Williams Scotsman Receives MBI Award

BALTIMORE — The Modular Building Institute (MBI) has recognized Williams Scotsman, an Algeco Scotsman company, with first place awards for two of the firm’s relocatable and permanent modular projects. The awards honor innovation and design excellence within the commercial modular space industry, and were presented at the annual MBI Awards of Distinction ceremony on March 24.

Williams Scotsman, a provider of modular space and storage solutions in North America, was recognized for its relocatable modular project at the Potomac Shores Welcome Center in Dumbries, VA, as well as its work with Saltar’s Point Elementary in Steilacoom, Wash. The Saltar’s Point Elementary project in particular featured development and installation of a permanent, two-classroom modular education facility to accommodate the school’s growing population.

Workers completed the Saltar’s Point Elementary modular addition in fall 2013, adding more than 2,000 square feet of learning space to the school campus. The building comprises eight modular sections, with four on the lower building layout, and four size-matched roof sections. Those roof sections were factory complete with windows, exposed trusses and most mechanical systems. The pre-fabricated building was largely constructed off-site, allowing for a quick on-site installation process. All finishing work was conducted over the summer of 2013, and was completed in time for fall classes.

The facility’s yellow and grey exterior was specifically designed to compliment the existing school aesthetic. It features a front clerestory design with east-facing fixed windows, and a high, sloping shed-style roof. The two classrooms are joined by an angled entry porch, which both compliments and contrasts the angled roof.

The Modular Building Institute is a non-profit trade association that represents the manufacturers, dealers, and suppliers of commercial factory-built structures. MBI member companies manufacture, install, and service virtually every type of building application, for both temporary and permanent use.

An impartial panel of experts served as judges for the commercial building awards, and based their reviews on architectural excellence, technical innovation, cost effectiveness/energy efficiency, and calendar days to complete. To be considered, projects had to be intended as commercial structures, and all had to be of mobile or modular construction.

“The MBI awards provide an opportunity to showcase some of our recent innovations in modular space solutions from the past year,” said Brad Soultz, president of Williams Scotsman. “We enjoy a long history of serving the education sector, and we’ve proven again this year that we are a leader in that category. Williams Scotsman is proud to deliver permanent modular and temporary classroom solutions to accommodate any project need.”