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MK Enterprise


Green building from a box

A new building concept, and eventually a Venture Capital back company visioned and created by MKThink and partners to pioneer a high performance alternative to 350,000 classroom trailers. Designed using state of the art parametric data and fabricated using precise engineering technology and operated by computerized spatial intelligence, the FROG program by MKThink revealed the potential for a new paradigm of building solution for the building industry. Success was realized through a series of protoypes and full-use projects in in US and transfer to commercial experts to enterprise production. The FROG approach unleashed a green, fast, high performance product and integrated building systems field that continues to advance today.


DATE: 2011
CITIES: San Francisco, Harford, Sonoma, Arcada +
STATES: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Washington
SIZE/SCALE: 1,00-10,000 SF
MARKET: Institutional (Health And Education)
CHALLENGE: Create a better, faster, green and less expensive alternative to quick low performance modular trailers.


CHALLENGE: Set aside traditional architecture methods to engineer a more perfect solution.
SERVICES: MKThink formed an integrated team of architects, product engineers, environmental engineers, sociologists, analysts and data scientists to create an unprecedented product solution for an architectural challenge
RESULT: Multiple projects for schools, hospitals, US national parks that are Leed Platimum, completed from PO to occupancy in 4-6 months for 20% less than conventional construction with similar performance specifications.
UPDATE: Multiple projects are still in full service beyond their term and performance expectation. Since 2006, Project Frog has delivered over 400,000 SF of healthy prefab buildings to the education, healthcare, and retail sectors. In partnership with Autodesk, Project Frog now offers its pre-fabricated design automation software-as-a-service to the broader AEC industry, connecting Frog’s automated design capabilities with manufacturing at scale.
AWARDS: Tech Crunch Green Building Company of the Year, Modular Building of the Year + others.
PUBLICATIONS: Fast Company + others.
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