Thursday, February 25, 2016

Signature Building Systems Provides Housing for 450 College Students

Signature Building Systems of PA not only builds some of the finest custom modular homes in the East but they also excel in building modular commercial structures.

All photos courtesy of Hueber Breuer Construction
Centennial Hall is just one example of the quality commercial work and was constructed to provide housing to undergraduate students at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. It was built at 4 and 5 stories with 9ft. ceilings and boasts three unique fully furnished apartment designs spread out in two wings. 

The 112,000 square foot dormitory houses 452 students providing them amenities such as lounge areas, indoor bike storage and a laundry room. The builder and developers were chiefly focused on "green" and eco-friendly building products. Below are a few key features of this 184 box project:
  • All Energy-star lighting
  • Closed-cell insulation in all walls and ceilings
  • All Low-VOC paints, coatings, sealants and adhesives
  • ThermoLite windows throughout; operable windows in living units
  • Water-source heat pump in each living unit
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures throughout

Students can choose from three different apartment layouts which include 4 private bedrooms, 2 private bedrooms or a shared bedroom. The full bathrooms include Marmoleum floors, surface mount medicine cabinets and granite vanities. The kitchens include Energy Star refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers and granite countertops.
This project was manufactured by Signature Building Systems of PA and finished on site by Hueber Breuer Construction.

Hueber-Breuer added the following saying that they proudly constructed the largest modular construction project in Central New York.

This four story building is largely constructed of 184 wood modules and will soon be home to 450 students. A brief list of the sustainable attributes of this construction method is listed below:
  • Reduced construction schedule due to increased worker efficiency of assembly line process
  • Increased worker productivity & well being due to controlled factory environment
  • Reduced construction schedule in harsh climates due to controlled factory environment
  • Reduced construction schedule; site work & building framing can occur simultaneously
  • Reduced site construction costs; less work on site means less energy used
  • Reduced on-site utility costs  for projects under construction in winter months
  • Minimized site disturbance & negative impact on environment due to factory construction
  • Reduced construction waste as wood waste is used for OSB & filler
  • Reduced mold in drywall as a result of moisture due to dry factory environment
  • Reduced material waste due to water damage due to dry factory environment
  • Increased construction quality to be expected as units are constructed in a factory environment
  • Increased soundproofing between floors due to composite floor/ceiling structure
  • Increased soundproofing between units due to double wall construction between units
  • May reduce project costs depending on local regulations and union requirements
  • May reduce costs for worker lodging in remote construction sites due to factory construction


Anonymous said...

I was not aware that Signature did projects like this. Nice.

William aka "Little Bill" said...

Because of Gary and his blog site, we are all able to see what is being built in the modular industry.
If only the MHBA had a gallery page to showcase the houses built by their members. Just a thought.

Tom Hardiman said...

Bill, we have posted homes for the past 21 months from our members on our Home of the Month pages. Would you care to submit yours?

William aka "Little Bill" said...

Tom, why only for "Home of the Month"? Why not a gallery for all houses, not just special monthly homes.
As I stated before, Gary's blog site serves the modular industry in a greater capacity than any other resource available, including your web site.

Tom Hardiman said...

So William, I'll ask again, would you like to submit a home that you have built recently? We have the full gallery of 21 Homes of the Month on our site. Oh, and # 22 coming this week. Check it out when you get a chance.

As for me, I need to return to my role as the advocate for the industry and finalize my plans to fly to Connecticut this week to try to lobby for relief from the onerous transportation requirements there. So apologies in advance if I'm slow to respond to your next (inevitable) criticism of MHBA.