Newman Elementary School

Triumph Modular recently installed a modular complex of sustainable temporary classrooms and administrative space at the Newman Elementary School in Needham, MA, enabling students to continue learning on-site in an optimal environment during the school’s renovation. This modular solution uniquely offers flexibility, style, and green features. When the original school renovation is completed, they will have leased these relocatable buildings for only 12-18 months.

This is a sizable installation of 35,620 sq ft and was installed in 60 days. The modular school complex is comprised of three separate buildings, and the 38 modules include 30 classrooms, administration offices, and 3 multi-stall restrooms. Each of the 3 buildings has 10 classrooms and is connected via a ramped corridor.

The modular complex features uplighting with illusion ceiling tiles, large aluminum-framed 3’x6’ windows including a few 6’ round diameter windows to take advantage of natural light, and oak doors, shelves, and coat hooks throughout. The surfaces, materials, and colors used in the space are designed to provide vibrancy, fun, and creative inspiration while also promoting health, sustainability, functionality, and hygienic ease of maintenance. Roof-mounted, high-efficiency “Energence™” HVAC systems by Lennox with energy recovery ventilators and UV light technology which kills allergens. Floor, wall, and ceiling systems are designed to limit sound transfer between rooms and dampen sound reverberation. Aluminum ramps were installed in sections for easier mobility to the next user and the HardiePanel® and aluminum extrusions provide a modern façade.

These modular relocatable buildings meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code which is an appendix to the Massachusetts State Building Code adopted in May 2009, allowing municipalities to voluntarily substitute for the standard energy code. The “stretch energy code” is based on the IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) 2009, but with approximately 20% greater building efficiency requirements.

Check out this building’s green features.

Photo courtesy of Christian Phillips Photography