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A.L.I.C.E. Program and Modular Classrooms Part 3 of 3

2015 March 2
by Linda Bee
Guide for Developing high-Quality School Emergency Oprations Plans

How you can prepare your school for a High Quality Emergency Operations Plan

The state of Massachusetts  offers on its website a federal Guide for Developing High Quality School Emergency Operations Plan which helps schools develop action plans for school safety and emergencies.  Along with this guide, A.L.I.C.E. Program Training and collaboration between school planners, construction management firms, local and state governments, we all can all play a role in making our children’s learning environments safer.… Read More...

A.L.I.C.E. Training and Modular Classrooms Part 2 of 3

2015 February 9
by Linda Bee
Alice Training Institute

Many Massachusetts area schools undergo ALICE Training

Schools in  Methuen, Danvers, Northhampton, Winchester and Bedford, just to name a few have all completed or will complete ALICE Training.

Holbrook in Massachusetts prepared for potential threats. For the new school year, Holbrook is implementing the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) program, as recommended by the Massachusetts Task Force Report in its report on school safety, which was presented to Gov.… Read More...

6 Key Benefits of Modular Offices

2015 March 18
by Linda Bee
modular office

Many people who are interested in modular offices are looking to solve a specific issue. The need is typically for a fully functional, portable office space that can be easily modified if and when needed. There are a number of reasons why people would want this kind of solution. Here, we’ll elaborate on how modular office spaces can be the fix that makes the most sense for a variety of needs.… Read More...

All Things Modular Construction

2015 March 9
by Linda Bee
modular construction

What is modular construction?

It is a resource efficient, off-site project delivery method to construct code-compliant buildings in a quality-controlled setting. Key qualities of modular construction include:

 

 

  • Off site
  • Controlled environment
  • Volumetric three-dimensional “modules”
  • Meets building codes requirements
  • Significantly less time

Modular construction can be permanent or temporary. Examples of buildings that can be either permanent or temporary modular constructed include:

  • Government buildings
  • School boards
  • Corporations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Retail establishments
  • Healthcare providers
  • Classroom buildings

When it comes to classrooms, the differences between temporary and permanent modular are becoming fewer.… Read More...

How to Build the Ultimate Sustainable Classroom

2015 March 2
by Linda Bee
building a sustainable classroom

What is the ultimate sustainable classroom and what should it include? Here’s a checklist of the 10 most important components of truly sustainable classrooms:

  1. Formaldehyde-free, low VOC paints and coatings reduce “off-gassing” that can result in dangerous pollution.
  2. White roofing (instead of black) reflects solar heat and reduces air conditioning loads to save energy.
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What You Need to Know about Off-site Building Design

2015 February 24
by Linda Bee
grey modular building with large windows and double door

Off-site construction involves the process of planning, designing, fabricating, transporting and assembling building elements for rapid site assembly to a greater degree of finish than in traditional piecemeal on-site construction. This type of building design includes a range of materials, scales and systems, digital software, methods of manufacture and fabrication, and innovations in social and technological integration.… Read More...