PREFAB FRIDAY: Triumph SmartSpace

by , 03/09/07

SmartSpace, Triumph SmartSpace, modular classroom, prefab school, prefab classroom, prefab architecture

As you may have noticed, many of our recent prefab posts have been non-residential, from ProjectFrog’s modular classrooms, to Hotel Everland and Toby Long’s interview regarding the possibilities for prefab to expand into more commercial markets. We’re constantly impressed by the modern prefab houses being built, but also love to see prefab being applied to more public structures. New England-based modular building company Triumph’s SmartSpace design serves as a great example- and last December they successfully installed and opened their first prefab classroom in Lincoln, Massachusetts. The highly-innovative building system epitomizes prefab “speed, style, and sustainability,” can be adapted to virtually any site, and ready to inhabit in as little as 60 days. And if there was any question as to the green-ness of the structures, the SmartSpace website proudly lists their Top 10 Reasons SmartSpace is Green, which include everything from recycled carpet tiles and steel to daylighting and efficient HVAC systems.

While the first built and installed SmartSpace is being used as a classroom, the system lends itself to a variety of functions, from medical facilities to retail outfits, and more. The structures are available in 2 “stock” sizes, one of which is LEED-certified, and also offers customization services for more specialized projects from one to five stories, 500 to 50,000 square feet. And with its impressive list of eco-friendly and high-performance technologies and materials, SmartSpace is a great example of what prefab can and should stand for- efficiency, sustainability, and flexibility.

+ Triumph SmartSpace

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  1. BERN April 10, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    I’d like to know if anyone has built one of these to live in year round as a home. I would think they are pretty affordable. If you have any knowledge please share. Thanks

  2. Pedro March 10, 2007 at 12:23 am

    Can someone help me find more sites about architectural prefab homes built in New England? I’m in CT and I’d like to see designs built in this area. A project like this would be something I’d like to research for a possible future home. Thanks.

  3. The Revolution Corporation March 9, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    Looks almost exactly like a Ford lube-center I designed in the late 90s… It contained a lot of the same eco systems, same Ford-blue detailing, & that sure looks like a roll up door in the middle there. Too bad it’s not… The student’s would love an open-air classroom on those nice days. OK, this is definitely better than the typical trailer classroom, but why why why does modular still translate as — low ceiling, flat roof, trailer ?

    “…what prefab can and should stand for – efficiency, sustainability, and flexibility.”

    —– afFORDability —- ???

  4. Daniel Michael March 9, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    Interesting. Very reminiscent of Rocio Romero’s LV House with steel siding instead of galvume. I’m not wild about the blue trim, but it can apparently be painted any color. The website seems very extensive in most respects but I couldn’t find any mention of price. Any idea?
    I hate to keep harping but it seem’s like the biggesy impediment to widespread adoption. These guy’s at least seem like they have a better grasp of manufacturing issues than most of the new eco pre-fab designers.

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