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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!

http://lodgingmagazine.com/building-piece-by-piece-with-modular-construction/

 

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Mark Line Industries along with Mosaic Capital Group continue to position themselves as leaders and innovators in the modular construction world. John Morrison, VP, Business Development, Mark Line Industries and Joe Blockno, Managing Partner, Mosaic Capital Group will be hosting educational sessions at the 2016 World of Modular Annual Convention and Tradeshow from March 17th t0 March 20th in San Diego, CA. Contact our sales department today and work with the group that other groups learn from!

From the Modular Building Institute:

“As modular construction has evolved from temporary facilities where blueprints for the ‘real’ building were stored, to a modern method used to construct even very complex buildings, the financial, development, design and construction aspects have similarly become more complex. Mosaic Capital Group and their family of companies, including modular fabricator Mark Line Industries, offer a unique and panoramic view of permanent modular construction (PMC) from the perspectives of every stakeholder involved in a PMC project. Mr. Morrison and Mr. Blockno will discuss the financial implications of modular construction and how it is viewed by typical lenders, REITs and private equity, the considerations of a developer, the perspective of the A/E/C team and their interface with the modular fabricator, and those of the end user, operator, or building occupant.”

http://www.modular.org/HtmlPage.aspx?name=2016_world_of_modular_welcome

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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.

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The FutureHAUS prototype being researched and designed by Virginia Tech Center for Design Research (long been a driver for innovation in industrial and modular fabrication) has its first completed deliverable:  a prefab, precision-cut kitchen “cartridge” heavily embedded with the latest technology.  This research project is supported by Mark Line Modular with modular consulting by our own John Morrison as well as the Modular Building Institute.  The initial component of cartridge will be shown early next year at the nation’s major Kitchen and Bath expo.  Read the full coverage and view more images over at Architizer.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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Google Glass and augmented reality are interesting concepts that we are waiting for with great anticipation.  We submitted a (non-winning) entry to Google’s prototype contest that asked “what would you do with Glass”.  This brainstorming exercise really got us interested in what commercial augmented reality products like Glass could do when coupled with modular fabrication and parametric design software like BIM.  3D models of a building could be overlaid in the user’s field of vision allowing them to see what they are to build in real-time.  Such “hands free” blueprint technology could really improve the already great efficiency on the modular shop floor.  What other ideas do you have for how this technology could be utilized in the building sector?

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The Mark Line family of companies recently welcomed a new member – a 3D printer.  Our sister company, Look Trailers, is currently using it to 3D print full-size models of parts and components.  Mark Line is excited to use the printer to create scale models of volumetric units to truly help clients and staff alike to visualize a completed unit as it will be built.  As a company that prides itself on innovation, we feel 3D printing technology, along with modular construction, will soon disrupt the construction industry as a whole.  Already, in Shanghai a company is 3D printing full scale homes out of a concrete polymer, and in Amsterdam a group of architects is endeavoring to 3D print a canal house.  Beyond even 3D printing, scientists at MIT recently announced they had successfully completed a prototype of 4D printing, meaning self-folding strands of 3D printed material.  This makes us consider the day when a wall can be 4D printed and automatically form raceways for electrical and mechanical systems automatically.  What do you think?