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Lodging Magazine wrote a simple yet impacting article on modular’s ever-growing foothold in the conventional construction arena. Hotels are prime candidates for modular construction because you’ll get a quicker ROI (Up to 40% like most other projects) faster, and the repetitive designs are more conducive to the modular manufacturing process. If you think your next construction could benefit, call Mark Line today!



Courtesy of our friends over at Keel Architectural Products, comes this amazing and modern passive prefab kit house.  Four days, a wireless screwdriver, a friend, and this kit of insulating blocks, wooden panels and a CLT frame deliver an attractive and passive house.

The prototype shown here was built in the south of France and the prefab kit was designed by Multipod-Studio.  For those worried that passive homes are too costly up-front, these forward thinking designers are proving that is anything but the case.



The quest to create an affordable, modular home paradigm to satisfy the growing need for housing in the developing world has long been a thought topic for architects, developers, NGOs, and governments worldwide.  It seems the thrust of these efforts have often involved modification of shipping containers.  Here at Mark Line we have experience modifying existing ISO containers and fabricating new containers with custom dimensions.  This idea has some great benefits to recommend it as there are hundreds of thousands of cargo containers spread across the entirety of the world.  In practice though, the modified container solution is rarely as cost effective or appropriate as designers think it will be.  Nearly every opening cut into the container requires steel to be welded back in to maintain structural integrity.  The standard ISO dimensions also aren’t ideal for human habitation.  Inhabitat has a great article about a new idea that has much to recommend it – modular homes fabricated from upcycled shipping pallets.  Designed by two students, the structure is modular, attractive, and affordable.  Read more about the Pallethaus on Inhabitat.


As one of a few Approved Fabricators certified by New York City to deliver site-specific modular construction into the five boroughs, we at Mark Line keep a close eye on the projects that our peers have underway.  In the past year, a number of very impressive modular buildings have been erected in the Big Apple.  One of the most daring, is the B2 Tower at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, just a few blocks from where Mark Line’s urban housing prototype is in use by the City.  Despite the commercial dispute between the developer and the construction manager, this project is still quite innovative and we hope to see our friends at FCS Modular back into fabrication very soon.  Popular Mechanics leads off their October issue with a great in-depth feature that is worth reading here.


The Austrailian modular industry continues to push the envelope of innovation.  Irwin Consult recently announced the completion of what is currently the world’s tallest modular building, which they prepared the structural design for.  The system certainly looks very innovative with preformed columns being filled with concrete to create continuous concrete columns bearing loads down into the foundation.  It is very much worth your time to read their post in its entirety where they detail this innovative modular system.