MODULAR CONSTRUCTION DATING BACK TO WORLD WAR 2
Prefabrication and modular construction has not had a steady increase in use over time. Instead, it has fluctuated based on the level of drastic need during war and economic booms. Prefabrication and modular construction was increasingly used during World War II due to the need for mass accommodation for military personnel. Modular construction proved to be an ideal solution by providing all-purpose, lightweight buildings that could be shipped anywhere and assembled rapidly.
NEW TECHNOLOGY IN MODULAR BREAKS NEW GROUND
Technological advancements over the past 20 years have increased what modular and prefabrication can achieve. Building Information Modeling (BIM), quality modern materials, and highly automated off-site manufacturing processes now offer significant productivity gains on projects previously not possible.
Recent innovations of the last few decades have enabled the prefabrication and modular construction industry to make significant advances in developing processes and materials to build and deliver more sophisticated and complex facility types.
These innovations have enabled modular buildings to better serve the needs of the government and military. High security features beyond typical commercial requirements, often required at sensitive compartmented Information facilities (SCIFs), can now be installed. Specialized materials and physical perimeter hardening are also now available to meet added requirements.
SIGNIFICANT EFFICIENCY GAINS
These improvements in the prefabrication and modularization process have benefited customers with significant productivity improvements, including project schedule, cost, safety and quality. In a majority of cases, modular construction can reduce project schedules by four weeks or more. Project budgets are also reduced with faster completion times and are kept on time with much greater reliability, particularly during the winter months when weather can be an issue.
THREE GOVERNMENT MODULAR BUILDING USE CASES
After decades of innovation and developing offsite fabrication best practices to meet higher expectations for government and military projects, Nadler Modular Structures has found its clients benefit from multiple benefits and reduced risk. Below are three recent use cases that explain why.
1. USE CASE: US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (USACE)
The Nadler Modular Structures partnership with the USACE complements Nadler’s past projects with other branches of the U.S. Military, including the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
After an open GSA contractor bid process, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers selected Nadler Modular Structures for the project at the New York District, based on our strong reputation in delivering on-time government projects and local available resources on-hand. The project itself entailed the fabrication and installation of several modular offices for the USACE staff along with connected bathrooms and break areas. In addition to the new units, the Nadler team also removed the existing onsite structures and cleared the area. From the contract being awarded through completing the fabrication process and delivery, the total project time was kept under 90 days for a successful on-time, on-budget project.
2. USE CASE: RIKERS ISLAND
Rikers Island is New York City’s main jail complex, operated by the New York City Department of Correction. It’s no small operation – staffing over 9,000 officers and 1,500 civilians that manage an average daily population of 10,000 inmates.
Among the most recently added buildings is a Nadler Modular Structure custom made to meet the very specific design requirements of the Rikers Island Prison facility.
The Nadler Modular Rikers Island project provides a blended balance of utility and function: an appealing exterior, the latest in modern technology for maximum comfort, and enhanced security features that address the unique requirements necessitated by the structure being located within the walls of one of the world’s largest correctional institutions.
Specifically, the structure includes 15 private offices, 4 executive suites, a customizable conference room with removable walls, a copy room, break room, IT work room, a computer server room with advanced cooling system, and a supply room.
Among the unique features and designs of the structure are 22 enlarged windows to maximize natural lighting during the day while enhancing the exterior design, and for when it gets dark, 360-degree specialized exterior lighting to illuminate the structure for added security.
3: NEW YORK LANDMARK: THE OLMSTED CENTER
Directly adjacent to the famous USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center sits the Olmsted Center which originally served as the administrative building for the 1964/65 World’s Fair before being converted into Parks Department offices.
The NY Parks & Recreation Department embarked on a large construction and rehabilitation project at its Olmsted Center.
To support the Olmsted revitalization project, Nadler built and delivered a custom 30′ x 130′ NYC Coded 11-B Modular Structure with steel siding, a computer raised floor, and drop ceiling. This prefabricated structure is used as office space to replace aging infrastructure around the compound.
NADLER’S HISTORY WITH THE U.S. GOVERNMENT & MILITARY
Nadler Modular Structures has a proud history dating back to its founding over 30 years ago in providing quality modular structures to the U.S. Government and military. As an approved federal GSA contractor, our specialized team has decades of experience in delivering a variety of permanent and temporary modular building solutions. Nadler’s buildings meet specific construction and fabrication requirements for projects located at secure government facilities and other government locations.
For questions or more information on how Nadler Modular can help with your requirements, please fill out this online contact form or call 888-329-6600 to speak with one of our government experts.