modularization: Increasing Productivity in the Construction Industry”.

The report focuses on how new technology, such as the Building Information Modeling (BIM) software utilized by Whitley Manufacturing, allows for increased productivity through the use of prefabricated and modular components that can seamlessly be integrated into a larger structure.

A survey of over 800 architecture and engineering professionals found:

  • 66% report that project schedules are accelerated by modular components;
  • 65% report that project budgets are reduced by modular components;
  • 77% report that construction site waste is decreased by use of modular components.

The Modular Building Institute (MBI) has made several downloads available pertaining to the report.  Download the report here.  Download the podcast here.


Green Modular Healthcare Facilities

RAD Technology Medical Systems’ (RAD) innovative modular radiotherapy clinic (modular building components manufactured by Whitley Manufacturing) was recently featured in Building Design + Construction’s (BD+C) Modular Advantage publication.

The modular clinic for Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) in Ballard, Washington was designed and built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification requirements and will be the first LEED certified radiotherapy facility in the nation.

Click to read more about Green Modular Healthcare Facilities.  Whitley Manufacturing’s case study of this innovative modular healthcare building is currently online.  Click here to read more about this sustainable modular medical building.