Case Study

Municipal Office Replacement

In August of 2007, the City of Norfolk decided to replace a 900 sq. ft. wood frame WPA era cemetery office that was far past its useful life. The facility houses historic cemetery records, an administrative staff of three who consult with citizens, and a four man grounds crew. The old building was a single crowded room with four desks pushed together and heated by a kerosene space heater.

The modular solution consisted of 1,408 square feet of permanent space that included:

  • Three offices
  • Large open public meeting space
  • Office storage area
  • ADA restroom with emergency shower/eyewash station
  • Large break room with kitchenette and additional storage and utility room
  • Full length exposed beam ADA accessible porch

"USMGE is to be commended not only for a superior product byt also for outstanding customer service and patience. The new modular facility allows the City to greatly enhance both the employee working environment and citizen services. Additionally the structure was required to maintain the 'craftsman design elements' of the original structure.

The primary challenge in this case was over three years of on-site technical and funding issues, frequent design changes, architectural interpretation and subcontractor issues. During this entire period, USMGE provided the City with a very functional temporary modular office, frequent and timely design alternatives and modifications. Finally and most helpful of all, USMGE provided a patient and understanding representative that was there to work with City staff and design consultants to assist in any way possible."


Paul Forehand
Management Analyst II