Month: September 2011

Modular Building Institute Forms Canadian Foundation

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Modular Building Institute Forms Canadian Foundation for Commercial Modular Construction Education and Research
Charlottesville, VA – The Modular Building Institute (MBI) is pleased to announce the formation of the MBI Canadian Foundation (MBICF) in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

The MBICF was established for the purposes of advancing off-site non-residential building construction practices and technologies through research, education, and outreach to architects, engineers, contractors, universities, government agencies, and other for-profit and non-profit entities related to the construction industry. The foundation intends to provide scholarships to individuals with an interest and aptitude for modular construction as well as partnering with other organizations interested in improving construction efficiency and productivity.

“We are excited to have the opportunity through this foundation to educate the public on the many benefits of the modular construction process and how it can improve the overall efficiency and productivity of the construction industry,” said Tom Hardiman, Executive Director of MBI. “We feel this is a great opportunity for the modular construction industry as well as the building community as a whole.”

“We see the newly formed MBICF as playing an instrumental role in the advancement of our industry in general, and in particular, to the benefit of our Canadian membership,” said Laurie Robert, VP of NRB and Chair of the MBICF Board of Directors. “To achieve our goals and secure our future however, we will need the support of the Canadian membership both financially, and through active involvement with our Board and its Committees.”

To make a donation to the MBICF, please contact Wayne Glover at or call 416-646-1600. For more information on the MBICF, visit

The Modular Building Institute (MBI) is the international non-profit trade association serving non-residential modular construction. Members include providers of code compliant relocatable buildings, as well as permanent modular construction contractors and suppliers. It is MBI’s mission to expand the use of offsite construction through innovative construction practices, outreach and education to the construction community and customers, and recognition of high quality modular designs and facilities. For more information about MBI, visit

WilScott Modular Remembers

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Post 9/11 More Than 80 Modular Units Were Secured to Help With Recovery Efforts

 BALTIMORE, MD, Sep 13, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Williams Scotsman, a leading provider of modular space and storage solutions in North America, today announced one of its modular units used during 9/11 recovery efforts will be part of an exhibition, entitled “The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response,” at the New York State Museum in Albany.

The mobile office on display at the exhibition demonstrates how some relied on modular space after the terrorist attacks. In the weeks following 9/11, notes and mementoes were left on several of Williams Scotsman’s modular units by those who lost loved ones or felt compassion for the lost and those left behind. In addition to serving as memorial spaces, modular units also provided much-needed respite for rescue workers as well as counseling centers.

“As we reflect on this tragedy our country experienced 10 years ago, this exhibition honors all those who lost their lives and the rescue workers who put their lives on the line,” said Joseph Vecchiolla, senior vice president of US Field Operations for Williams Scotsman. “We are honored to be part of this important memorial.”

After the attacks, Williams Scotsman supplied modular space to various government agencies including: the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross and local police and fire departments. More than 10 years later, Williams Scotsman’s units are still on site at Ground Zero and remain part of the reconstruction efforts.

“The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response” exhibition details the history of the World Trade Center, the September 11 attacks, the rescue efforts, the evidence recovery operation at the Fresh Kills facility, and the public response to the September 11th events. In addition to Williams Scotsman’s modular unit, the exhibition includes many objects, images, videos, and interactive stations documenting this tragic chapter in New York and America’s history.

For more information about the exhibition, visit .

About Williams Scotsman Williams Scotsman, an Algeco Scotsman company, offers space solutions for the construction, education, industrial, commercial/retail, healthcare, and government markets, with operations in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Williams Scotsman serves customers’ modular space and storage needs through a network of nearly 100 locations throughout North America. In addition to its core leasing business, the company manages and develops permanent modular structures. For more information visit .

Algeco Scotsman is a leading global business services provider focused on modular space and storage solutions. Operating as Williams Scotsman in North America, Algeco in Continental Europe and Elliott in the United Kingdom, the company manages a fleet of more than 300,000 units, with operations in Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States. The company’s reputation is grounded in exceptional customer service, effective management of business operations, and consistent product innovation. Algeco Scotsman’s global presence combined with its local market expertise provides exemplary service tailored to meet the unique needs of customers throughout the world.

A full version of this article can be viewed by clicking here

Wednesday Joke Day

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The Ten If’s You Need to Know to Get Along at Work

  1. If it rings, put it on hold.
  2. If it clunks, call the repairman.
  3. If it whistles, ignore it.
  4. If it’s a friend, stop work and chat.
  5. If it’s the Boss, look busy.
  6. If it talks, take notes.
  7. If it’s handwritten, type it.
  8. if it’s typed, copy it.
  9. If it’s copied, file it.
  10. If it’s Friday, FORGET IT!!!








“I’m never going to work for that man again”
“Why, what did he say?”
“You’re fired”

It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose your own.



Two women were comparing notes on the difficulties of running a small business.

“I started a new practice last year,” the first one said. “I insist that each of my employees take at least a week off every three months.”

“Why in the world would you do that?” the other asked.

She responded, “It’s the best way I know of to learn which ones I can do without.”


The Pope has the best job in the world: he has one boss only, and even him he meets after his death.


Employee’s Ten Comandments

  • If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
  • If you can’t get your work done in the first 24 hours, work nights.
  • Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
  • For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
  • Keep your boss’s boss off your boss’s back.
  • Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view.
  • To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
  • The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.
  • Don’t be irreplaceable, if you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.
  • If you are good, you will be assigned all the work. If you are really good, you will get out of it.

Prevost Remembers

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Prevost Construction is dedicating this blog post to those who were lost in the tragedy of 9/11 ten years ago.

Please view this link to watch how America remembered yesterday:

Defending Modular Buildings

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On August, 29, 2011 The Gazette published a response article in defense of modular buildings.

In Defence of Modular Buildings

” Re: “Failing grade for trailers” (Gazette, Aug. 6).



The Gazette’s story on emergency classrooms in Haiti called into question the quality and durability of those modular classrooms.

The reporters cited issues such as “incredible heat, unsatisfactory sanitation facilities, lack of ventilation, leaks, mould and, in one case, high levels of formaldehyde,” as well as questioning whether they are, as billed, hurricane-proof.

In 2004, four hurricanes hit Florida, causing over $50 billion in property damage. What went underreported was the fact that 1,600 manufactured homes built to the 1994 wind standards of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development were hit by those hurricanes.

How many were blown off their foundations? None.

How many were destroyed? Zero. Based on reading The Gazette’s story, would readers know that those classrooms, if properly installed, could withstand 140-mile-per-hour hurricane winds?

The story also said that the modular classrooms did not have running water and latrines. Imagine Haiti’s devastation. There are problems with infrastructure, transportation, shortages of materials and a host of other things.

Bathrooms in classrooms require hookups to sewer lines. There is no failure in design or construction if proper utility hookups were not done.

On the reported issues with air quality and mould: no air conditioning was evident in the photos, and it was not mentioned in the story. These modular units were probably designed to have air conditioning installed on site. Without air conditioning in a highly humid climate, mould could form. Blame nature, but not the builder or those who provided humanitarian relief.

Formaldehyde exists in most construction. It is found in building materials, resins and fabrics. It is also part of your body chemistry. Energy-efficient construction is “tighter,” so formaldehyde’s effects on the eyes in hot conditions are more acute. Air conditioning is a solution.

Can we believe that those involved wanted to do a bad job for Haitians? We do not know enough to cast blame on anyone or anything, other than the difficult conditions in Haiti.

Modular and pre-fab construction is used worldwide in commercial, office and residential housing. More than 20 million people in the U.S. and Canada live in factory-built homes.

Hundreds of thousands are employed by the industry and its suppliers. The article does an injustice to builders of manufactured and modular homes and those who dwell in them by using derogatory terms like “trailer.” The media should use proper terminology and avoid outdated stereotypes.

L.A. (Tony) Kovach Publisher, Manufactured Home Marketing Sales Management ( Chicago

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