Project Frog, a leader in developing scalable Industrialized Construction (IC) solutions with an integrated building system product and technology approach, today announced it is nearing completion of 70,000 square feet of new public school facilities throughout California. Working with the Morgan Hill and Oakland Unified School Districts in Northern California, and the Long Beach Unified School District in Southern California, Project Frog is involved in the creation of 42 new classrooms in seven separate buildings that will house general education, math, music, and science.
“School construction is always a challenge,” said Drew Buechley, president and CEO of Project Frog. “With rigorous approval processes, limited budgets and short build windows, it’s a situation that is ripe for marginalized results. However, with our integrated building platform and our leading-edge technology approach, we’re able to quickly deliver a high-quality, state-of-the-art environment that promotes learning.”
Kit-of-Parts Approach to Industrialized Construction
During manufacturing, as part of the overall IC process, all parts are actively tracked, providing systematic quality control and feedback loop, involving both Frog’s design and construction teams, to ensure continuous improvement. Once fabrication is complete, delivery of the components is fully coordinated with the general contractor, and parts are delivered Just-in-Time (JIT) to the site, fitting within general contractors’ sequence and build schedule.
“For architects working on school projects, a flexible Kit-of-Parts building system brings predictability to the design process and allows the system to scale across various building typologies, addressing numerous building sizes and layouts,” said Dara Douraghi, vice president of architecture and engineering at Project Frog.
In addition, Project Frog offers a two-story Pre-Checked (PC) classroom building, facilitating the Division of School Architect’s (DSA) review process. This two-story PC building was most recently used at Fremont high school in the Oakland Unified School District.
Challenging Construction Landscape
“Architects aren’t typically huge fans of pre-fab solutions, simply because our design opportunities can be limited,” said Todd Walter, project director for McKim Design Group and lead architect for the Jackson Academy of Music in Morgan Hill. “The team was faced with the typical public-school challenges – adhering to strict DSA standards, yet the Project Frog solution allowed us to integrate state-of-the-art design elements to create an innovative and functional learning environment, with higher quality of construction possible through off-site fabrication. Upon completion, the building will be an aesthetically pleasing structure without added time or cost.”
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