Innovative Modular Solutions Once Again Recognized by the Modular Building Institute

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

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"We are also honored to have great diverse and open minded customers that allow the modular industry to provide a high-end product that both looks and performs very well."

Innovative Modular Solutions (IMS), headquartered in Bolingbrook, Illinois, received an Honorable Mention award at the annual Modular Building Institute (MBI) Convention on March 20 in Phoenix, AZ.

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 modular facility which provided a much needed upgraded building for the cosmetology program at Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) in Ashland, KY.

The 5,982 square foot building was designed to blend as seamlessly as possible into the surrounding campus, which involved saving as many trees as possible at the site. All plumbing and electrical needed for the styling and service stations and a limited sprinkler system was performed offsite, reducing the project schedule and cost.

The building was designed with several sustainable features including energy efficient lay-in lights coupled with occupancy sensors and an HVAC system that utilizes electric heat pumps with programmable thermostats and CO2 sensors, giving ACTC a cost effective, energy efficient solution.

The program now houses state of the art facilities for 48 students including a full-service salon for hair, skin and nail services, along with classrooms and offices. The salon is open to the public for students to be able to learn their trade, which includes haircuts, color and styling, manicures, pedicures, facials, skin care, and scalp treatments.

Additionally students gain experience styling wigs through the Stepping Stones program which
provides free wigs and wig maintenance to people suffering hair loss due to chemotherapy. A private entrance was installed at the rear of the building to allow the chemotherapy patients to discreetly come for free wigs and related services.

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 and engineers, and marketing professionals review each entry.

“It is again an honor for IMS to win an award for the fifth consecutive year,” commented Kevin Maiden, Vice President of IMS. “We attribute all of our awards to our committed and dedicated employees, vendors and subcontractors. We are also honored to have great diverse and open minded 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 of its diverse use for vocational education.”

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 modular buildings, including modular classrooms, modular offices and other commercial modular environments. IMS is focused on providing customers with consistent, professional service. As a result, IMS has become a leading provider of modular buildings for temporary or permanent space throughout the Continental United States. For more information, please visit

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