Innovative Modular Solutions Once Again Recognized by the Modular Building Institute

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Innovative Modular Solutions receives Honorable Mention for permanent modular education building at modular industry’s annual conference.

Old Redford Academy Middle School Addition

"We are especially proud of this building because it allowed for a sustainable addition to be seamlessly incorporated with a century old structure.”
- Kevin Maiden, Vice President of IMS

Innovative Modular Solutions (IMS), headquartered in Bolingbrook, Illinois, received an Honorable Mention award at the annual Modular Building Institute (MBI) Convention on March 26 in Orlando, Florida.

MBI’s Awards of Distinction recognizes modular construction projects that demonstrate architectural excellence, technical innovation, cost effectiveness, energy efficiency, and an accelerated construction timeline.

IMS and the project team met the criteria with a two-story modular addition to an existing historic building at Old Redford Academy Middle School located in Detroit, MI. The 20,000 square foot addition was installed and secured in 5 days and consists of 14 classrooms, 2 science labs, restrooms and 2 stairwells that were all connected to the existing building. The wood detailing in the interior and the brick exterior allow the addition to blend seamlessly to the existing 100-year-old building.

The addition was designed with several sustainable features, including a high-efficiency heating and cooling system that allows for remote monitoring and control. The system utilizes 95% efficiency gas furnaces with energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) and carbon dioxide sensors in all occupied spaces. The ERVs use tempered air that is normally exhausted from buildings to pre-condition untempered fresh air that is introduced.

Additional green features include increased insulation, low E glass, recyclable carpet tile, lighting controlled by occupancy sensors, automatic fixtures, and hand dryers in restrooms. The building was also constructed to support a green roof in the future.

Each year the Awards of Distinction are given to recognize the best modular building construction projects completed by MBI members. An impartial panel of industry and non-industry construction and code experts, architects, engineers, and marketing professionals review each entry.

“It is an honor for IMS to win an award for the fourth consecutive year,” commented Kevin Maiden, Vice President of IMS. “We attribute all of our awards to our committed and dedicated, employees, vendors and sub-contractors. We are also honored to have great customers that allow the modular industry to provide a high-end product that both looks and performs very well. We are especially proud of this building because it allowed for a sustainable addition to be seamlessly incorporated with a century old structure.”

About Modular Buildings
Modular buildings utilize the resource efficient process of factory-built construction, where the initial construction occurs in a controlled manufacturing environment. Partially finished modules are transported to the project site for completion. Modular buildings can be used for both temporary and permanent applications and are appropriate for a wide variety of uses, including schools, medical facilities and commercial offices. The advantages include the speed of construction, product flexibility, financing options, and overall cost. Additionally, the modular construction process is inherently green as it offers waste minimization, material efficiency and minimal site disruption.

About the Modular Building Institute
The Modular Building Institute is the non-profit trade association representing companies around the world involved in the manufacturing and distribution of commercial factory-built structures. MBI provides services and promotes professionalism through communication, education, and recognition. Dedicated to enhancing the future growth of the industry, MBI encourages innovation and quality among its members.

About Innovative Modular Solutions
Established in 1999, Innovative Modular Solutions is dedicated to building high quality learning and working environments. IMS’ focus on providing their customers with consistent and professional service, has led us to become a leading provider of modular buildings for temporary or permanent use. Since 1999, IMS has provided time conscious and cost saving building solutions maintaining a high standard of quality. With a long list of satisfied customers, IMS can serve any modular building need. For more information, please visit

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