EPHRATA, PA, USA, July 25, 2012 - NRB (USA) is the proud recipient of two Eagle Merit Awards for ‘Excellence in Construction’ from the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). One for the Montgomery County Prison Dormitory project and the other for the West Reading School project. Each year the Keystone Chapter of ABC honors the best of the best in multiple categories of traditional design and construction projects. This is the second time that they have recognized a design for a project that was built off site. The first was last year for our Bryn Athyn Student Residences Project.
“We are pleased with NRB’s success at this year’s awards, and are honoured to be recognized for the second year in a row. At NRB, we strive for the advancement of permanent off-site construction technology, and these awards are a testament to our clients, our staff and the modular construction process.” states Donald F. Engle, Jr., General Manager, NRB USA.
The Montgomery County Correctional Facility (MCCF) dormitory was completed in just ten months after two years of planning by MCCF. This 512-bed dormitory facility incorporates four, two-story modular dormitory wings interconnected by a site-built core building which contains ramps and stairs; allowing access to each of the other wings. Access to the existing Administration Building will be provided via a modular connector link, approximately 268 feet long with a sloped floor and elevation change of eight-feet.
The West Reading Elementary Center was completed in less than eight months, and included the interior renovation of an existing 50 year old facility as well as a two-story addition. Meeting an extremely tight schedule, the renovations/foundations were completed while the addition was constructed at the NRB plant, saving time and allowing the project to come in under budget. The addition was designed to match the existing school with the exterior finished in face brick and architectural aluminum panels to match the school’s signage. Throughout the project, energy and resource conservation methods were applied, including low flow plumbing fixtures, energy saving ballasts, high efficiency HVAC, and related equipment. The West Reading Elementary project also received a First Place in the category ‘Permanent Modular, Education under 5,000 square feet’, at the MBI Awards of Distinction event held in March, 2012 Orlando.
According to Laurie Robert, NRB’s VP of Sales and Marketing, off-site modular construction is an inherently “greener” process. “Building off-site in a controlled environment not only improves waste management and the construction quality, but it also significantly reduces the on-site activity so disruption, vehicle traffic, workforce travel and disturbance to the surrounding community are minimized”.