Modular on the Rise

By JASON SCOTT, Staff Writer, Central Penn Business Journal


A steady stream of shrink-wrapped steel and concrete module units are about to begin their ascent from Ephrata to Brooklyn, N.Y.

For more than a month, modular manufacturer NRB (USA) Inc. will watch as the largest project in its 11-year history leaves Lancaster County on trucks for a private school site about 150 miles away.

Don Engle Jr

Don Engle, Jr., of NRB.
Image courtesy of Amy Spangler/Central Penn Business Journal.

There the pieces — built to precise specifications and disassembled over the last six months — will be reassembled seven stories high.  (Note: Brubaker Inc. is the plumbing contractor of record on this project.)

NRB (USA) Inc. in Ephrata is finishing a seven-story, 75,000-square-foot private school for Basis Independent Schools in Brooklyn, N.Y.

This is the largest project in the history of the Canadian company’s U.S. facility, which opened in 2003.

The modular builder will begin shipping the finished modules for the $10 million project by the end of the month or in early July. Occupancy is slated for September.

Finishing touches on restroom sinks

After completion this section of the building will be ready for delivery.

Some interesting facts about the school:

Internal systems


• About 2 million pounds of steel and 614 cubic .yards of concrete were used in the construction.
• About 175 lowboy trailers hauled by four trucking companies will be used to transport 163 module units, plus miscellaneous materials.
• NRB will ship units for about 35 days.
• Construction started in Ephrata in December of 2013.
• About 125 people have been working to build modules for NRB’s active projects — most for the New York school.  Many of those are regional subcontractors from various trades.


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