Prefabricated Building Systems
Building Blocks is a prefabricated modular classroom prototype system which incorporates all of the programmatic elements necessary for the construction of a public school classroom.
Utilizing the same technology found in swimming pool construction, luxury yachts, and high-performance automobiles, Building Blocks is a patented system of prefabricated components specifically designed for rapid erection of permanent classrooms, barracks, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities.
A system allowing affordable high quality structures has application far beyond education: stand-alone pavilion structures, small civic buildings, permanent disaster re-housing, etc. Rapidly deployable, yet robust and permanent, this system fills a vacant niche in the built environment. The fiberglass material envisioned for the shell is waterproof, UV resistant, and maintenance free, with a life expectancy of over fifty years.
“What sets this system apart from many other attempts to do more or less the same thing is its beauty and elegance. HplusF has a long history of making simple, expressive structures using off-the-shelf components, and here they reduce the act of architecture to proportions, color, and gesture.” - Aaron Betsky
Factory assembly of functional components such as lighting, fire protection, and acoustic insulation within a molded fiberglass shell promises to substantially reduce construction schedules and debris, trip generation, and on-site labor, while offering considerably more flexibility than conventional “box” type modular construction.
A fully-scalable “kit of parts” system, Building Blocks can be deployed very rapidly to accommodate a variety of sites. This flexibility in potential siting is allowed by structural, mechanical, and construction systems designed to perform properly in a full spectrum of worst-case scenarios: sun exposure, heating and cooling, seismic, wind loading, and site sensitivity.