EPISODE 16: Question Most Asked About Off-Site Construction
TOP 20 QUESTIONS by Steph Voulamandis from Cherokee Lane Elementary School installation week! For answers to these and many more intriguing questions, scroll down to view the other video episodes.
EPISODE 15: The Foundation for Success? The Right Foundation.
FOUNDATION 3.5 stars: Apple TV sci-fi saga of humans under the rule of the Galactic Empire. FOUNDATION II 5 stars: Casey explains best options for offsite construction: crawl space, basement, piling (screw or driven), or slab-on-grade and why. Bonus footage: Steph climbs into the crawl space and performs her “invisible stairs” act!
EPISODE 14: Coordination, Collaboration, Communication, Cooperation
Secret to success? The 4 C’s! In relationships. In life. In offsite construction. Steph, Casey and Scott would NEVER presume to offer you advice about your relationships or your life. But offsite modular construction? They’ll wax rhapsodic about Coordination, Collaboration, Communication, and Cooperation. It’s how we partner with ALL stakeholders to deliver maximum value for our clients.
EPISODE 13: Classrooms Make Stephanie Philosophical
Steph waxes philosophical about Cherokee Lane Elementary School: “We are building the future. This is a classroom that children are going to learn in.” while Casey runs down a checklist of all the features in a typical classroom that are fully completed and installed at the plant: ceiling grid, lighting, electrical, casework, plumbing, tile, fixtures, cubbies, rough-ins for Smartboards/interactive displays and more. Casey also talks about how offsite is able to deliver collaborative learning spaces with expansive, open areas and high ceilings.
EPISODE 12: Look! Up in the Ceiling! It's a Bird! It's a Plane...
“Look! Up in the ceiling! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s SuperMEP! Meticulously planned, efficiently engineered, and carefully built together MEP systems!” Steph and Casey discuss how Building Information Modeling (BIM), clash detection, and “Build Together” construction method deliver elegant MEP systems that flawlessly RE-connect for faster completion for Cherokee Lane Elementary School – and ALL MODLOGIQ offsite modular construction projects.
EPISODE 11: What's a High Hat? (Hint: It's Not a Cymbal)
"LET THERE BE LIGHT!” High hat modules are a smart, cost-effective way to bring in daylighting, expand overhead space, and improve acoustics. Collaborating with Gilbert Architects, we were able to enhance the collaborative learning spaces at Cherokee Lane Elementary School while holding to the budget and maintaining our aggressive schedule. It’s just one more example of how early collaboration with ALL stakeholders produces win-win outcomes. Or in this case: win-win-win! (architect-school-MODLOGIQ)
EPISODE 10: We Value (Verb) Adding Value (Noun)
The first question that people who do NOT know offsite modular construction ask: “Is it cheaper?” But people who DO know and work with us ask: “Is it more efficient to build the stairwells offsite or onsite? What’s a cost-effective way to get more daylighting for the collaborative spaces? What’s the budget impact of making the mechanical room a modular plug-and-play enclosure?” Because they know we add value. Value that’s measured in client-first budgeting, shrewd value engineering, smarter solutions, strong partners, and better buildings.
EPISODE 9: Where Do You Go to Feel Better?
When people think “modular schools,” they typically think of classrooms ONLY. But we’ve earned our advanced degree in K-12. We know from experience the ins-and-outs of collaborative learning areas, tech centers, administrative offices, nurse’s stations, janitorial closets, staff rooms, conference areas, reception desks, restrooms and more. All the essential spaces -- in addition to world-class classrooms -- that make for a best-in-class learning environment. MODLOGIQ’s Pre-Construction Manager Casey Covatta highlights the fixtures, features, and functions we built for the Nurse’s Station at Cherokee Lane Elementary School. 85% completed at our factory in New Holland, PA.
EPISODE 8: Transitioning from Offsite to Onsite
“The kids leave for Spring break. By the time they come back [for fall semester], we have a building that’s ready.” Fred Hughes, MODLOGIQ’s Site Superintendent explains the techniques we use to accelerate completion on-site -- once the modules have been installed. He explains that it’s all about moving the finish line, not building faster: “You [have] a building where it would take 4 months to get the site work ready, and then from there you've got to start building from the foundation up. We have that building ready to go. Within 3 weeks, we have a [65,000 square foot] building set.”
BONUS EPISODE: Halloween Hijinks
We take a break from our continuing series about Cherokee Lane Elementary School to wish you HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
EPISODE 7: Trivia, Tricks and Treats
With Halloween coming up, Steph talks about TREATS at the job site and treats us to a TRICK. She also has the 411 on module identification, exterior fireproofing, conventional vs. offsite, classroom completion, sprinkler drawings, electrical room conduit, fire extinguisher cabinets, and more...
EPISODE 6: Collaboration Is a Team Sport
For real estate: “Location, location, location.” For MODLOGIQ: “Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration.” Scott Heckel, Randy Harding, and Stephanie Voulamandis talk about the teamwork that has made the Cherokee Lane Elementary School project successful so far...and how that collaboration continues to make installation and completion just as successful.
EPISODE 5: Not Connections, But REconnections
We are NOT connecting MEP/HVAC systems at the Cherokee Lane Elementary School job site. We are RE-connecting them. RE-connecting. Because they were originally connected at our factory. And those connections were tested and passed inspection. Then they were DIS-connected for transport. And we will RE-connect them during installation. That’s the beauty of MODLOGIQ’s “Build Together” method. All the MEP and HVAC work, fire suppression systems, drywall, ceilings, etc. are all built together in the fully-assembled modules. Just as they would be built together on a conventional construction project.
EPISODE 4: BIM: Key to Collaboration
MONEY QUOTE: “Well, it depends on what’s best for the client.” That’s Kyle Cross of Gilbert Architects talking about the Cherokee Lane Elementary School project and permanent offsite modular construction. That’s why we love partnering with Gilbert Architects! They share the same collaborative, “client-first” approach as MODLOGIQ. It’s also why we’ve been so successful partnering together on award-winning elementary school projects – including “Best in Show” honors.
EPISODE 3: Bathroom 85% Finished with Tile, Stalls, Sinks, Plumbing and More
The level of completion we achieve is remarkable. With the Cherokee Lane bathrooms, that means everything INCLUDING the bathroom sink! In fact, interiors/exteriors are typically shipped around 75% to 85% complete. This level of completion further accelerates schedules and ensures uniform, superior quality. It also allowed the Cherokee Lane stakeholders to walk through fully-assembled classrooms, offices, and collaboration spaces before the foundations and site prep work were even completed!
EPISODE2: Who Operates The Crane Operator?
“Swinging left” is not a cue from a barn dance caller. It’s part of the crane controller’s lexicon as he directs the operator in the crane cab. Discover who operates the crane operator and find out how the MODLOGIQ crew put this 500-hundred-ton Liebherr Telescopic Truck-Mounted Construction Crane with a super reach to work. The Eisenhart Crane team helped us accelerate the schedule by setting up to 15 modules a day -- possibly breaking a world record for modules set in a 4-day period (60 mods)!
EPISODE 1: Just The Facts
Just the facts, ma’am, just the facts. Social media host #StephanieVoulamandis checks out the Cherokee Lane Elementary School project in Adelphi, MD with members of the MODLOGIQ team.