Posts Tagged ‘construction’

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

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

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.)

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

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.




Statesman Journal

Stayton Mail

Modular Building Institute

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.


Math in Construction High School Program

March 23rd, 2012

We love sharing our passion for construction and the efficiency of modular. Check out how students at Evergreen Public Schools have been bitten with the ‘bug’.


From Evergreen Public Schools :

Math In Construction Program Gets New Partner

Evergreen Public Schools and Modern Building Systems, Inc. have partnered to provide a contextual learning experience for students enrolled in the Math in Construction programs at Evergreen High School and Mountain View High School.

The Math in Construction program merges the disciplines of mathematics and construction to help students understand the geometry and algebra they are learning. They also get real world experience by building structures through this College, Career and Technical Education program.

Modern is providing all of the materials and licensed tradespeople necessary for students to build four modular structures. Upon completion, those structures will undergo the same quality inspections required of other Modern products before being added to the company’s lease fleet.

The benefits of participation for students include improving their understanding of mathematics, creating awareness of the construction trades, and developing leadership and teamwork skills.

For more information, contact Anita Jinks, Assistant Director of College, Career and Technical Education, at 360.604.4068.


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