The technological core and breakthrough design innovation of the iMod Structures High Performance Building System is the iMod.
Developed through a joint venture with A.P. Moller Maersk, the iMod is a revolutionary new modular, steel frame, International Standards (“ISO”) compliant building system designed to take advantage of the uniform intermodal transportation infrastructure. It leverages the benefits of a shipping container (its size and corner castings which together enable intermodal transport and handling) without incurring the drawbacks of them (reliance on shear wall design that limits flexibility, an inability to establish the structural integrity of a used and potentially damaged container as well as condensation and insecticides, and dependency on welding to interconnect containers).
The iMod has undergone a rigorous Finite Element Analysis, peer-reviewed by the head of Seismic Engineering at Stanford University and approved by the California Division of the State Architect (DSA).
This heavy steel, moment frame module is constructed of new, heavy tube steel and is the building block of our system. Each 320-square foot iMod frame contains approximately six tons of steel. This 100-year frame will withstand the most rigorous seismic conditions imposed by DSA and is fitted out with state-of-the-art building systems to create classrooms that will accommodate advances in next generation teaching technology for decades to come.
iMod Structures high performance classrooms are currently available in single-story and two-story configurations with a wide range of option design features.