GRIMSBY, ON, CANADA, and EPHRATA, PA, USA, 2011 - NRB received four awards for excellence in building design and construction at the recent MBI World of Modular, Awards of Distinction event held in Las Vegas NV on March 14, 2011. This year, NRB won both first place and the prestigious Best of Show in its category for the Bryn Athyn Student Residences, and two Honorable Mentions; one for the Canadian Tire Retail Convenience Store (a LEED Silver applicant) and one for the University of Toronto Varsity Stadium Ticket Booth. Each year, the Modular Building Institute (MBI) hosts its international industry convention during which the Awards of Distinction, a highlight of the conference, recognizes the best projects in permanent commercial modular construction, scored by a panel of judges in four categories; architectural excellence, technical innovation, cost effectiveness / energy efficiency, and calendar days to complete.
"We are very pleased with NRB's success at this year's conference. We have been dedicated to the advancement of permanent off-site construction technology for many years, and these awards are a testament to our clients, and the NRB teams who help us reach these levels of recognition." Laurie Robert, VP Sales and Marketing.
The 3 Bryn Athyn College residence buildings are luxuriously wrapped in cut stone and each contain six apartment style suites, ceramic tiled floors in common areas, quartz countertops and above all, "old world" charm, and were completed in just over 8 months. NRB's innovative use of "faux" chimneys on each building housed the lower floor ADA compliant laundry room and carries the mechanicals from the basement to the third floor suites.
The University of Toronto's designer and NRB worked closely together on the Varsity Stadium Ticket Booth to incorporate ticket wickets with speaker vents and accessible pass-under deal slots. The aesthetic result was a retro-1950's diner style appearance with patterned stainless steel walls, accented ticket wickets and wall mounted dome lights. Modular construction not only saved the University on costs but it solved a fundamental problem most institutions face - ongoing construction on campus during the school year.
The Canadian Tire Convenience Store located in Trenton, ON was created to ensure the owner's image and brand identity were at the forefront of the design. The store features white reflective roofing, high efficiency lighting, low flush toilets and hands free faucets, all contributing to the companies target for a LEED Silver certification.
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".
About The Modular Building Institute Awards of Distinction
Founded in 1983, the Modular Building Institute (MBI) is the only international non-profit trade association serving non-residential modular construction. MBI Awards of Distinction are the commercial modular industry's premiere awards program, offering competition in over 30 categories for MBI members: building manufacturers, dealers, and product and service providers. Each entry is reviewed by an impartial panel of industry and non-industry construction and code experts, architects and engineers, and marketing professionals.
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