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April 07, 2009 17:29 ET

NRB Inc. Earns Five Awards of Distinction for Building Excellence From the Modular Building Institute

Millmont School Project Picked as Judges Choice and Best of Show

GRIMSBY, ONTARIO and EPHRATA, PENNSYLVANIA--(Marketwire - April 7, 2009) -

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NRB Inc. won five Awards of Distinction during the Modular Building Institute's annual conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 31st. Awards were given for the Millmont School project, Walpole Island project and NRB's web site. Every year the Modular Building Institute hosts an Awards program that recognizes the best projects in commercial modular building design and construction. The projects are scored in four categories: architectural excellence, technical innovation, cost effectiveness/energy efficiency, and calendar days to complete.

"We are very pleased that two NRB projects took first place honors in this awards competition," said Bob McNeil, President of NRB. "These awards are a testament to our clients, our staff and the modular construction process."

The Millmont School in Reading, Pennsylvania, won an unprecedented three awards. It took first place in the category of Permanent Education Building over 10,000 square feet; 'Best of Show' as chosen by convention attendees as well as 'Judges Choice'; a new category this year, which is awarded to the building project with the highest number of cumulative points awarded by the judges.

Completed in just 12 months, Millmont is a two story school building set over an underground parking garage, integrating 60,000 sq. ft. of permanent modular construction for classrooms, offices and media centers, with 38,000 sq. ft. of conventional site built construction that houses the gym, cafeteria and mechanical spaces. The brick and concrete facade resembles a 1950's school befitting the era of that neighborhood, and includes the original gargoyles salvaged from the old school.

"We are very proud of Millmont and feel it was a great success," said Richard Quinn of Gilbert Architects. "I admit I was skeptical about the use of modular construction at first, but working on this project with the NRB team has made me a believer," he added.

The 60,000 square foot building was built at NRB's Ephrata PA plant, and transported to Reading PA in sections, using steel and concrete modular construction technology. "This project delivery method has the modular construction and site construction working together concurrently on and off the site. That helps reduce on site disruption and shortens the schedule, allowing the school to open sooner" said Don Engle, General Manager of NRB's Ephrata Plant.

Walpole Island (Constable's Office & Detention Area), in Walpole, Ontario won first place for permanent institutional construction under 5,000 square feet.

Completed in just over 4 months, the Walpole Island Police Building was the result of a combined Federal and Provincial Government initiative to fulfill a longstanding commitment to provide the people of Walpole Island First Nation with a new, permanent police services building. At 4,940 sq. ft., this was a turnkey project, where the building was transported to site in prefabricated sections about 85% finished, so the time to complete and site disruption were kept to a minimum. The building is finished in architectural stone to blend in with the community.

According to Laurie Robert, NRB's VP of Sales and Marketing, off-site modular construction is an inherently "greener" process. "Building off-site under controlled conditions significantly reduces the amount of waste generated at a project site. It also reduces vehicular traffic, safety hazards and disruption to the neighboring community," she stated.

About The Modular Building Institute Awards of Distinction

Founded in 1983, the Modular Building Institute (MBI) is the only international non-profit trade association serving non-residential modular construction. MBI Awards of Distinction are the commercial modular industry's premiere awards program, offering competition in over 30 categories for MBI members: building manufacturers, dealers, and product and service providers. Each entry is reviewed by an impartial panel of industry and non-industry construction and code experts, architects and engineers, and marketing professionals.

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About NRB Inc.

Since 1979 NRB Inc. has been at the leading edge of modular construction technology for permanent applications. Recently the company has taken a frontline industry position in the design and development of "greener" building strategies. Headquartered in Grimsby, Ontario Canada, the company has a US manufacturing plant located in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. NRB primarily services Ontario and the North East, Mid Atlantic and Mid Western US marketplace, however, NRB buildings have been delivered and installed from coast to coast. NRB's founders, Bob and Jean McNeil, were inducted into the Modular Building Institute's Hall of Fame in 2003.

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