Modular Project: University of North Carolina Healthcare Systems
The permanent modular Courtyard Café is comprised of 4 modules and totals 3,752 sq.ft. It includes inside seating for 80 with ADA compliant bathrooms, sprinkler system, commercial kitchen space, a serving line, freezer room, refrigerated areas for prepared salads & drinks, coffee bar, and cash office. The exterior features multiple entry points with Trex railing & decking, a metal roof covered entrance, and a side lift station for deliveries. The exterior also includes a site installed metal roof, hardie panel siding trimmed to match the hospital colors, and outdoor seating areas to view the beautiful campus surrounding.
The client supplied the modular cafe building seating and equipment to furnish the kitchen/cafeteria. Vanguard Modular Building Systems handled all else such as the foundation, HVAC installed in attic, sprinkler system, special carpet squares in dining area, painted sheet rock walls, and epoxy flooring throughout the kitchen area. The dropped t-grid ceiling was installed for easy access to data systems, phones, and cable so, should a problem arise, workers can easily access it. The café features a stainless steel serving line and checkout area for customers, multiple areas for condiments, water fountains, and a wireless camera system for security. The café property includes an outdoor seating area as an option for customers to enjoy their meal. This unique campus property provides customers convenient access to quality food but with the ability to stay close to their work or loved ones. Vending machines, ice machines, and an ATM were also installed within the modular cafe building for customers’ convenience.
Modular construction allowed the 3,752 square foot café to be completed in a fraction of the time it would have taken for traditional site built construction. Vanguard Modular Building Systems managed all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and carpentry work thereby permitting the client to quickly open its doors and start generating revenue sooner. As a result, the client received significant cost and time savings. ENERGY STAR appliances were installed at the Courtyard Café to lower energy consumption and operational costs. Additionally, the café is equipped with four flat screen televisions for menu highlights, campus news, and world events. Wireless connectivity throughout allows customers to stay in touch outside the campus.
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