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Modular Focus | VANGUARD MODULAR BUILDING SYSTEMS LLC
Each of Vanguard Modular's projects
is custom, and it works with a variety
of architects to meet clients' needs.
The two-story, 3,400-square-foot
building, which includes an underground
crawlspace for utilities, will serve a dual
purpose. In addition to its main function as
the gun range's administrative offices, the
building will also serve to deaden the sound
of gunshots. The outdoor range is used by
Boston police as well as other area police for
training, and is located on Moon Island in
Quincy Bay, which is joined to the mainland
by a causeway.
"We are using an acoustic metal panel
system that deadens the sound of gunshots over the water," Senior Estimator Jim
Bennett says. The Sound Transmission Class
(STC)-rated metal panels will absorb sound
that otherwise would travel across the bay
to within range of several nearby residences. The building has a concrete foundation
and a steel frame.
The two stories of the building will be
joined by a custom-made stair tower featuring architectural latticework. Other notable
aspects of the building - designed by CSS
Architects of Massachusetts - include a stem
wall exterior foundation on all four sides
of the building that allows it to sit at grade
instead of being elevated on piers.
The building site is roughly 20 feet above
the bay's sea level. "The visibility of this
project will be amazing," Bennett says.
"Thousands of people in the surrounding
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community, as well as boaters who go by,
will be able to see this building."
Manufacturer NRB USA is assembling
the building in its New Holland, Pa., facility
before transporting it to the site to ensure its
six modular components properly match up
before final erection takes place.
Building modules will be shipped to the
island in late July and early August. Assembly will be performed within a one- to twoday period immediately after all modules
arrive. Interior finishing is anticipated to
last one month, Bennett says.
The project is the first that Vanguard
Modular has performed in Quincy, though
it has performed several projects for its
owner - the city of Boston - in the past.
"None of our jobs are the same," Bennett
says. "They are all very different in size,
shape and color, and we work with a wide
variety of architects in the Boston area."
Vanguard Modular's other notable recent
projects include a 6,258-square-foot classroom building for client Barnstable Public