CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- The new MRI facility is a modular building nestled into the University of Virginia Medical Center. The building was created off-site in Pennsylvania by a company called NRB. It was then shipped in chunks to Charlottesville where it was installed.
The chunks, or "modulars," are as close to finished as possible. Everything from plumbing and air conditioning, to desks and automatic doors are already pre-installed in the building. The installation process is so fast, it throws-off some people.
“People are amazed,” says Lee Bachman, construction manager for NRB. “They might go home Friday from work and come back Monday and have a building that wasn't there. It's pretty neat.”
NRB says it takes about three months to pre-build the structure off-site, but only about a week to install and finish the building. NRB says that UVa is going to use the modular building to help do more MRI scans for patients in a more permanent facility.