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Modular Building Institute Award Winner 2016

April 7th, 2016

During Modular Building Institute’s annual World of Modular conference Modern Building Systems, Inc. received two Awards of Distinction.

MBI Awards 2016

Southern Coos Hospital’s recent medical clinic addition was recognized in the Permanent Modular Healthcare category. Cutting edge medical finishes and thoughtful work flows are an important part of this building. Read more here.

Southern Coos Hospital

The community friendly open spaces and bright, pleasant resident rooms of Oatfield Estates were recognized in the category of Permanent Modular Commercial Housing. View photos, floor plans and more at MBI’s website.
Oatfield Estates

Oatfield Estates

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.

Manufacturer of the Year

June 19th, 2014

Modern was recently recognized by the Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR) as Manufacturer of the Year at their annual luncheon.  Award presenter, George Jennings, read the following piece regarding Modern :




Manufacturer of the Year: Modern Building Systems

This award recognizes an outstanding manufacturer that is making world-class products, creating job opportunities and strengthening our communities. It is given to the individual or company who has been active in SEDCOR, made contributions to the industry and community and is considered a successful operator exemplifying the highest business ethical standards.

If you drive I-5 from Canada to Mexico you will always be within 30 minutes of a building constructed by Modern Building Systems.

Family-owned and operated, Modern Building Systems, Inc. is the longest continuously licensed modular building manufacturer on the West Coast. The company builds a wide variety of product encompassing healthcare, dental offices, retail, education, industrial, governmental, financial, religious, and office, including a state-of-the-art greyhound station at Safeco field in Seattle. Many of these buildings cannot be distinguished from traditional stick built buildings except that they can be ready for occupancy quicker.

Jim and Ken Rasmussen took over the reins of the company in the early 1990’s and through their leadership and innovation Modern has built several million square feet of buildings in the last 20 years, including approximately 350,000 square feet in 2013. The company employs 150 people in Aumsville.

Modern is one of 30 modular companies represented in the Modular Building Institute Hall of Fame and has been honored with dozens of national awards for their innovative and creative projects.

Modern has grown significantly in the last two decades – developing a leasing arm to their operations, establishing several sales offices along the West Coast & serving nationwide cooperative purchasing contracts. When many other modular manufacturers fell victim to the economic slowdown, Modern’s team held a strong market presence and kept employees on the production line – diversifying products, establishing a reputation for innovative problem solving, committing to Lean processes, and building LEED, sustainable structures. This culture of efficiency and stewardship has given Modern the opportunity to win a variety of environmentally-focused awards and accolades, including a Department of Energy grant to study energy consumption in modular classroom buildings and a company-wide EarthWise certification.

Modern’s owners, Jim and Ken Rasmussen, are involved in an array of business and civic organizations through the Willamette Valley – from student mentorships at Willamette University to Habitat for Humanity. The Modern staff follows this example, serving in a variety of business, charitable, and religious organizations – demonstrating their care not only in the buildings they design, engineer, and manufacture, but also in their service to the community.


“We wouldn’t be where we are today without our people” – Ken Rasmussen

We, at Modern, are honored & humbled to be recognized  by our local community for the hard work of our staff. Thank you to all of our loyal customers, vendors, employees & allies that have made Modern’s history so rich. We value you & look forward to working with you in the future.




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Congrats to one of our own!

May 8th, 2014

Modern project manager, Duane Harris, recevied a lovely award from the Modular Building Institute’s annual convention.

MBI Award 2013

Placing first in the category for Permanent Institutional or Assembly buildings, the facility houses advanced technologies in a non-combustible shell for employee safety. You can read more about this fascinating project here.


2012 Modular Awards

April 10th, 2012

Modular Building Institute – the commercial modular industry organization – recognized it’s leaders in design and technology last week at the annual awards presentation. Modern was honored to receive two prestigious acknowledgments this year.

Honorable mention in the category of Temporary Modular in Commercial Housing over 10,000 square feet was awarded to a recent student dormitory project completed for Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, CA.

Situated on the beautiful campus of one of the country’s most prestigious preparatory schools, these temporary student housing facilities needed to blend with the architecture of the existing campus. Built to withstand the wear and tear of continuous use from their residents, these lovely structures prove temporary modular solutions can be provide quality and aestics within the efficient modular timeline.


First place in Temporary: single-wide: any square footage was awarded to a public restroom and operations office space created for the City of Salem, Oregon.

Located at the street edge in a bustling downtown and continuously in use at a rate of roughly 200 people per hour, the modular restroom & office space provided by Modern created a solution to an urgent problem faced by the city. With the current building suffering from severe structural and safety issues, the transit system needed a solution and they needed one fast. Utilization of quality products to withstand abuse from frequent use, reduce the possibility of disease transmission and increase the building’s energy efficiency – combine to create a modular solution that went beyond meeting the need of a physical space.



Both the Steven School dorms and the Salem Transit facilities reflect Modern’s commitment to sustainable building practices. Recycled products, local purchasing and innovative energy efficient technologies are involved in both projects. Temporary modular buildings built with an environmental consciousness can make an impact on our footprint.

Read more about these award winning projects by clicking on their award links above.


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