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2012 R+D Awards Winner: Building Blocks

2012 R+D Awards Winner: Building Blocks

  • The Building Blocks system offers the programmatic elements needed to construct a school. The fiberglass and foamed-in-place structural roof has an operable baffle to modulate the amount of incoming natural light.

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    The Building Blocks system offers the programmatic elements needed to construct a school. The fiberglass and foamed-in-place structural roof has an operable baffle to modulate the amount of incoming natural light.

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    Clint Ford

    The Building Blocks system offers the programmatic elements needed to construct a school. The fiberglass and foamed-in-place structural roof has an operable baffle to modulate the amount of incoming natural light.

  • Building Blocks can be assembled on site in four phases: site preparation and structural buildout; installation of roof modules; SIPs installation; and systems installation and fitout. The roofing modules comply with highway codes to expedite transportation to the site without requiring wide load permitting.

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    Building Blocks can be assembled on site in four phases: site preparation and structural buildout; installation of roof modules; SIPs installation; and systems installation and fitout. The roofing modules comply with highway codes to expedite transportation to the site without requiring wide load permitting.

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    Hodgetts + Fung

    Building Blocks can be assembled on site in four phases: site preparation and structural buildout; installation of roof modules; SIPs installation; and systems installation and fitout. The roofing modules comply with highway codes to expedite transportation to the site without requiring wide load permitting.

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    Exploded axonometric of Building Blocks' prefabricated roof module

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.


Project Credits

Project: Building Blocks: Prefabricated Modular Construction
Client Los Angeles Unified School District—Richard Luke (facilities manager); Kevin Newman (senior design manager); Briana Garcia (facilities-development manager)
Architect Hodgetts + Fung Design & Architecture, Los Angeles—Craig Hodgetts, FAIA (creative director); Hsinming Fung, AIA (design director); Darin Vieria (senior designer); Amber Langois (project manager); Anina Bach (designer)
Structural Engineer Thornton Tomasetti—Bruce Gibbons, Chuan Do (architecture); Marine Engineer—Alex Kozloff (fiberglass)
M/E/P Engineer Capital Engineers Consultants—Roland Thomas (project manager)
Fabrication FinCo Fabrication—Steve Brown