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35k Sq Ft of Temporary Classrooms in 60 Days

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j.Field, Triumph Modular

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35k Sq Ft of Temporary Classrooms in 60 Days


155 Central Ave


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35,000 sq. feet


The city of Needham Massachusetts

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Project Description

Triumph Modular recently installed a modular complex of temporary classrooms and administrative space at the Newman Elementary School in Needham, MA, enabling students to continue learning on site in an optimal environment during the school’s renovation. This modular solution uniquely offers flexibility, style and green features. When the original school renovation is completed, they will have leased these relocatable buildings for only 12-18 months.

This is a sizable installation of 35,620 sq ft and was installed in 60 days. The modular school complex is comprised of three separate buildings, and the 38 modules include 30 classrooms, administration offices, and 3 multi-stall restrooms. Each of the 3 buildings have 10 classrooms and are connected via a ramped corridor.

The modular complex features up lighting with illusion ceiling tiles, large aluminum framed 3’x6’ windows including a few 6’ round diameter windows to take advantage of natural light, and oak doors, shelves and coat hooks throughout. The surfaces, materials and colors used in the space are designed to provide vibrancy, fun and creative inspiration, while also promoting health, sustainability, functionality and hygienic ease of maintenance. Roof-mounted, high-efficiency “Energence™” HVAC systems by Lennox with energy recovery ventilators and UV light technology which kills allergens. Floor, wall and ceiling systems are designed to limit sound transfer between rooms and dampen sound reverberation. Aluminum ramps were installed in sections for easier mobility to the next user and the HardiePanel® and aluminum extrusions provide a modern façade.

These modular relocatable buildings meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code which is an appendix to the Massachusetts State Building Code adopted in May 2009, allowing municipalities to voluntarily substitute for the standard energy code. The “stretch energy code” is based on the IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) 2009, but with approximately 20% greater building efficiency requirements.
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