Champion Home Builders Wins Modular Building Institute’s “Best of Show” in Permanent Commercial Housing During the 2013 Modular Building Institute Awards of Distinction

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The company was recognized for modular off-campus housing built in Ithaca, N.Y. for the students of Cornell University

Champion works hard to manufacture the best buildings in the industry and we are incredibly pleased to be recognized by the modular building industry and our peers with this honor," Jack Lawless, CEO of Champion Home Builders, said.

Champion Home Builders, a leading producer of modular homes, commercial buildings and manufactured homes, today announced that it has won the Best of Show award at the Modular Building Institute’s (MBI) 2013 Awards of Distinction for a student housing project located in Ithaca, N.Y. The Best of Show award is given to the entry that received the most votes by the attendees at the World of Modular Conference that took place in Scottsdale, Az. on March 19.

The building was constructed for Beers Properties and is serving the off-campus student and faculty housing market for Cornell University. It includes four stories of modular construction placed over a concrete and steel podium. The modules were built in the Champion facility located in Strattanville, Pa. The building has a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments, and features underground parking below the podium. For photos of the project, please visit    

MBI hosts the industry's premier awards program annually for its members, which includes building manufacturers, dealers, and product and service providers, and recognizes the best in commercial modular building design and construction. Each entry was reviewed by an impartial panel of industry and non-industry construction and code experts, architects and engineers, and marketing professionals. Entries were judged on architectural excellence, technical innovation and sustainability, cost-effectiveness, energy-efficiency and calendar days to complete.

“The World of Modular Best of Show award is one of our industry’s top honors. What makes it so special is that the top building of the year is selected by the industry participants at our annual conference, so it’s a peer selection process,” said Tom Hardiman, executive director of the Modular Building Institute. “This year, we had over one hundred entries and a record number of attendees, making it one of the most competitive competitions we’ve had for the award. Champion’s entry was certainly worthy of the title “Best of Show,” and we are proud to have them as a member of the Modular Building Institute.”

“Champion works hard to manufacture the best buildings in the industry and we are incredibly pleased to be recognized by the modular building industry and our peers with this honor,” Jack Lawless, CEO of Champion Home Builders, said. “The modules for the Cornell project were placed on the podium in just five working days, a premier example of a major benefit of the modular building process.”

About Champion
Troy, Michigan-based Champion Home Builders, Inc. is a leading brand in off-site residential and commercial construction which, through its operating subsidiaries, manufactures buildings at 30 facilities in North America and the United Kingdom. Champion built homes are sold through a network of more than 1,000 builders, retailers, and developers located throughout North America.

Champion Commercial Structures, a division of Champion, specializes in multifamily, commercial and industrial modular construction serving developers, builders and large value institutional clients. The Champion Commercial Family operates in the USA (Champion Commercial Structures), the UK (Caledonian Building Systems) and in Canada (Gibraltar Industries).

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About MBI
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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