The five-story building located right next to Temple University’s main campus includes a ground floor parking garage, a bike garage, and a maintenance station topped with four stories of apartments and a roof deck. Thanks to a double-H layout, each apartment at The Modules has access to views and light. Inside there are 72 apartments with either 2 or 3 bedrooms priced at appropriate rental rates that students could afford.
The complex is aiming for LEED Silver certification under the LEED for Homes Mid-rise pilot program, and it is expected to be the largest modular LEED-certified building in the country. The project’s stormwater management system includes a rain garden, a green roof, and pervious pavers that reduce stormwater runoff by 50%. On the exterior of the building is a fiber cement rain screen facade system, that protects the building from the elements.
From start to finish, the entire project was constructed within 9 months. It involved building 80 prefabricated boxes off-site at Excel Homes, and then shipping them to the site where they were put into place. Design took about 3 months before construction commenced, so the total project timeline was one year — impressive for a 80,000 sq ft building.
Jetson Green had a chance to ask Brian Phillips, principal and LEED AP at Interface Studio Architects, a few questions about the process and modular construction. Phillips said, “At this scale there appear to be clear advantages on cost of construction and speed of deployment. This 80,000 square-foot, 5-story building was built from excavation to finish work in 9 months. The ability to fabricate elements of the building outside of Philadelphia County allows for a more competitive labor rate. Also, if time is money – the speed of modular is a savings.”
Via Jetson Green