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'None of our jobs are the same. They are
all very different in size, shape and color.'
says modular component
manufacturers and vendors are
critical to its success.
Schools in Hyannis, Mass. The building, comprised of 16 modules, houses four classrooms
for Hyannis West Elementary School's Enoch
Cobb Early Learning Center. The project was
completed in the summer of 2016.
The permanent building was designed
to match the exterior of an existing early
learning building. The exterior includes a
custom combination of multi-tone Hardie
board panels and HardiePlank lap siding.
Features of the building include programmable thermostats, double glass exterior
doors, oversized windows, upgraded hardware, roof-mounted HVAC and ceramic
Vanguard Modular in 2011 completed
a two-story childcare facility for Bronx
Community College in New York City. The
15,000-square-foot permanent facility
includes a brick exterior, elevator, vestibule
and fenced playground area. Site work on
the project included extensive excavation
work to remove a portion of a hillside, the
Examples of the company's non-educational sector work include a 1,500-squarefoot, one-story permanent office building
for faculty and staff of Germanna Community College in Culpepper, Va., completed
at the end of 2015. Exterior features of the
building include a custom standing-seam
hip roof, vinyl lap siding, mud tape painted
walls, decks, ramps, sidewalks and landscaping. The building also includes data
and telecom lines, as well as electrical runs
from an adjacent building.
"The installation of this modular building
provided Germanna's faculty and staff
with space they needed much faster than
conventional construction could offer,"
Vanguard Modular says. "Furthermore, the
disturbance to the site and surrounding
environment was minimized, since trucks
were not frequenting the site with building
Vanguard Modular in 2015 completed a
1,600-square-foot, two-story scale house for
Gerdau Ameristeel Corp. in Charlotte, N.C.
The permanent facility houses high-tech
security and data communication equipment, and features a fully custom design on
its interior and exterior. Building features
include a stem wall foundation with crawl
space, ejector pump, lightning protection,
tempered safety glass, an observation deck
and a steel exterior.
Reliant on Vendors
Modular component manufacturers and
other vendors play a critical role in the
success of all of Vanguard Modular's projects. "We completely rely on our vendors
and suppliers; they are with us from
the beginning, figuring out how to put
together a project as well as what it will
cost to execute it. We require a high level
of quality, and the vendors who provide
that are the ones we use consistently and
regularly," Meyers says.
The company's vendors include
building set-up crews, suppliers of steps,
ramps and other access systems, as well as
electrical and other tradespeople it retains
for larger projects. "Our vendors are an
extension of our company when they
are on site," he adds. "We rely on them to
professionally interface with our clients,
just like our own team."
Vanguard Modular works with several
modular manufacturers. "We maintain
excellent relationships with our manufacturers, visit them regularly and pay them
on time. We take pains to understand
their strengths and weaknesses," Meyers
explains. "We match projects with the
manufacturer we think will do the best
job, and not necessarily one that will provide the best price. We're more interested
in a long-term client relationship than just
a one-off deal."
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