Modular design and construction in the commercial market has become a revolutionary solution with benefits of lower cost, sustainability and faster construction times. As modular becomes popular and a cost efficient resolution to strict financial obligations and a need for smaller carbon footprints; stunning new concepts and designs are popping up all over the world.NYC Goes Modular
In the summer of 2016, the world’s tallest modular building at 32 stories high was completed at 461 Dean Street in Brooklyn, NY. Once the building’s apartment modules were completed at a factory located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, they were transported to the development site and essentially stacked one on top of another into a high-rise building. Excitement about modular construction in New York abounds with new projects under development. 1
Puma's Flexible Container in the Retail Space
Twenty-four shipping containers are retrofitted and transformed into a transportable retail building, able to travel around the world.
The building is fully dismountable and travels on a cargo ship along with the sail boats; it is assembled and disassembled a number of times once it reaches the different international harbors. Conceived as a three levels stack of containers, shifted to create internal outdoor spaces, large overhangs and terraces, it is branded with the super-graphic logo of the company.
Puma City takes full advantage of the global shipping network already in place. At 11,000 square feet of space, it is the first container building of its scale to be truly mobile, designed to respond to all of the architectural challenges of a building of its kind, including international building code, dramatic climate changes, plug-in electrical and HVAC systems and ease of assembly and operations2.
The architect sought to create an architecturally adventurous apartment building. To Mario Plasencia, the architect Menduett hired, shipping containers offered a way to keep costs down, to build sustainably with recycled materials, and to use an unexpected construction method. “The containers helped us get noticed,” Plasencia says. “Bringing people out of their comfort zone is a challenge. Everything here is built with the same materials, colors, and shapes.”
Finding the 36 containers needed to complete the eight apartments—a number determined by the number of parking spaces that could fit on the lot—proved difficult. Plasencia scoured many of Mexico’s ports to get them. He repainted each container in its original hue, creating a prismatic exterior. Most of the interior walls were covered with plaster panels for insulation and acoustics—“but it was important to leave one container wall exposed,” Plasencia says, “to preserve that sense of texture.” 3
Qatar- World Cup Stadium
Due for completion in 2020, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium has a bold and innovative design concept, never seen in a FIFA World Cup venue before. Built using modular building blocks, it combines tournament experience and legacy planning in a revolutionary way to create a truly unique venue. This will be the first-ever moveable and reusable FIFA World Cup stadium.
Challenged with creating a venue that offers world-class atmosphere and fan experience as well as unrivalled legacy benefits, FIFA broke the stadium down into conceptual ‘building blocks’ and created a new design concept never seen at a mega-event before. The modular building blocks Ras Abu Aboud Stadium consists of are modified shipping containers, each containing fundamental stadium elements that can be quickly assembled and disassembled at various locations as required, all in pursuit of the SC’s mission to ensure the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar leaves a lasting legacy for the country, the region and the world.
Ras Abu Aboud’s modular design also means construction of the venue will require fewer materials, create less waste and reduce the carbon footprint of the building process, all while reducing the time taken to build the stadium to as little as three years. Thanks to this sustainable approach to the stadium’s construction. 4
Fort Wayne, IN- Domino’s Pizza
Domino’s chose Innovative Modular Solutions to help leverage modular construction as a rapid, efficient and flexible way to develop into new markets or raise and rebuild at existing locations.
Extensive design collaboration took place with Dominos design team and RPM, Pizza LLC, one of the largest and most successful Domino’s Franchisees in the United States. Once IMS was able to meet the team’s aesthetic, functional, financial and scheduling requirements, construction of the first store began in mid-September 2015. When the building was set, 85% of the building was already completed in the factory, including mechanical electrical and plumbing. This allowed for work to be completed by the end of November. By the first week of December, the Dominos/RPM team was actively preparing the store for its first customers.
By utilizing modular construction and leveraging the experience of the IMS project team, Domino’s was able to continue their mission to be number one and the world leader in pizza delivery.5
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