Modular going Global

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Modular Housing System (MHS) Ensures Global Connection with China Patent Approval
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Optimized Components, Optimized Distribution, Optimized Results

Beijing, China (PRWEB) October 30, 2011

Mr. Tim M. Siahatgar, Architectural Engineer, developer of MHS Prefabricated Building System Technology, is pleased to announce that he has been awarded the Patent right for Modular Housing Systems (MHS) from State Intellectual Property office of the People’s Republic of China under the following patent number: 200610127616.0.

The unique structural Methodology of Modular Housing System is to maximize the Built Environment with cutting edge Aluminum Structure Technology. MHS Building Technology is the result of many years of research, development and considerable investment by Inventor, Mr. Tim M. Siahatgar, Architectural Engineer.

Mr. Tim M. Siahatgar and his related worldwide companies, are the original designers, developers and manufacturers of MHS Aluminum Building System. These structures are assembled on site, using our exclusive patented Modular Aluminum Extrusion and its interlocking connection system, in conjunction with MHS modular components and Flameproof Structural Insulated Panels (FSIP).

MHS prefabricated Modular Aluminum Building System is easily mounted, dismounted, moved location to location, from temporary to permanent quality green buildings of any size residential to multifunctional. MHS Buildings are of superior quality to those constructed by conventional means. “Our approach is an alternative to building with Non-Renewable construction materials”. The easy to learn, teach, design and construct approach provides truly waste-free modular structures and by weighing only one third of I-beam steel structures and one fifteenth of concrete structures, resulting in reduced total building weight, energy and seismic loads. Saving Time, Space and Resources.

The MHS Aluminum Building System allows Modular Manufacturers, Developers, Contractors, Engineers, Designers, Architects and Students to build from simple studios, Mobile RV’s, and camping homes to highly customized commercial structures.

This patented process helps users create availability, usability, reusability and sustainability for our future.

Optimized Components, Optimized Distribution, Optimized Results
We invite you to become a valued licensed fabricator or certified builder in your area.
For more information on MHS and its products please visit: http://www.modularhousingsystem.com

CONTACT:
Tim Siahatgar, Inventor
Modular Housing Systems (MHS)
USA-FAX: +1-949-266-8925
Email: office(at)modularhousingsystem(dot)com, or ussystems(at)aol(dot)com
China: Cherry Wang, Tel:010-58174026 Email info(at)yokiriko(dot)co(dot)jp

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Virginia Modular Relief

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Louisa County school officials say crews are preparing to place the county’s modular high school that will temporarily shelter students until the earthquake-damaged Louisa County High School can be repaired.

“Site work on the modular high school has already begun with tree removal and trenching for water and sewer lines,” schools spokeswoman Jaclyn O’Laughlin said Wednesday.

“The first set of trailers will arrive by the end of this week,” she said. “All units should be installed by Dec. 15, at which point walkways will be added, and furniture will begin to be moved into the mobile classrooms.”

The modular school is expected to open Feb. 1. The school should be able to meet the required hours and accreditation standards set by the Virginia Department of Education, O’Laughlin said.

The high school and Louisa County Middle School, which have been sharing facilities since school resumed after the Aug. 23 magnitude 5.8 quake, will resume a normal weekday schedule.

School officials are also reviewing an independent damage report of Louisa County High School and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. The schools’ insurance company has also provided the district with a damage assessment.

The report indicates that damage repair costs are about 70 percent of the cost of building a new Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, according to a filing by Gov. Bob McDonnell with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and President Barack Obama.

The high school is comprised of buildings built in 1938 and 1972 and joined in 2000. Damage estimates indicate that repair costs equal about 54 percent of replacement costs for the 1938 section and 50.2 percent of the 1972 building.

McDonnell included estimates as part of the official request asking that Obama declare the county a federal disaster area to gain federal funds to help rebuild the schools.

FEMA earlier this month denied McDonnell’s request for federal money for county residents. The county and the governor are appealing the denial. The requests are separate.

No repair efforts at the schools are planned until the insurance coverage is finalized and FEMA has made a decision on the school request for help.

 

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Modular Hospital

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Modular buildings turned hospitals in Joplin, Missouri after being hit by a tornado! Below is the article discussing a modular building hospital, very cool!
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(Joplin, MO) — St. John’s makes the move from its field hospital to a modular building. The sturdier structure will mean larger rooms and updated facilities for patients.

Registered Nurse Barbara Mammele has worked at St. John’s for six years. She says moving out of the field hospital into a modular building will add comfort for staff and patients.

“It helps to reduce the stress because you know it’s the best environment at the time, and that’s important,” Mammele says.

The new building features stable floors, indoor plumbing, and surroundings that remind employees, like Diana Clark, of work before the tornado.

“I found myself this morning coming in and I was placing everything like I had on my old floor – from the other hospital,” Clark says.

Staff transported patients with highest needs first. The new building offers spacious rooms and a higher level of privacy — making it easier for patients to come back to their hospital of choice.

“I really appreciated how they worked with me, and I had loyalty to the staff that was here. So when they asked me where I wanted to go I thought well, if they’re able to care for me, I’d like to go back there,” says patient Mark Hundson.

The modular unit also has windows — a key asset for any hospital.

“Which is just huge for the nurses, for our attitude and of course for the patient. Nothing helps a patient like a good deal of sunshine,” says Mammele.

And as light fills the air, so does the hope that St. John’s is one step closer to a permanent structure.

Crews will work to take down the field hospital this week.

All in favor…say I!

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67 percent favor modular buildings at WHE
By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE
Managing Editor
HAMLIN –  A comprehensive survey of parents, guardians, grandparents, community members, educators and businesses has found that two in every three would prefer modular buildings as a solution for West Hamlin Elementary’s overcrowding.
The survey was presented to the Lincoln County Board of Education at the Tuesday, September 20, 2011 regular session in Hamlin. A delegation from West Hamlin Elementary (WHE) was present for the meeting.

The matter of overcrowding was first brought before the board during the August 16 regular session in Hamlin. At that time, Lincoln County Superintendent of Schools Patricia Lucas described four possible solutions to the overcrowding problem at West Hamlin Elementary.

•A redistricting of the attendance area.
•Moving prekindergarten students to another facility before returning them to WHE for kindergarten.
•Moving the fifth grade class to Guyan Valley Middle School at the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
•Installing portable or modular units at WHE until such time as funding allows for permanent buildings.
Principal Kirk King was also present at the August 16 and briefed the board on the situation at the school. Following the meeting, in comments to The Lincoln Journal, Board President Kerry Matthews expressed confidence that the fifth grade move to GVMS would be workable. “Modulars won’t work because there is no room. I hate that we still have modulars at Duval,” said Matthews. He added that moving the attendance lines would not efficiently take care of the overcrowding because it takes a little out of all grades. “The only solution is moving the fifth grade. If you schedule the fifth and sixth grade to eat lunch and play together and change classes together, then they will have limited contact with the seventh and eighth graders,” said the board president in August.

The survey presented to the board last week included a summary report and all 534 completed questionnaires. In all, 650 forms had been issued. The survey therefore had an 82 percent participation rate. The breakdown of those taking part was as follows:
•312 parents
•65 grandparents
•55 community members
•42 educators
•35 business owners
•25 guardians

According to the survey, 67 percent  (361) of respondents would prefer portable units. The 361 who expressed that preference included 175 parents, 54 community members, 51 grandparents, 34 business owners, 27 educators and 20 guardians.

One in five of the respondents (20 percent, or 106 people) said they were in favor of moving the fifth graders to Guyan Valley Middle School. The 106 included 78 parents, 13 grandparents, 12 educators, two guardians and one community member.

Just nine percent (46) of those taking part opted for moving the prekindergarten classes to another facility and then returning the students to WHE for kindergarten.

Finally, four percent (21) of respondents were in favor of redistricting the attendance areas.
The board has yet to take final action on the matter.

New Floorless Design Puts Modular Construction on Level Ground

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Modular building expert discusses the innovative new building technique on the ModSpace blog

 

BERWYN, Pa., Oct 13, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — In a new blog post from ModSpace, Vice President of Construction Services and Architect Sam Tikriti introduces the company’s new floorless approach to prefabricated construction that puts modular on the same level, literally, as traditional building methods.

“Custom modular construction has come a long way with regard to design, engineering and applications,” says Tikriti. “Floorless modular building illustrates the capabilities of modular to deliver the same or better quality as traditional construction in significantly less time.”

Floorless modular installations are ideal for architects and clients looking for low-site-impact, quickly-delivered and cost-effective building solutions. With floorless installations, a grade-level slab of concrete is poured at the site prior to the delivery of the modules. At the same time, the modular structures are built in a factory. Finally, the completed modules are delivered and lowered onto the concrete floor and permanently secured.

Read more about this new building technique on the ModSpace blog, where ModSpace’s experts provide readers with the unique insights and commentary on today’s construction environment and trends.

Also on the ModSpace blog:

— 30 Days to Completion: A time lapse video shows a modular construction project built from start to finish in just one month.

— The Economics of Modular: Time is money, modular is faster. Learn how.

Visit blog.ModSpace.com today to subscribe and receive new industry insights in your e-mail.

ABOUT MODSPACE

Modular Space Corporation (ModSpace), based in Berwyn, Pa., is a leading provider of modular buildings, portable storage and services for temporary or permanent space needs. Building on more than 40 years of experience, ModSpace serves a diverse set of customers and markets–including commercial, construction, education, government, healthcare, industrial/energy and special events–through an extensive nationwide branch network throughout the United States and Canada.

SOURCE: ModSpace

        
        Press contact: 
        Gregory FCA 
        Leigh Sperun 
        Senior Account Executive 
        610-228-2108 
        Leigh@GregoryFCA.com 
        or 
        Company contact: 
        ModSpace 
        Jeff Dusing 
        Creative Communications Manager 
        610-232-0836 
        Mobile: 484-356-4051 
        Jeff.Dusing@ModSpace.com
        

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Internet Marketing 101

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Qualified Remodeler is a magazine that provides information to contractors and remodelers in the construction business. The company’s magazines are full of helpful hints, product spotlights, best practices and much more. Today, Prevost Construction is sharing helpful tips we received from Qualified Remodeler on how to advertise and get the most out of your business using the Internet.

 

Internet Marketing

Online marketing can pay off for remodelers who devote the proper time and effort

By Jon Minnick

The 1-800-Hansons Web site was bringing in some work for the remodeling company, but it was boring and didn’t compel local homeowners to buy. It wasn’t until after meeting with an interactive design company, Ohm Creative Group, that things turned around, making the site a powerhouse in its market. By following the right steps, any remodeling company can use digital marketing successfully, increasing its leads and closing more sales.

According to research conducted by BetterContractorThanYou.com, 83 percent of homeowners are shopping for remodelers on the Internet. Of those, 33 percent say that most sites they visit are poor and don’t provide enough information. Another 64 percent were happy with the sites but said there was little compelling content to keep them on the site. The bottom line is that only 3 percent of remodeling sites are marketing themselves effectively.

“Homeowners watch videos and look at images online to help them choose the right remodeler,” explains Jay Spallina, vice president of BetterContractorThanYou.com. “They also look up specific information on products and services. If a site offers these things, potential clients have been known to spend 30 minutes or more going through these materials. Show what makes you different or special and you’ll start closing more deals.”

Like Hansons, many remodeling companies have Web sites, but that’s not enough. It’s important to take the appropriate steps to ensure effective online marketing. That online marketing then needs to be reinforced throughout a company’s entire marketing repertoire.

Step 1: Check out the competition. One of the first steps in beginning a digital marketing effort is to see what the competition is doing. Look at the content they provide to potential clients. Think of ways to differentiate what is being offered in order to stand out. Conduct Internet searches for the local market and product categories in the market. Find out which companies appear on the first page of the search. This information will come in handy later when choosing search words to purchase and to increase search engine optimization (SEO).

Step 2: Launch a Web site. Now that it is clear who the online competition is, it’s time to put together a Web site, but just slapping up a company name with a phone number and calling it a day isn’t nearly enough. It’s important to provide great content for homeowners and make sure the content is easy for them to understand. Don’t use jargon. The site also must be easy to navigate. If potential customers can’t find the information they’re looking for, they’ll move on to someone else.

“One of the first mistakes remodelers make is that although they have a Web site, they don’t know what it does for them,” says Russell. “If you don’t know what to do with it, and you aren’t providing compelling information on it, it’s probably not doing much.”

The company Web site should also act as a resource for the community. If the site talks about relevant current housing topics, gives detailed information on products, and avoids generalities, homeowners will return again and again, recommending it to friends. With a unique offering and message, visitors’ interest will be piqued, and they will be more likely to hire the company that appears to be at the top of its game.

Step 3: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Hiring the friend of a friend or a relative who has taken up Web design as a hobby is probably the wrong course of action. Realize that it may be necessary to hire a Web designer to create something that is modern and current. It’s important to avoid having a new site that already looks old and drab the day it is launched.

“People use too many template-driven landing pages and Web sites,” says Jesse Cory, CEO of Ohm Creative Group. “They look cheap and cheap doesn’t sell. Consumers think their homes will look just as cheap when the job is done.”

Step 4: Don’t set it up and leave it. Assign someone to take responsibility for the site and make sure they are updating it. Without fresh content (like recent projects and current customer testimonials), traffic will begin to fall away and won’t return. It’s also a tell-tale sign that a Web site isn’t important to a company if a sale offer is posted past its deadline date or the site is still discussing upcoming building codes that went into effect over a year ago.

Step 5: Data capture is another important part of a Web site. It’s one of the single most important tools for capturing e-mail addresses, names, mailing addresses and phone numbers of potential clients. The best way to entice homeowners to hand over this information is to offer something in return. This can be done by an exclusive offer, sweepstakes, brochure or even a free estimate. Whatever data capture method used, it should not be buried on the site, be convoluted or ask too many questions. Just capture the basics in order to follow up later.

Step 6: Track the Web site traffic. A simple analytics program can be found for as little as $30 a year. Find out how many people are visiting the site, what they’re looking at and how long they’re staying. That way it is clear what is working and what needs to be fixed.

Step 7: Create a monthly e-newsletter. With e-mails gathered from data capture, a company has an audience of homeowners who are interested in remodeling their home and are now familiar with the company. An e-newsletter is an opportunity to discuss what is going on with housing locally (like new building codes), expand on hot topics as indicated through tracking the Web site traffic and display current projects. This promotes the company and sends traffic back to the Web site.

Step 8: Engage in some form of search engine optimization. This can be more crucial in larger, competitive markets. There are many companies offering SEO packages to domain name owners. These companies will make sure that key words and phrases drive traffic to a Web site, but be ready for the visitors and be prepared to spend some money. Some companies offer SEO packages at $2,500 a month for a year of service.

“SEO is only important if you make your Web site right,” explains Cory. “If you are using SEO to drive traffic to your site, but don’t have good content and data capture, visitors won’t translate into a sale. It’s like putting the cart before the horse. You’ll get an increase in traffic, but you’ll also get an increase of people bouncing right off of your site.”

In reality SEO can be done for no money by having a good site. If a Web site is properly made, the site will already be search engine optimized. Search engine spider programs will scan a site and pick up on key words and use that information when cataloging a company. That way search engines are working for a company without really trying.

Step 9: Make sure the Web site is properly indexed. Search engine indexing, or Web indexing, collects, deciphers and stores data to expedite fast and accurate information retrieval. One of the single most important places to index a site is the top tab. If the title tag just says “Home” instead of the company name and what it does, it becomes a missed opportunity. Every page of a site should contain a proper title tag.

Step 10: Con­sider paid click-through ads and search-word purchases. Buying search engine text ads that appear when a person searches for certain words can have a positive effect on the amount of people who visit a site. If a site does not automatically appear on the first page of a search, a purchased text ad will appear there. This ad will result in more recognition of a business and direct more click throughs.

Another purchase to consider is key word advertising. This will result in more Web site visitors, page views and click throughs by selecting and purchasing certain popular words relevant to the industry from a search engine firm.

When one of the purchased words is placed in the content on a variety of different sites that have contracted with the search firm, it appears in a different color and/or double underlined to draw the reader’s attention. Clicking on the word directs visitors to a company’s site.

Step 11: Use social networking to keep in touch with clients. Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook can be used to promote, drive traffic to and inform clients about changes to a Web site. Social networking is an opportunity to talk about upcoming home shows and offer special deals. It can also be a place to share the things a company is doing in the community and promote the latest sale. Invite homeowners to join a network on the Web site through the e-newsletter and in other marketing materials.

Step 12: Create a blog. A blog becomes a great way to make a site interactive and effective for getting people to stay on a Web site. When talking about the local community in a blog, it tells homeowners that a remodeler knows what’s going on. All else being equal, consumers are more likely to buy from the remodeler presenting themselves as an expert on a product or service.

A blog can also be used to feed a Twitter account, which in turn can be used to feed a Facebook account. That way a company only has to publish once and then broadcast across all of its social networking tools. This can be very easy to do and very inexpensive.

“When blogging though, don’t focus on sale items or the fact that you now have Low-E glass because no one is going to pick up on that marketing message and buy,” says Cory. “The purpose is to create a social community surrounding your business. Use it to get the message out about who you are as a company. Show the community that you’re real people who love what they do. That you’re a family helping other families.”

Step 13: Be prepared to spend some money. Now that the digital marketing tools are in place, it’s time to spread the news by updating all forms of marketing. That means getting the Web address on every company marketing endeavor. This includes company signage, business cards, brochures, the on-hold phone message, door knockers, etc. Any ads should focus more on the site and less on the new countertops a company is offering. The goal is to drizzle the Web site address on a lot of little things to get it out there and drive traffic.

“No one cares what product you’re putting on their house,” adds Cory, “because they’re buying your company and the work that you do, not the product.”

Teaming up with like-minded local companies can push the Web site as well. By co-op marketing with a mortgage company or offering a free oil change with every estimate, these companies push customers to the remodeler while the co-op companies receive traffic from the remodeling site.

Step 14: Follow up with potential clients in a timely manner. Homeowners are searching companies in an instant online world. They want instant follow-up as well. If a potential client is actively seeking a home repair project, it’s important that they see a company is attentive to their needs. It can be imperative to also talk to them while they are in the mind set of moving forward with a project.

The bottom line

“Don’t wait; don’t put it off,” says Cory. “One company we work with waited a year to contact us about setting up a new Web site. They were getting less than 10 hits a day. After we launched their new site, they started getting 30 hits a day and three of those turned into projects the first week. The longer you wait, the more opportunity you’re letting get away.”

The more a Web site becomes a resource for people in a community to visit, the better off a company is. It doesn’t happen overnight and takes time to develop. Give reasons for homeowners to keep coming back with fresh content on the site. Just having a Web site is not enough. It will need to be nurtured and cared for, just like a remodeling business.

 

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Alaska’s Plant

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In recent news, Alaska has made plans to set up a modular building plant in South Dakota. Ktiv.com and AlaskaDispatch have confirmed that the plant will bring dozens of jobs to Vermilion, South Dakota.

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Dozens of new jobs are coming to Vermillion, South Dakota. Builders Choice of Anchorage, Alaska is opening a plant that specialize in modular building construction. The buildings will be used for things like worksite housing, hotels and office facilities.

The company plans to have the Vermillion operation running by late this month, hiring 30 new workers initially. They plan to add another 20 to 30 jobs in the next year.

Workers interested in positions with Builders Choice can visit www.bcialaska.com and select the jobs tab to learn more about the available.