Portable Military Offices

Modular offices are an excellent alternative to conventional stick-built offices in military applications. They are portable, affordable, and can be deployed quickly to serve an immediate need anywhere in the world.

Whether intended to be temporary or permanent, modular buildings are ideal for military offices and administrative space, training space, classrooms, storage, equipment shelters, and Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIF), as well as for barracks and dormitories, kitchens, dining facilities, and showers.

Portable Military Offices

Modular Military Applications

A Modular Building Institute article entitled “Military Goes Modular” discusses some of the unique military applications for modular construction that have been deployed at the U.S. Army’s Fort Dix and the U.S. Coast Guard’s Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.

Another example is the MILCON Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing (UEPH) Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Barracks at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. The 116,480-square-foot modular construction project involved a 272 room, 4-story modular building. The barracks facility houses U.S. combat troops and was built to meet the Army’s rigid Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (AT/FP) construction standards and progressive collapse requirements for buildings three stories and above. The building achieved LEED Silver.

Modular Genius, a GSA Schedule Contract Holder GS-07F-0124W in Joppa, MD, has completed many modular building projects for various branches of the U.S. military, including a “green” temporary prefab office building at the U.S. Air Force’s Andrews Air Force Base, a cafeteria/command center at the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground, and large administrative support facilities for the U.S. Navy’s Patuxent River Naval Air Systems Command. They also received a 2013 Award of Distinction from the Modular Building Institute for a dormitory built for the U.S. Coast Guard at Aviations Logistic Center Elizabeth City.

Advantages of Modular Construction 

When faced with rapid troop movement and urgent training requirements, often in remote locations, modular construction offers numerous advantages compared to design-bid-build projects.

  • Can be built to meet Federal government standards for all specific mission requirements, including DoD Minimum Antiterrorism Standards
  • Completion time is 40% faster than stick-built structures
  • Can be manufactured, delivered and installed at a prepared site in a matter of weeks
  • Controlled factory environment minimizes risks from volatile weather, material shortages, vandalism and theft
  • Minimal on-site disruption reduces security risks
  • Higher quality than conventional site-built projects, particularly in areas of the world where skilled labor is unavailable
  • Architectural designs can complement those of existing buildings
  • Innovations include bullet-resistant glass, proximity and position-monitoring door hardware, and pre-wiring for TV and data communication
  • Modules can be securely wrapped and transported from the closest manufacturing facility to a US shipping port for shipment overseas
  • Can be quickly moved and reconfigured, or eliminated when no longer needed
  • Competitive pricing and measurable financial benefits over the life of the facility
  • Unlimited number of designs and floor plans available

Whether you need permanent or portable offices, training centers, barracks, health clinics, or other specialized military facilities, innovative modular buildings can provide an accelerated solution at a fraction of the cost.

Temporary Office Buildings

Efficiency and economy are the objective of all construction projects; but, unlike traditional bricks-and-mortar construction, modular temporary office buildings can, in fact, accomplish this goal.

If your budget and occupancy timeframe won’t permit you to build a conventional stick-built structure, don’t overlook modular offices. Nearly any conceivable design can be achieved – from single-story to multi-story complexes – ranging in size from under 1,000 sq. ft. to more than 20,000 sq. ft., with pre-installed electrical, HVAC, plumbing and fire suppression systems.

Temporary Office Buildings

To demonstrate the innovative capabilities in modular office construction, let’s take a look at several recent winners of Awards of Distinction from the Modular Building Institute, the industry’s premier awards program:

Relocatable modular office buildings from Modular Genius were awarded First Place in 2014. The combined areas, built for the Frelinghuysen Middle School in New Jersey, totaled 4,256 sq. ft., with eight offices, two conference rooms, reception and waiting areas, work rooms, storage rooms, and restrooms.

For enhanced energy efficiency, the buildings were constructed with different insulation materials in the floors, exterior walls, interior walls and roof, an energy efficient rooftop package HVAC system, and high-performance double insulated low E-clear windows with Argon gas. The project was completed in 68 days.

The 27,000 sq. ft. Kamloops Business Office modular office building in British Columbia was installed on First Nations land, so the project’s long-term environmental impact received special attention.

Power smart appliances, bottle-free water filtration, low flow toilets, water based paints and water based adhesives were all used to promote environmental stewardship. Low E windows were installed to promote energy savings. The project houses 104 employee work stations and was completed in 194 days.

Advantages of Modular Construction

Temporary office buildings can be designed and delivered in about half the time it takes to build a conventional building.  They are also far more resource-efficient, and offer:

  • Open designs with better use of natural light
  • Cost savings that average 20%
  • Better control of indoor air quality
  • Efficient automatic sensors for lights and heating systems
  • Energy costs reduced by as much as 10% to 40%
  • No-VOC/ low-VOC wall and floor coverings with fewer toxins
  • Better fire and mold resistance
  • Points earned toward LEED certification
  • Can be relocated, repurposed and/or recycled when no longer needed
  • Useful life of over 50 years with minimal maintenance

Modular buildings are fabricated in a factory at the same time that grading and foundations are being prepared at the construction site. Plumbing and electrical wiring are pre-installed, and quality control inspections are completed before the modules leave the factory. Modules are delivered to the construction site on specialized flatbed trucks and are 80-90% complete when they arrive.

Prefab buildings can be adapted to complement surrounding architecture, with exterior finishes such as brick, stucco, siding and other architectural surfaces. Once assembled, your temporary office building will be virtually indistinguishable from a conventionally built office building.

Modular buildings are ideally suited for these and many other types of offices:

  • Business and sales offices
  • Medical/dental/veterinary offices
  • In-plant offices
  • Mobile office space
  • Jobsite project management offices
  • Guard and security offices
  • Modular office swing space

Modular office buildings are a cost-effective alternative whether your need for more space is temporary or permanent, and will provide you and your employees with maximum comfort without sacrificing design and quality.

Modular Healthcare Buildings

Modular construction is faster and less expensive compared to traditional stick-built construction. Modular buildings can help you create state-of-the-art healthcare facilities to serve patients, doctors and hospital staff.

These temporary or permanent buildings can be completely customized to meet your needs. From digital imaging facilities to medical office space to testing labs to patient rooms, nothing is too large or difficult. Modular construction is the quickest way to expand the footprint of your healthcare center with minimal site and patient disruption.

Design them as standalone buildings or add on to your current medical facilities. An unlimited number of design options enable the modules to blend with the existing architecture of neighboring buildings.

Modular Healthcare Buildings

Award-Winning Modular Designs 

  • LSU Interprofessional Primary Care Clinic

Modular Genius in Joppa, Maryland, won a 2016 Award of Distinction from the Modular Building Institute for the 3,535 sq. ft. temporary healthcare clinic they built for the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

The Interprofessional Clinic for the School of Dentistry and Nursing was needed quickly to serve the community. The modular building was designed to match similar visual aesthetics of the surrounding campus.

Off-site construction included installation of features inside the building, such as laminate counter tops, exam room sinks, counters, cabinets, plumbing, electric for dental chairs, and interior finishes such as floor covering and drop ceilings.

  • The Ida G. Israel Community Health Center

Another 2016 Award of Distinction winner in the healthcare category was the Ida G. Israel Community Health Center, which was built to replace a clinic lost in Hurricane Sandy. The building incorporates dental, behavioral health and substance abuse clinics that meet the stringent NYC building codes and Dept. of Health regulations.

The building was designed with minimal interior columns to allow for maximum flexibility in use. It featured high-efficiency, energy saving interior light fixtures with occupancy sensor controls in all rooms, low VOC paints, high-efficiency natural gas HVAC units, a reflective white modified Bit roofing and large windows for natural day lighting with insulated glazing.

The clinic meets the critical HVAC requirements of a healthcare facility by utilizing roof top air handlers, VAV boxes and supplemental cooling systems for IT/Data, all of which are controlled by a state-of-the-art building control system.

Flexible Applications & Fast Completion

Healthcare facilities already struggle to accommodate new treatments and technologies within tight budgets. Modular designs add a level of flexibility that can result in less down time and increased revenue.

The turnaround time between design approval and occupancy of a modular building is at least 40% faster than conventional design-bid-build structures and can often be completed in as little as eight to ten weeks.

Modular solutions are ideal for:

  • Medical / Dental Office Buildings
  • Acute Care Treatment Centers
  • Ambulatory / Outpatient Facilities
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Diagnostic Imaging Facilities
  • Emergency Room Expansions
  • Dialysis Centers
  • Physical Therapy Centers
  • Rehab Centers
  • Community Wellness Centers
  • Pharmacies
  • Waiting Rooms
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Gift Shops and Retail Space

There is literally no type of healthcare building that cannot be designed and manufactured in a modular manner, and you may be surprised at the many benefits they can offer. From medical and dental clinics to research laboratories to community hospitals, modular buildings allow organizations to reduce costs, enjoy a higher return on investment, and accelerate construction timelines.