Modular Construction


With full-service facilities in Canada and the United States, NRB consistently challenges conventional construction methods, delivering industrial, commercial, institutional and retail buildings of impressive design, finish, durability and performance.

Noted for architectural excellence, technical innovation, cost efficiency and Green building practices, NRB modular construction has been used for everything from a 50 sq. ft. toll booth to permanent multi-storey school buildings of 60,000 sq. ft. or more.

At NRB, the term "modular" simply defines a method of construction - a building created off-site under controlled conditions, transported to the site in modules, and installed on the foundation. Manufactured with wood frame, steel frame or steel with in-plant poured concrete floors, NRB structures are typically more durable than traditionally built facilities because they are engineered to withstand the rigors of transportation and installation, and they meet all National Building Codes.

From concept to completion, our experienced team of professionals can work with you to ensure you receive precisely what you need. With NRB modular construction, you get "Best in Class" buildings and service with the permanence and performance of conventional construction, at competitive prices, faster.

Ahead of the Curve
It's no secret that the modular building industry essentially evolved from generations of temporary space applications. But for years now, there has been a gradual and dynamic divergence within the industry that has seen a newer, more sophisticated class of permanent modular construction emerge. NRB has been at the forefront of that change, fulfilling a leadership position in its ongoing development. Owners and architects are looking to permanent modular construction as a financially viable, time sensitive alternative to conventional construction in a growing number of market segments.

The Expedited Construction Process
Without question, the leading clear-cut advantage to NRB permanent modular construction is the reduced construction schedule. Time to market is critical – especially if it means generating revenues, or accommodating staff, students or patients sooner.

Conventional construction is progressive from start to finish, where modular construction overlaps building construction with site development. The result? The dovetailing of these two phases of a project can give an owner weeks or months of time-savings on his or her construction schedule.

Optimum Permanence and Performance
Whether you need wood or steel framing, we begin with an engineered structural design. Our "5000 series" steel construction for example, uses structural steel post and beam construction, and then we pre-pour the concrete floor here at our plant to replace the typical "slab on grade". From there, we build in everything you need. Exteriors can be finished in site applied face brick, or plant applied architectural aluminum panels, stucco, metal, curtain wall or any other building finish or combinations you might choose. Interiors are customized to suit your requirements, and all finishes at the module joints are completed at the site so that, when finished, your new building has the same look and feel as if it was built right there from the ground up.

Design Flexibility
At NRB, we work closely with you to ensure that you get exactly what you want. The array of options, architectural features and finishes available to you are the same as those found in conventional construction. From the complete building envelope assembly including finish, thermal protection, fire ratings and loads, to glazing, storefronts, ceramics, and cabinets, through to mechanical, electrical, plumbing, sprinkler, and fire alarm systems, your new facility is building code compliant, designed to suit your needs and your location.

"Build-Together" Advantage
At NRB we found the “best practice” in modular building was to bring all the pieces together, and put the assembly line away. Why? Because "best practice" to us means that the building sections have to be aligned so fit and finish are exact. It means that the complexity of the mechanical and electrical systems we utilize today need to be run right through the building, horizontally or vertically so they can be checked and tested before shipping. Building together allows us to preinstall items like millwork, fitting all the cabinets in place and then removing sections that cross over the module lines for shipping. The process guarantees that what was built together at our plant will go together at the site without question, so installation time and costs are kept to a minimum.

Project Management Made Easier
Less work and time spent on managing the construction project, means more time to spend on other areas that are more conducive to your own core business and productivity. Our experienced Project Coordinators will work with you and your team every step of the way to ensure that the transition between our plant and your site is seamless and synchronized.

Cleaner Sites and Reduced Disruption
According to the U.S. and Canadian Green Buildings Councils initiative, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)*, Sustainable Sites include Reduced Site Disturbance and Erosion and Sediment Control. With modular construction, there is far less construction on site so the area is much cleaner, meaning fewer pollutants of dust and particulate matter and less disturbance to the existing surroundings during construction. Shorter time, cleaner areas and significantly reduced activity on the site also mean better safety and security for your project, with less disruption to your day-to-day business.

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