Education

Millmont School, Reading, PA

Overview

This elementary and magnet school is an example of hybrid onsite and offsite construction at its best, blending the advantages of each to build an architecturally stunning school on a tight ‘V’ shaped lot within a short period of time.

Traditional onsite construction was used for the light-filled two-story atrium, cafeteria, gym and mechanical spaces. The 88 steel and concrete modular units for the school wings were crane-set on a spider web of structural steel supports in the underground parking garage. There was no room for error—but NRB had preassembled all buildings at the plant to ensure precision fit within strict tolerances.

Design innovations include a living roof over the underground garage, which is used as a teaching tool for children, and cantilevering two modules to form a balcony over the front entrance.

The project showcases what is possible when an architect, general contractor and modular manufacturer collaborate on innovative, cost-effective designs.

Details

Building Size:

98,000 sq. ft.

Project Timeline:

12 months

Awards:

First Place, Best of Show and Judges Choice, Modular Building Institute Awards

We are very proud of Millmont and feel it was a great success. I admit I as skeptical about the use of modular construction at first, but now I am a believer. You did an outstanding job – your project team is a real asset!

– Thomas W. Gilbert, AIA CEFPI, President, Gilbert Architects

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