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How Metal Buildings Deliver Long Term Value To Schools

November 3rd, 2014

Did you know that Modern is also a Star Building Systems metal building representative? A combination of modular and other off-site construction methods, like metal building, can result in a great facility with maximum flexibility and a quick fabrication & installation. As your design-build company, we can turn your dream into reality using off-site construction applications that make the most sense for your use.

Star Building infographic 10-29-14

From Star Building Systems’ white paper – How Metal Buildings Can Deliver Long-Term Value To Schools

“An inherent requirement of any modern school building is that it be able to resist an enormous amount of daily wear and tear while retaining its functional integrity and aesthetic appeal for many years.”

For more information about how metal buildings deliver long term value to meet the challenges of increasing enrollment & narrowing education construction budgets, check out the source of this great infographic by downloading Star’s white paper here.


A Modern project that utilizes multiple types of off-site construction in synergy, the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indian’s new education center features a metal framed gymnasium seamlessly linked to a modular academic space. A great selection of practical sustainable features can be found in this project. And you can watch it go up in a minute & a half.

View more information about the Shingle Springs Education Center.

Women In Construction

August 26th, 2014

Recognized in 1971 as Women’s Equality Day to honor the 1920’s legislation securing women’s right to vote, August 26th is a great day to celebrate women in construction.

Many male dominated careers have a reputation for being a difficult place for women to find a voice. Today Modern celebrates our female team members and the valuable skills they bring to the table in their roles as trades, drafting, sales, financial, purchasing & office staff.

Dedrea (1) copy Lani (10) copy






– About Women’s Equality Day :

National Women’s History Project

– About opportunities for women in construction related careers : 

NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction)

NAWIC Salem, OR Chapter

Youth Build U.S.A.

Or visit our list of open positions to see how you can join Modern’s equal opportunity team!





Classrooms : The Next Generation

July 25th, 2014

At Modern, our excitement is growing for these brightly colored – but green focused – modular classrooms currently in production.
Edmonds 1

As concern for the environment & our human footprint grows, school districts are increasingly looking for green technologies & Earth conscious finishes. These modular classrooms for Edmonds School District are feature rich & we can’t wait to see students occupying these bright spaces!

PicMonkey Collage - Edmonds

We welcome touring groups of students who have questions regarding energy consumption in the building process. If you’ld like to schedule a tour or simply want to learn more about safe, green modular construction options – give us a call.

From dirt to Education Center in 4 months

July 15th, 2014

The Shingle Springs band of Miwok Indians dreamed of a safe place for students. Throughout planning the vision morphed & grew to include a steel framed gymnasium & adjoining modular building. The final product is a great example of modular construction’s synergy with other construction methods. Using a variety of off-site construction methods combined with Modern’s project management meant time & cost savings for the tribe.

Modular doesn’t mean only building in boxes. It’s thinking outside of them. 


Fresh face for Greyhound Seattle

July 8th, 2014

As bus giant Greyhound updates facilities to capture a new and expanding market, they turned to Modern to build a modular station for the City of Seattle, WA.


(Photo : Greyhound Lines, Inc.)

According to a recent piece in The Seattle Times,

In this, Greyhound’s 100th year in business, the company continues to put a new shine on the old dog with leather seats, Wi-Fi and a growing focus on shorter, nonstop routes. ….

Greyhound - from The Seattle Times article, 07-03-14   (2)

(Photo : Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Greyhound also has refurbished about three-fourths of its terminals nationwide and is looking at developing apps to make ticket purchases easier and more manageable.

In May, Greyhound moved from its Seattle bus station at Eighth Avenue and Stewart Street into a new station in Sodo, at 503 S. Royal Brougham Way, just east of Safeco and CenturyLink fields. The old building, built in 1927, had been sold in 1995 to developer R.C. Hedreen, who wants to build a convention hotel.

“The reason why all these new competitors like Megabus are coming in is inner-city lines are starting to attract a pretty broad base of riders back,” Leach said. “If you think about everything that’s happening, how can you not be excited about the future?

Greyhound - from The Seattle Times article, 07-03-14   (1)

(Photo : Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)


Did you notice that there’s no mention that the new Seattle station is modular? That’s probably because the lovely glass and concrete finishes of this building aren’t what people typically associate with modular construction – but reflect only a fraction of what is possible with a factory-built application.

Think your project can’t benefit from off-site construction? Think again.

Award season is just around the corner!

February 4th, 2014

As we gear up for the 2014 Modular Building Institute  (the commercial modular industry’s advocacy organization) Awards in March, we are reflecting on some of our favorite projects. This year our nominated projects range from a small winery testing lab to a 26,000+ sqft pre-school education complex equipped with state of the art green technologies. Take a look at some of our MBI award winning projects in recent years, below:


2013 –

Permanent Modular / Special Application

Fife Library (Read more about this project here.)


2012 –

Temporary Modular / Single-Wide

Salem Transit

Temporary Modular Commercial Housing / > 10,000 sqft (Honorable Mention)

Stevenson School

(Read more about these project here.)


2011 – 

Permanent Modular Education / <5,000 sqft

Harbor Montessori


Economic Development

November 11th, 2013

Modern’s President, Jim Rasmussen, speaks with Marion County Commissioner, Patti Milne, about economic development in the Willamette Valley & beyond.

Time Lapse – Modular Education Buildings

July 24th, 2013

Time lapse video of Modern’s recent installation of modular education buildings for Gervais School District; Gervais, OR.


EarthWISE Recertification 2013

June 26th, 2013

Modern recert 2013 EW ad

We are excited to announce that Modern was recently recertified as EarthWISE for another three year term, which is an honor only bestowed on those that the EarthWISE committee feel are making exemplary efforts towards environmentally conscious business practices.
We owe a special “thank you” to Dedrea Vaubel, our electrical supervisor, who spearheaded a lighting retrofit for our entire manufacturing facility – which integrates occupancy sensors & updated fixtures. Working with Energy Trust of Oregon, we discovered that this project alone will have an 83% energy saving over our former lighting. According to Energy Trust that is equal to : 8 tons of CO2 generated fossil fuels / 1 car off the road / 1.3 acres of reforested trees!

The Beauty Of Hard Work

April 1st, 2013

At Modern we treasure the relationships that we have with our customers. In our 41 years in business we have had many clients become friends with our staff.

Clock In Progress

We will forever treasure this clock, handcrafted by former Marion County School District Facilities Director, Bill Key. Ten years ago, upon his retirement, Bill mentioned that he had always wanted to create a grandfather clock. We challenged him to do just that.

Clock action collage

We’re so grateful to Bill Key (and Mrs. Key, the self proclaimed ‘clock widow’) for this lovely addition to our front lobby. Thank you again for your beautiful work!

Clock group shot


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