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Building Blocks

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Project Name

Building Blocks

Project Status



Los Angeles Unified School District


  • Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
  • : Capital Engineers Consultants
  • Electrical Engineer: Capital Engineers Consultants
  • Plumbing Engineer: Capital Engineers Consultants
  • FinCo Fabrication


Modular Building

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Project Description

Designed for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Building Blocks is a prefabricated, modular construction system that seeks to replace the district’s fleet of deteriorating portable classroom units. But it can also be deployed across a series of similarly scaled typologies. The system—which juror Gordon Gill called “quite clever,” and juror Martina Decker noted “seemed relatively easy to use and easy to handle”—includes in-slab radiant heating and cooling, and fiberglass-laminated SIP walls with operable windows, supported by steel moment framing. The crowning glory is a fiberglass roof module that contains integrated lighting and an operable baffle that allows for daylighting and natural ventilation in the classroom.
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