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“Temporary” Classroom Provides Long Term Space Solution
May 2016

Our school is overcrowded, but we can’t build an addition yet.  I’ve seen modular classrooms, but how nice are they and can they really provide a long term solution if needed? A school district in Illinois can answer that question: In 2005, Glen Ellyn School District, located in the suburbs of Chicago, needed a solution […]

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A modular pizza theater?
April 2016

Domino’s new “pizza theater” concept and the modular building process is like pepperoni, tomatoes sauce and mozzarella cheese, a match made in culinary heaven…OK it’s not that delicious but nonetheless a great fit. While traditional Domino’s locations lacked any sort of focus on guest comfort beyond perhaps a bench to sit on while waiting for […]

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Modular Meets the Needs of Growing Charter School
March 2016

Whether permanent or relocatable, modular is an effective way to meet the needs of a growing charter school population.  Cesar Chavez Academy, a public charter school located in Detroit, Michigan, has utilized modular for more than ten years for both permanent and temporary building space.  Take a look at their story: Following the purchase of […]

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Major Projects Sales and Project Manager
February 2016

Innovative Modular Solutions:  Innovative Modular Solutions (IMS) is a leading provider of temporary and permanent modular building solutions for public and private sectors in a wide array of industries, including the educational, commercial, healthcare, industrial, and government markets.  Job Description:   As a means to further develop business opportunities, specifically large projects, across our customer market […]

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Construction Project Manager – Elkhart, IN & Alcoa, TN

Innovative Modular Solutions:  Innovative Modular Solutions (IMS) is a leading provider of temporary and permanent modular building solutions to public and private sectors in a wide array of industries, including the educational, commercial, healthcare, industrial, and government markets.  We service our customers acting as a general contractor, specialty trade contractor, or construction manager. Job Description: […]

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Modular Multi-Classroom Addition Time Lapse Video
January 2016

Click play below to view a time lapse video showing the installation of a multi-classroom modular building.

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Winthrop-University Hospital Modular Trauma Center Addition Ribbon Cutting

Winthrop-University Hospital Unveils Modular Trauma Center Addition On December 21,  Winthrop-University Hospital unveiled a new trauma center addition that utilized modular construction. Local news stations along with Winthrop-University Hospital administration were present for the ribbon cutting of the $6 million dollar addition to the emergency department.  The modular addition will be the only trauma center […]

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Can building additions or a second story be added as your school enrollment grows?
October 2015

Modular buildings can be a great option for schools that want to grow their space with enrollment or as grade levels are added.  Here are the most common ways schools use modular construction. Adding a modular building to existing buildings This is common with modular buildings, especially with schools.  Schools can do projects in phases […]

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They all say “modular building”, but what is the difference between standard modular buildings, pre-fab steel buildings, and in-plant offices?
September 2015

Innovative Modular Solutions specializes in modular buildings for education, healthcare, commercial, and government.  Although most of our quote requests and inquiries are for standard modular buildings, we also receive requests for prefabricated steel structures and in-plant offices.  If you’re searching for a building, here is a look at the difference in the three types: Modular […]

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Modular Building Codes and State Labels Overview
September 2015

Modular Building Codes Modular Buildings are built to the International Building Code (IBC) for commercial buildings.  This is the same building code that applies to site-built structures.  In addition to the IBC, modular buildings are designed to meet any state and local codes that are in effect at time of manufacture for the site where […]

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IMS Modular Building HVAC Warranty Overview
September 2015

A look at IMS modular building HVAC Warranties: The standard building warranty on a new modular building is 1-year.  In addition to the standard manufacturer’s 1-year warranty, IMS typically provides a  1-year labor and 5-year parts on the HVAC unit.  The HVAC warranty starts from the date the HVAC units are powered up at the […]

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IMS Modular Building Roof Warranties Overview
August 2015

A look at IMS modular building roof warranties The standard warranty on a new modular building is one year.  In addition to the standard manufacturer’s 1-year warranty, IMS typically provides a 10-year full systems warranty on the EPDM (rubber) roof. This warranty covers material and labor.  Once the building is installed, the roof is inspected […]

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Modular Classroom Buildings Provide Much Needed Space for Growing Student Population
August 2015

When your city ranks first for business growth among 575 small cities nationwide in 2014*, population growth is likely to follow. The city is Findlay, Ohio, and with their growth came a need for more classroom space to restructure the school district and accommodate the growing student population. The project was put out to bid in […]

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Winthrop University Hospital Project Update
August 2015

The Winthrop University Hospital Level One Trauma Center addition project is underway. Construction continues at our modular building factory with delivery of the healthcare building components expected in the next few weeks. In the last few weeks, much work has been completed. The fire proofing has been finished on the ceiling to meet the 1-hour fire rating […]

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Sales Manager Spotlight – Jim Qualley – MN, IA, WI Sales & Project Management
August 2015

  Jim Qualley Sales Manager – MN, IA, & WI Jim is responsible for sales and project management in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. He has been a member of the IMS team since 2002.     What do you like to do in your spare time? I enjoy fishing and working on home improvement projects. Best or […]

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Do the temporary modular buildings come with power, water, and sewer or is that extra?
July 2015

All IMS modular buildings come equipped with plumbing fixtures and electrical components.   Once the building arrives on site, it is hooked up to electrical service, water and sewer. For the electrical components, a main distribution panel is installed on the exterior of the temporary building and is connected to the electrical panel in each module.  […]

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When do we need to start the planning process to have a modular building in place by the start of the school year?
June 2015

There are several factors that will affect the delivery and installation of your modular classroom building.  Are you looking for a new building or a used/reconditioned building?  Will this be a permanent or temporary solution to meet your space needs?  How many classrooms will you need? Delivery, Installation, and Getting the Modular Classroom Ready Let’s […]

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What type of foundations are modular buildings placed on?
May 2015

  Foundations for both temporary and permanent modular buildings can depend on the type of project.  Here is quick overview: Standard Modular Building Foundations Standard modular building set is on a concrete pier foundation.  Piers are sized according to the building load and the soil bearing conditions. Piers are typically located about every 10’ within […]

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Modular Construction and Infection Control
April 2015

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that as many as 1.7 million Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) occur in the U.S each year, resulting in 99,000 deaths. The hospital or facility where the infection occurs is responsible for the cost of treatment.  With an estimated cost to treat HAI […]

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Sales Manager Spotlight – Jason Shannon, OH, IN, MI
March 2015

Jason Shannon Sales Manager, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan Jason is responsible for sales and project management in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.  His main focus is to educate schools and businesses on the benefits, cost-savings, and quality that modular buildings have to offer.       What do you like to do in your spare time?  I […]

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IMS adds 30’x50’ Modular Imaging Suite to GSA Schedule
March 2015

Innovative Modular Solutions is excited to announce that a 30’x50’ Diagnostic and Imaging Building (MRI) has officially been added to our portfolio of modular space solutions on our GSA Schedule. In September of 2013, a 15’x57’ Diagnostic and Imaging building (MRI) was added to the IMS GSA schedule.  Check out the original announcement of the […]

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Time Lapse Video: Modular Classrooms Building Installation
March 2015

Innovative Modular set-up a time lapse video during the installation of a multi-classroom modular building in Nashville, TN.  The classrooms provided much needed classroom space quickly to accommodate the growing student population. Check out our entire blog series, Modular 101, where we answer questions about site work, used modular buildings, and more.

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Tying It All Together – Connecting Corridors
March 2015

Modular buildings can provide temporary and permanent space for a wide range of uses, but what if a client needs the building(s) to join an existing structure or campus?  The answer is the connecting corridor. A connecting corridor can provide a beautiful entry way, security between buildings, and a more permanent feel to any modular building […]

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Convenient Care Meets Convenient Build
February 2015

With 83% of urgent care centers experiencing growth in 2013, and 88% of centers expecting to expand to an existing or additional location due to the increase, urgent care centers are on the rise. The clinics, which offer services anywhere between a primary care doctor and emergency room, have increased patient volume while consolidating costs.  […]

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Government Standards for Modular Buildings – An Overview of UFC Codes
February 2015

What are UFC Codes? The Department of Defense (DOD) developed the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) program to streamline all technical criteria and standards that apply to planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of facilities at Military Departments, the Defense Agencies, and the DOD Field Activities.  Prior to this, each branch had their own publishing system for […]

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Who is responsible for site work on a modular building project?
January 2015

When working with clients on their modular building projects, we are often asked the question “who is responsible for site work?” At a minimum, IMS needs to handle the delivery and installation of the building for warranty and liability purposes.  From there, IMS can be responsible for any of the following site work or we […]

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IMS Announces MRI Manufacturer Web Pages
January 2015

As the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) industry continues to grow, Innovative Modular Solutions offers the fastest way for MRI manufacturers to get their new imaging equipment in-place, seeing new patients and generating more revenue for clients.  Now, with the launch of our new web pages we’ve made it even easier. New to our modular imaging […]

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IMS Team Members Attend Health Care Construction (HCC) Workshop
December 2014

Three IMS team members recently attended the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) Health Care Construction (HCC) Certificate workshop in Nashville, TN.  Throughout the workshop, our team improved their awareness, knowledge and understanding of the healthcare environment to improve the quality of patient care in our modular healthcare construction projects. It is important to IMS […]

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Modular 101: What do you mean by a used modular building?
December 2014

A used modular building has been previously leased by another school or organization for temporary use.  When they no longer have a need for the modular space, the building is dismantled and returned to the IMS inventory. The used modular building is then refurbished as needed to restore it to “like new” condition so it […]

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The Sustainability of Modular: Reduce
October 2014

Modular construction offers the ability to reduce and reuse, creating an inherently greener construction process.  We’ve covered reuse, now let’s take a look at how modular construction can help “reduce.” Less Construction Waste In modular construction, the focus of reducing material waste occurs on the front end of the process with 90 percent of the […]

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Disaster Recovery – How modular buildings can help.
October 2014

In the wake of disaster, rapid response is critical. In June of 2011, the Souris River in Minot, North Dakota had a devastating flood that struck much of North Dakota, displacing  roughly 776 students when it spilled over protective levies and flooded schools, businesses and thousands of homes.  The District, working cooperatively with FEMA, turned […]

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The Sustainability of Modular: Reuse
October 2014

Prefabrication and modular construction is not new to the construction industry, but with the growing influence of sustainable construction, the appeal of “reuse” is rising. Modular buildings are built from the same materials and meet the same building codes as traditional construction.  Therefore, sustainable building materials and products that are used in conventional construction can […]

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Modular 101: How long will the modular building last?
September 2014

Your modular building, whether it is for education, healthcare, government or any other purposes, will last as long as any site built structure.  Here’s why: Throughout the construction process, both modular buildings and conventionally constructed buildings are built using the same materials to meet the latest commercial building codes.  Both methods of building also involve inspections throughout […]

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Providing Modular Imaging Space Through Our GSA Schedule
September 2014

It’s been a year since Innovative Modular added a modular imaging suite to our GSA Schedule to help us be able to provide imaging space to government sectors like the Claremore Indiana Hospital. Check out the announcement: Innovative Modular Solutions (IMS), headquartered in Bolingbrook, Illinois has been approved by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) […]

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What is the difference between leasing and purchasing a modular building?
September 2014

We often get the question, is it better to lease or buy a modular building and what is the difference?  It all depends on the project, but here are the differences to consider between leasing and purchasing.  Leasing modular and portable buildings allows customers to pay for their building over a period of time without […]

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Modular buildings for overcrowded high school campus
September 2014

As the Round Lake Area Unit District 116 officials work to get expansions and upgrades to their Illinois high school approved, IMS is providing a temporary modular solution to give the students the space they need for the 2014-15 school year.  There are times where districts are in the middle of the summer and realize […]

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What is the difference between temporary modular buildings and permanent modular buildings?
September 2014

Temporary Modular Buildings Although they can go by several names, relocatable building, portable modular, temporary modular building, all temporary buildings are all installed to allow for easy tear down and relocation at the end of use.  The modular is installed on a concrete pier foundation, blocked up about 2-3’ above the ground, and anchored.   The […]

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What is the typical shipping height for a modular building unit?
August 2014

You see modular buildings travelling down the road, but exactly how tall can they be to safely travel?  For most applications, the shipping height of each modular building component is usually limited to 14’6” tall from road surface to the highest point of each module. Photo from Bennett Truck Transport The shipping height is determined […]

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Modular 101: For each industry segment we work in, is there a building size that is most cost-effective?
August 2014

With many of the IMS modular building projects being custom-designed and built, there really is not a typical modular building size that is more cost-effective.         But, in addition to our custom built projects, IMS does offer standardized design plans across all of the industry segments we serve. This allows us to […]

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Modular 101: What items are typically installed or finished in the factory?
July 2014

 When an IMS modular building component leaves the factory for the job site, it is between 60% and 90% complete.  This includes mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), interior and exterior finishes.           The level of completeness depends on the type of MEP systems required and finishes specified.  By focusing on completing as […]

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What is the typical modular building component size?
June 2014

Typically, modular building components are either  12’, 14’, or 16’ wide.                   In some states with open roadways, such as North Dakota or South Dakota, it is possible to transport an 18’ to 24’ wide modular building component over short distances.  But, smaller widths are most practical […]

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Welcome to the IMS Blog
May 2014

Welcome to the Innovative Modular Solutions Blog where you can find the latest IMS happenings along with up-to-date industry news and trends. To kick off, here’s our first edition of   Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard Branch Health Clinic—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania As the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard Branch Health Clinic undergoes renovation, IMS is supplying modular swing […]

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