Triumph Modular and NRB Win “Best of Show” at the 2017 Modular Building Institute Awards of Distinction

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Pagliuca Life Lab at Harvard University receives top honors in international modular competition.

Pagliuca Life Lab, Harvard University Modular Building

Pagliuca Life Lab, Harvard University

“We are so pleased to be acknowledged with our partner Triumph Modular in receiving these prestigious industry Awards of Distinction." Laurie Robert, VP Sales & Marketing at NRB, Inc.

Triumph Modular Incorporated, and manufacturing partner NRB Inc., both long time members of the Modular Building Institute (MBI), an international modular trade organization, were awarded First Place, as well as the prestigious Best of Show in the permanent modular category for the Pagliuca Life Lab at Harvard University. The awards were presented at the 34th Annual World of Modular Awards of Distinction in Tucson, AZ. The MBI awards program showcases the industry’s most advanced and innovative modular projects across the world.

Harvard University engaged design firm Shepley Bulfinch and modular specialist Triumph Modular in pre-construction, as well as called on NRB and Shawmut Design & Construction to join the team in a deep collaborative effort to coordinate, design and build the 15,000 square foot wet lab. The Pagliuca Life Lab is made up of 33 modules, which were built off site by NRB. As a result of thoughtful planning and execution, the team was able to meet the owner’s desire to expedite the schedule to enable the critical work of the life lab to begin as soon as possible. Using the latest practices in modular construction, which includes concurrent activities on and off the project site, resulting in a compressed schedule, 20 life science and biotech start-ups were able to move-in and begin using the facility at a faster rate than had the project been constructed by more traditional methods.

“We are so pleased to be acknowledged with our partner Triumph Modular in receiving these prestigious industry Awards of Distinction. This was clearly one of the most unique, challenging and exciting projects ever engaged by the NRB (USA) team,” said Laurie Robert, VP Sales & Marketing at NRB, Inc. “From concept to completion, the collaborative effort between all of the stakeholders was fundamental in bringing this new state-of-the art lab to life in just seven months. We are proud to be a part of this new Harvard Pagliuca Life Lab that will provide teams of students, faculty and alumni the vital resources needed for important life-sciences research ventures.”

“We are honored to be recognized by the industry’s leading professionals for our contribution to Harvard University’s Pagliuca Life Lab,” said Clifford Cort, President of Triumph Modular. “This project provided an opportunity to support the creation of a rare modular wet lab that serves as a cutting edge project within the industry, supporting scientific breakthroughs and advancements made possible through modular construction.”

Harvard’s Pagliuca Life Lab incorporates highly complex systems and equipment required for advanced life sciences research within a wet lab facility. The first floor is designed in an open format with work tables, seating, shared conference rooms and a kitchen to encourage cross-team collaboration. While the second floor includes 36 lab benches equipped with compressed air and vacuum lines, chemical waste system, a self-contained walk-in environmental room, tissue culture rooms, and fume hoods.

“This year’s Awards of Distinction contest was very competitive, with more than one hundred entries overall,” said Tom Hardiman, Executive Director of Modular Building Institute. “Our panel of independent judges had some tough choices to make, so I congratulate all our winners on their awards.”

The MBI Awards of Distinction contest is the commercial modular industry's premier awards program, offering competition in over 30 categories for MBI members: building manufacturers, dealers, and product and service providers. Entries are temporary, permanent, and renovated modular buildings as well as industry marketing pieces. Each entry is reviewed by an impartial panel of industry and non-industry construction and code experts, architects and engineers, and marketing professionals.


About Triumph Modular
Triumph Modular Inc. is redefining modular with award winning permanent modular construction projects throughout New England. Triumph is a long trusted source of high quality relocatable space and is on the cutting edge of advancements in permanent modular construction. Triumph provides construction services from preconstruction strategies, design and coordination, procurement of the modules to delivery and installation. Our goal is to save our clients valuable time by compressing activities and increasing speed to occupancy, without making sacrifices in design innovation or quality. For more information and to view the iLab photo library visit Triumph Modular

About NRB
NRB is an off-site construction company that manufactures modular buildings for commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-family residential clients in Canada and the U.S. We’re in the business of off-site construction, but we’re also in the business of changing minds. We want people to think differently about construction, and that’s where our entrepreneurial spirit and can-do attitude come in. Tell us about a project and we almost never say ‘no.’ We’ll figure out how to deliver it with all the advantages of modular construction while staying true to the original design vision. For more information, visit

About Modular Building Institute
The Modular Building Institute is the international nonprofit trade association that has served the modular construction industry for 30 years. Members are suppliers, manufacturers and contractors involved in all aspects of modular projects -- from complex multistory solutions to temporary accommodations. As the voice of commercial modular construction, MBI expands the use of offsite construction through innovative construction practices, outreach, education to the construction community and customers, and recognition of high-quality modular designs and facilities. For more information on modular construction, visit

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