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.

Shingle SpringsInside of Fife Library

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.)

Southern Coos Hospital

May 14th, 2015

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Award Winning Projects of 2015

April 7th, 2015

Several of our projects were considered for Modular Building Institute‘s Awards of Distinction this year. Two projects came out victorious. (And they were from the same project manager, our very own Mr. Harris.)

Congratulations, Duane!

MBI Awards 2015

Honorable Mention / Permanent Modular Institutional or Assembly : 

Origin Church; Spokane, WACovenant (Origin) Church

A warm community in a lovely modular church.


First Place / Permanent Modular Retail or Hospitality : 

Greyhound station; Seattle, WAGreyhound-Modern-Building-Bus-Station

Read about how this new station is redefining modular.






Origin Church

February 12th, 2015

The excitement is contagious! Check out this slideshow of photos that Origin Church has created of their building’s recent install. We love working with clients that are enthused about their building and passionate about the purpose behind it.

Covenant (Origin) Church

Thank you again, Origin Church, for the pleasure of serving you.

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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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Eco-friendly Education Space

November 19th, 2014

At Modern we are so excited for green education spaces. SMART Classrooms™ are here!

Edmonds Village

Quality, low-maintenance metal roofing with standing seam
Durable steel frame floor
Sustainably harvested timber

High efficiency Mitsubishi split system HVAC
LED strip lighting
Foundation set for feeling of permanency

Forbo bulletin boards
Increased wall/display space
Vaulted ceilings flooded with natural light for a bright learning environment

Eco-friendly & recycled finishes throughout including carpeting
Cement smooth panel siding with rainscreen

Can your current learning spaces act as an energy study? Ask us about how SMART modular classrooms can integrate technologies that allow students to study energy consumption.

Call us for more information about cost-effective & practical green technologies. Protect students AND the environment!

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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.

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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.

Inspiring Hope. Empowering Independence.

October 28th, 2014

Photo Credit : Impact NW / Pathways to Manufacturing

We received this letter from Impact NW & wanted to encourage our followers to also check out this great cause. See how you can get involved with interview prep, internships or facility/job site tours that help students prepare for a future in manufacturing & construction careers. We love their slogan – “Inspiring Hope. Empowering Independence.”

Impact NW

National Manufacturing Day 2014

October 9th, 2014

We were excited to host Chad Summers of AKT and Chad Summers, President of Salem Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR), on Friday at our production facility in Aumsville, OR. Construction Manager, Bill Johnson, accepted a certificate in honor of National Manufacturing Day and in recognition of Modern’s status as SEDCOR Manufacturer of the Year.


Chad Summers – AKT / Bill Johnson – Modern / Chad Freeman – SEDCOR

“To celebrate the recognition of these three manufacturers,  AKT is making a donation in the name of each recipient to  Pathways to Manufacturing, an incubator for high school aged children designed to address industry workforce needs, help lower the drop-out rate, and provide clear pathways to rewarding careers in manufacturing.

– Read more about this presentation at AKT’s website.

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“Modern so greatly appreciates advocates for the growth of manufacturing and industry careers in the Willamette Valley. We will hang the certificate with pride and look forward to hearing about what Impact NW is able to achieve with the donation,” 

– Jim Rasmussen, CEO and President of Modern Building Systems

Make sure to check out the great work that Pathways to Manufacturing and other Impact NW projects are benefitting your local communities here, or like them on Facebook to receive regular news.


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