Find out how the US Navy is getting safe, sustainable modular offices quickly and at a low price point

by Brianna Crandall — September 26, 2018 — Of interest to facilities managers (FMs) and owners looking for new space quickly and at a low price point, SG Blocks, a designer, fabricator and innovator of container-based structures, announced new contracts this month with the US Navy, as well as a strategic partnership with Sequential Modular Partners.

US Navy contracts

SG Blocks was selected to design and construct new container-based office facilities for the US Navy. Under two new purchase orders, the office modules will be prefabricated off site and delivered by the end of the year.

The Navy will utilize the office modules at various locations in Portsmouth, Virginia, both ashore and afloat, as well as for an office project in Georgia.

Paul Galvin, chairman and CEO of SG Blocks, stated:

SG Blocks has a longstanding relationship with the US Navy, and we are delighted to extend our design and construction reach into office modules. Utilizing our container-based method of construction, we are able to quickly design, prefabricate and deliver projects. This saves money for the Navy and uses our sustainable, eco-friendly method of construction.

Strategic partnership with Sequential Modular Partners

The company also announced that it has established a strategic partnership with Sequential Modular Partners. The new company will deliver integrated modular solutions to Fortune 500 companies; local, state and federal agencies; and the US military. SG Blocks will be the exclusive product supplier to Sequential, which will be based in Dallas, Texas.

The majority partners of the joint venture are Wayne Lawrence, Tim Brown and Pinnacle Design Group. SG Blocks will have a minority interest in the company. Lawrence is CEO of Sequential Modular Partners and has over 30 years of experience in the modular construction sector. He has reportedly built an enviable track record of customer relationships during his career. Brown, NFL Hall of Famer and Heisman Trophy winner, has agreed to join the Sequential team and will work closely with Wayne in establishing quality client relationships all over the country. Pinnacle Design Group, located in Norman, Oklahoma, has over 25 years of specialized multi-disciplined design/build experience in government contracting, multifamily, hospitality, commercial and sustainable projects.

Galvin noted that the move will help the company continue to increase its footprint on both a national and international scale, and will grant it access to public, private and hybrid bidding opportunities as well as new opportunities with the federal set-aside business.

SG Blocks

Founded in 2007, SG Blocks utilizes code-engineered cargo-shipping containers to construct and provide safe, durable and environmentally friendly structures. The company says it has an exclusive ESR number granted by the International Code Council (ICC) that ensures its ability to meet and exceed all international building codes. SG Blocks supports developers, architects, builders and owners in achieving greener construction, faster execution, and stronger buildings of higher value. Each project starts with GreenSteel, the structural core and shell of an SG Blocks building, which is then customized to client specifications.

Clients have included Starbucks, Marriott, Taco Bell, Aman, Equinox and several branches of the US military.

In other recent announcements, SG Blocks partnered with SOLDIER ON to combat veteran homelessness, and with a Latino-focused community development financial institution to deliver affordable housing and a revolutionary mortgage product, with the first project anticipated to be a 50-unit development in Puerto Rico where the container homes will be finished out and installed by local developers, bringing much-needed affordable and resilient housing and generating new jobs on the island.

Visit the SG Blocks website to see an explanation of how the group turns shipping containers into “incredible new environments,” as well as project photos.