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2018 World of Modular – Greatest Renovation 1st Place

April 2nd, 2018

Modern Building Systems, Inc. The SMART CHOICE. World of Modular 2018

Modern Building Systems takes first place for Greatest Renovation at World of Modular!

We are excited to announce that Modern Building Systems was recognized by the Modular Building Institute for Greatest Renovation. Modern humbly accepted the first place  Awards of Distinction at the  2018 World of Modular Convention & Tradeshow this past week!

About the Builiding

The original 24’x64’ building was built by Modern in 1996 to serve as daycare facility for the Northwest Regional Educational Service District in Forest Grove, OR. In 2016 the building was no longer needed and donated to the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. Modern’s donation to Habitat for Humanity also include of purchasing and removing the building at no cost to the ESD.  It then was transformed into a beautiful new renovated daycare facility for Family Nurturing Center to expand services as a satellite campus in Phoenix, OR. The building is now home to their no cost daycare services for 28 children and families.







The newly renovated daycare space is comprised of two classrooms, men’s and women’s restrooms, an office space, and kitchen. Modern worked with Family Nurturing Center board member and architect, Brian Westerhout to redesign the building to fit the needs and desires of the daycare. Additional walls were installed near the restroom and hallway area between the classrooms was widen to allow for greater accessibility. Old windows were replaced by large 8/0 x 6/0 premium vinyl windows to bring in more sunlight into the room. While the upgrades of marmoleum flooring and casework adds additional visual appeal throughout the building. The new exterior features include:  bright custom colors of fiber cement siding and trims. Roofing and welded hollow metal doors were upgraded as well.








The Family Nurturing Center is a nonprofit that is part of Oregon’s innovative and comprehensive response to support children and families in crisis and therefore operates on razor thin budgets. Modern, along with local contractors, gave discounts and donations to help make the project a reality. Repurposing and renovating the previously used building not only saved thousands of dollars as well, but also resulted in less demand to landfills and the utilization of new materials. Once again, our Smart Choice method succeeded in meeting our client’s specifications, budgetary restrictions, and quality standard.

Building Shipping Laborer (Modular/Mobile) – Aumsville, OR

March 28th, 2018

Req # 201804.SH

Expires: 4/30/18

PRIMARY PURPOSE: To support the “Dept Lead” within the Shipping Station

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:

• Measures and prepares materials for the Shipping Station.
• Ensures proper materials are in place for the Shipping Station crew.
• Read and follows written and oral instructions.
• Clean up the area.
• Performs other duties as assigned

This job typically requires 6 months experience in construction or 3 months in a modular manufacturing facility. Knowledge of varies construction tools and equipment are require and ability to climb ladders at vary heights. Ability to read and understand blueprints is required.

BENEFITS & COMPENSATION: Wage DOE and Modern offers a competitive benefits package.

Go to download and complete Modern’s application. (Required)

Email or Fax your resume, Modern’s completed application to:
Human Resources – Modular Mobile Building Shipping Laborer
Modern Building Systems
P.O. Box 110
Aumsville, OR 97325
Fax: 503-749-4950


Modern Building Systems is the oldest continuously licensed commercial building manufacturer in Oregon, Washington and California. Modern Building has been active in all phases of constructions, including design, engineering, manufacturing and planning services for its customers.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, citizenship, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other protected class in accordance with federal, state and local laws.

Modern Building Systems promotes a drug free workplace. We believe in sharing our knowledge, talents and creativity. Modern Building Systems values teamwork, challenges and positive attitudes. For more information on our company, go to

Taking Home Gold at World of Modular

March 28th, 2017

Modern Building Systems takes a first place and honorable mention award at the 2017 World of Modular Convention in Tuscan, AZ.

6 Reasons To Choose Off-Site Construction

January 26th, 2017

Why Modular

Now hiring!

July 7th, 2016

We’re hiring!

View current openings here or learn more about how Modern’s team has been growing steadily since 1971. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

NAWIC’s Construction Careers Day

May 12th, 2016

Several of Modern’s staffers joined local construction companies this week in an event hosted by the National Association of Women in Construction‘s Salem chapter. NAWIC’s Construction Careers Day gives students exposure to the variety of careers available in the construction and trades industries. Students run large equipment, ask tradespeople their questions and experience first-hand many of the interactive exhibits, including building brick walls and creating basic electrical circuits.

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Modern’s staff loved playing Jenga with students while discussing what gives a construction career a solid base.  Students asked insightful questions about how off-site construction differs from site-built construction processes. We believe strongly in investing in the next generation of tradesmen & women!

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Learn more about how you can get involved in partnering with students & trades locally:
NAWIC’s Construction Careers Day
SEDCOR Construction Alliance
Salem-Keizer School District’s Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC) 
Associated General Contractors of Oregon

Greyhound Station – MBI’s Building-of-the-Month

July 10th, 2015


Modular Building Institute honored us by recognizing the Greyhound Station in Seattle, WA as their July Building-of-the-Month.

The tight construction quarters, a previously unusable urban infill site underneath existing freeway overpasses, made modular a perfect fit for this project. MBI member Modern Building Systems used this opportunity to create a durable and modern bus terminal.”

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Fun Friday : Lego high school

June 12th, 2015

We are loving this Lego model created by a fifth grader at Abiqua Academy in Salem, OR. There are great details captured in the detailed minature. (The t-rex fossil at the front entrance is one of our favorites.) The close educational community of Abiqua Academy has a passion and enthusiasm for this project that absolutely radiates through.

Lego model by a student

But there’s another reason this model is near and dear to our heart. Sometimes we describe building modular as “building with grown up Legos”. And what could be more appropriate? Modular doesn’t mean being forced into use of only boxes. Modular building means only that off-site fabrication is involved in the planning & realization of a vision.

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Modular construction is a type of construction – not a limitation and not an architectural style. Off-site fabrication can be coupled with any other building style – like this recent project for the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians that combines modular with a metal framed gymnasium (another form of off-site construction!) and a timbered roof overbuild completed at site. Or how about these gorgeous, exposed industrial supports and huge windows at Fife Library?

Like Legos, the only limit to modular construction is your imagination!


Want to view more of Abiqua Academy’s expansion? Check out the live webcam feed of their construction site.  (And read about Abiqua Academy’s vision with H.E.A.R.T.)

A glimpse of 2014

January 8th, 2015

As we excitedly prep for a new year , Modern looks back at 2014 with gratitude. Whether a non-nonsense practical application for saving money or a highly customized building that taps into modular’s capability for innovation – 2014 brought us some great projects. Thank you.

It would be a long slideshow indeed that captured all of the spaces we had a hand in crafting in this year! Instead, how about a peek at just a handful of our favorites represented here :

Happy New Year! We hope 2015 brings you opportunity for personal growth & contentment.


What have you done in the last 43 years?

December 9th, 2014

In celebrating our anniversary this week, we started thinking about all of the things we have done in the last 43 years of being in business. Here’s a few of our favorites.

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At Modern, we :

* Expanded from one small location to four offices servicing clients along the West Coast

* Built projects all along the I-5 corridor (So many, in fact, that you can’t travel between the Mexican & Canadian borders without being a 30 minute drive to another of our buildings.)

* Grew our covered manufacturing space to 150,000+ sqft at the Aumsville, OR corporate headquarters

* Celebrated our faithful staff’s important anniversaries – 10, 20 & 30 years – left & right

* Manufactured well over a million and a half square feet of buildings

* Were recognized as Employer, Manufacturer & Recycler of the Year, as well as many other accolades and individual project awards

* Saw three generations of involvement as a family-owned business

But all of these things pale in comparison to our gratitude for YOU.

43 year anniversary - 2014

We know what you were doing in the last 43 years, too. You were : renting construction trailers, offering design feedback on a multi-story assisted living facility, teaching in one of our classrooms, cultivating a growing business in need of space or telling others how happy you were with the product we had delivered…

Or maybe you were : working hard on our production line, making sure we could meet tight deadlines, rushing our product to the warehouse, or  delivering quality customer service & project management on site.

We could not have made it this far without your support. Our heartfelt “THANK YOU” for believing in our people, in the quality of our product & in a family that stands behind what we build. We look forward to serving you for another 43 years (& beyond)!


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