Art’s Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. announces that Art’s Way Scientific was awarded a 2015 Award of Distinction by the Modular Building Institute (MBI), at the annual MBI World of Modular Conference in Las Vegas, NV. The award winning modular transgenic swine facility was designed, manufactured and installed for Iowa State University’s Zumwalt Station Farm in Ames, IA.
With competition in over 30 categories, MBI’s contest is the commercial modular industry’s premier awards program for MBI members, which include building manufacturers, dealers, and product and service providers. “This project is an excellent example of the capability of our team,” said Dan Palmer, President of Art’s Way Scientific. “This project combines the features of our laboratory animal research experience and our longstanding history of agricultural swine production buildings into a complex for transgenic animals. This building is one of a kind. We are pleased that it has been chosen for this prestigious award.” Contest entries are relocatable, permanent, and renovated modular buildings as well as industry marketing pieces.
The Art’s Way Scientific building was awarded an honorable mention in the Permanent Special Application category. Each entry is reviewed by an impartial panel of industry and non-industry construction and code experts, architects and engineers, and marketing professionals. Building entries are judged on architectural excellence, technical innovation. Art’s-Way Scientific Wins Modular Building Institute Award For Iowa State University Transgenic Swine Facility & sustainability, and cost effectiveness, including energy efficiency, and calendar days to complete. The biomedical facility excelled in all three criteria.
Art’s Way Scientific was chosen to design, manufacture, and install a 2904 SF transgenic swine facility to support studies of Genetic Modification of Domestic Animals for Agricultural and Biomedical Applications. This standalone facility incorporates biosafety features to protect a closed herd of special swine used in research. Comprised of two 16′ 6″ x 88′ modules it includes a double shower through entry, changing rooms, laundry, restroom, storage, preheat, biohazard filter area, and 2178 SF of animal housing space. Cast iron slatted hog flooring supported over a sealed pit with scraper system allows sanitary waste management and removal. Structural insulated panels provide a sealed envelope, with sound attenuation properties, finished with steel siding to match existing campus structures. The interior surfaces are finished with an anti-bacterial, seamless, fiberglass reinforced epoxy coating system. Insulated doors and windows are used to monitor animal activity and the environment.
Technical Innovation & Sustainability
Following the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching, 3rd edition, flexible stainless steel pens were used to provide a social animal environment for individual, paired, or group housed animals. Special emphasis was given to the ventilation system, which includes MERV 8 supply filters, cascading positive pressure air flows and differential pressure from room to room, all with the purpose of creating an environment to maximize animal health and welfare. Room heat is supplied by thermostatically control heaters, tied to a multi-stage agricultural control system. Digital temp and RH sensors monitor temperature, humidity and air flow. Water resistant electrical components including PVC conduit, NEMA 3 panels, and wet environment fixtures are used. Animal drinking water is supplied by ¾” PEX through pressure reducing and medication stations to animal water cups. Surface mounted power and water systems allow flexibility if the research requirements change.
By utilizing the modular solution for agricultural animal research programs, the client recognized a 50% time savings compared to traditional construction. Having research ready animals close at hand allows the University to avoid acquiring animals from other sources, and the associated transportation costs, plus allows the local veterinarian to monitor the health status of the animals throughout their entire life. As compared to a site built facility, the University gained this space for approximately half the cost of traditional ABSL2 site built facilities. Factory construction and testing of critical environmental systems reduce startup labor and provides the owner with a “research ready” facility. The building design eliminated the need for bedding purchase, handling and disposal. Foundation and infrastructure costs of $25,000 are 60-70% less than that of a site built structure.
Art’s Way Scientific Earns Prestigious Modular Building Institute Award
For its innovative modular Biomedical Research building in Bay Area, California, Art’s-Way Scientific has earned a Modular Building Institute (MBI) 2014 Award of Distinction.
With competition in over 30 categories, MBI’s contest is the commercial modular industry’s premier awards program for MBI members, which include building manufacturers, dealers, and product and service providers.
“This project is an excellent example the capability of our team,” said Dan Palmer, President of Art’s Way Scientific. “We are pleased that it has been chosen for this prestigious award.”
Contest entries are relocatable, permanent, and renovated modular buildings as well as industry marketing pieces. The Art’s Way construction won first place in the Permanent Modular Building Design category for healthcare facilities over 5,000 square feet.
Each entry is reviewed by an impartial panel of industry and non-industry construction and code experts, architects and engineers, and marketing professionals. Building entries are judged on architectural excellence, technical innovation & sustainability, and cost effectiveness, including energy efficiency, and calendar days to complete. The biomedical facility excelled in all three criteria.
The 21,324 square-foot facility was part of a major campus project. This facility consists of over 90 percent vivarium space with 24,000 cages. It also contains office and mechanical, electrical and plumbing areas as well as shower and break room space.
The building had to meet a variety of codes and standards including the American’s with Disabilities Act, Cal-Green, Campus Standards and The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Animal space was made with seamless, anti-bacterial fiberglass reinforced epoxy coating system, Sika epoxy flooring and fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) doors. Staff areas include carpet, acoustical ceilings, wood doors and painted gypsum walls. Aluminum rail protects the facility from equipment traffic. A storefront entry, casement windows and a stained vertical grain cedar slat rain screen allows this facility to blend into the existing campus as it achieves the accreditation of an animal biosafety (ABSL) level 2 facility and offers a pleasing, discreet appearance.
Technical innovation & sustainability
This facility meets the critical HVAC requirements while minimizing access to the holding and procedure rooms by directing air supply and exhaust through the central common corridors. Equipment can be maintained through the central corridor suspended ceilings without compromising the containment barriers of the animal areas. Redundant exterior air handlers with fan wall technology supplies the facility with all alarm systems connected to the owners central control system.
The buildings required site design and planning, energy use, water management, material recycling, waste reduction and interior environmental quality to achieve the required systems design. The design and function incorporates Cal-Green and Title 24 compliance. Low or no VOC materials were used throughout the facility with construction waste and recycling controlled in the plant. The building is designed to be re-purposed should future space be consolidated.
After a number of cost and schedule analyses, it was determined that constructing a modular in lieu of conventional methods would not only cut cost by 10 percent but also reduce construction time by 5 months. The construction took only 378 days to complete.
The design team considered all elements of value engineering such as roof top HVAC entry with branching though common corridors. The design includes low-flow fixtures and recyclable caging, eliminating a cage wash which achieved an estimated water savings greater than 1 million gallons and $40,000 in energy costs annually. Factory pre-commissioning and testing contributed to reduced costs on site. LED exam lighting is used in the procedure rooms. Two mobilizations of delivery minimized disruption, allowing business as usual on campus. By going modular, the owner was able to continue its ongoing research while addressing their expanding need for animal space in a quick, cost efficient way.
The Modular Building Institute is the international nonprofit trade association that has served the modular construction industry for more than 30 years. Members are suppliers, manufacturers and contractors involved in all aspects of modular projects — from complex multistory solutions to temporary accommodations. As the voice of commercial modular construction, MBI expands the use of offsite construction through innovative construction practices, outreach, education to the construction community and customers, and recognition of high-quality modular designs and facilities. For more information on modular construction, visit www.modular.org.
About Art’s Way Scientific
Based in Monona, IA, Art’s Way Scientific provides turnkey, modular buildings for scientific study by universities and research entities as well as buildings for calf care and all stages of hog production. Manufactured with a rapid cycle time, the modular buildings are easy to relocate, offer complete climate-controlled comfort and are easy to clean and sanitize. Art’s Way Scientific is a wholly owned subsidiary of Art’s Way Manufacturing, a long standing leading manufacturer and marketer of specialized agricultural equipment headquartered in Armstrong, IA.