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Whoever said you can’t be innovative and efficient has never been to Bryan Cranston’s beach house. The star of Breaking Bad has recently decided to go green with the construction of his beach house. When it comes to going green in the construction industry, modular construction is the only way to go.

In the 1950s, modular construction garnered the majority of its business from mobile homes or temporary housing and storage, glitz and glamour was far from the top of an architect’s mind. As time progressed so has the industry’s willingness to develop and do more with less. It comes down to dollars and sense, and being able to deliver a project in a shorter time-frame at a lower price without sacrificing quality is a no-brainer. Bryan Cranston wanted “both form and function” when designing his house, which is illustrated in the guest bedroom, which features a couch that can easily transform into a bed in seconds.


The house itself was constructed with recycled materials and includes solar panels on the roof, which has virtually cut the electricity bill in half each month. Most people think about going green as an alternative approach to building the house of their dream, but through careful planning and construction, innovation and efficiency can go hand-in-hand.


Bryan Cranston is one of the first celebrities to take advantage of modular construction, but with Hollywood’s desire to go green, he most certainly won’t be the last.


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Mark Line employees decided to join in the holiday spirits early this year by sponsoring a mother and her two children. Employees set out to raise $500 for a single mother of two, an 8 year old daughter and 6 year old son who was diagnosed with autism, and exceeded expectations by raising over $1500. The generous donations helped buy presents for the entire family.

Besides being skilled craftsmen, our team in Pennsylvania is also generous.


Construction is underway for the East Bank Flats apartment complex, which will stand 5 stories tall and include a pool on the rooftop. The building will sit on a lot near Colfax and Sycamore at the rear of East Bank Town homes.The first floor will host commercial space, while the remaining four floors will host apartments.

The project is scheduled to be completed in April of this year as construction has already been underway at a nearby factory, which helped expedite the construction schedule.

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Mark Line’s own John Morrison will be presenting at World of Modular 2015 in Las Vegas on Monday March 16th.  He will be discussing Mark Line’s urban housing program and prototype, the result of a design-build collaboration with AMSS, Garrison-Architects and the City of New York, producing the nation’s first urban density interim housing solution.

Read more and register here.


CMD is out with their latest data on non-residential starts.  Interpret the numbers as you wish, but sectors served by prefabrication and modularization appear to be ticking upward – particularly hospitality (a market particularly well-suited to highly finished volumetric units) and healthcare (a sector with increasing prevalence of the use of limited prefabricated components).


Low-end fiber cement products can be found cladding relocatable modular buildings across the country.  For buildings like this, residential grade fiber cement products work perfectly well at a competitive price point.  But for a high-traffic, permanent and site-specific modular building such as a hotel, high-density fiber cement is preferable.

Or it was until we learned of the Ultra High Performance Concrete Panels fabricated in the U.S. by TAKTL.  These glass fiber reinforced concrete panels take the durability factor of fiber cement to an even higher level and introduce custom textures and patterns.

Check their products out for yourself and keep your eyes peeled in 2015 as you may just see this product cladding a forthcoming Mark Line project.


We think Vaproshield has one of the best products out there for weather resistive barriers in rainscreen envelope design.  Their self-adhering sheets work very well in the indoor fabrication environment and even further accelerate the construction process in comparison to mechanically fastened products.

Our friends at Vaproshield recently featured our collaboration in NYC on their site, saying:

WRAPSHIELD SA® SELF-ADHERED was a logical choice for Mark Line Industries and the project team. The product provides the 12’ by 40’ units superior protection against changing weather. WRAPSHIELD SA® SELF-ADHERED helps to regulate air flow to keep units cool in the summer and warm in the winter, thus reducing energy costs. The product’s vapor permeability can reduce the effects of moisture damage such as mold, mildew and rot to assist in ensuring the units’ lasting structural integrity. VaproShield products contain zero VOCs, meeting Mark Line Industries’ rigorous sustainable design build standard.

Many readers of our blog may have noticed that Mark Line has moved upmarket recently and has been delivering architecturally demanding, urban modular buildings in places like New York City.  One challenge is fire protection.  The standard answer for this is cast in place concrete, which Mark Line is very familiar with, but we are always seeking innovation and ways to further compress the construction timeline.

Cast in place concrete takes time to pour and reinforce slabs (whether with welded wire mesh or rebar) and in the accelerated construction arena, slabs introduce an element of cure time.  For a year round builder like Mark Line, this is also problematic in winter.  Finally, the weight of the finished volumetric unit can dictate a larger size of crane in the field, introducing added costs.

One solution we have found is Structocrete from USG.  It is a non-combustible panel that provides similar fire protection properties while weighing less than a cast in place slab or precast.  We recently used this product on our NYC Urban Housing Project.