A ‘Frog’ is a Flexible Response to Ongoing Growth, a way for architects, builders, and owners to create great buildings through a standardized set of building components, commonly known as a ‘kit of parts.’ The first ‘Frogs’ were designed by product designers, architects, and engineers in San Francisco to create bright, beautiful school environments to address the estimated 90,000 portable structures within the California school system. Since then, we have developed the process of designing, delivering, and assembling ‘Frogs’ into a science, and ‘Frogs’ and associated building products have been deployed as community centers, corporate retreats, retail environments, data centers, medical office buildings – even National Park visitor centers. Heck, there is even a Project Frog LED light fixture
At the root: the difference comes down to how we ship it.
Modular buildings are typically designed for 3-dimensional shipping on a flatbed truck, fully assembled in a factory, and then shipped to site to be craned into place. Modulars are great for many applications, and we have deployed them as restroom pods, medical exam rooms, and other room or building types where there is a high degree of standardization within the parameters of volumetric shipping.
Frogs, on the other hand, are configurable kits of building parts that are designed for 2-dimensional, flat-packed shipping, and that are delivered just-in-time for a contractor to assemble onsite -- often without the use of heavy machinery.
Think of an IKEA kit, but instead of assembling a piece of furniture, you get an energy-efficient, modern, building core and shell assembly, ready for fit and finish.
One other difference: modular buildings can be temporary or permanently sited; ‘Frogs’ are currently designed as durable, permanent buildings, capable of being retrofitted and around for decades.
In a word: flexibility.
Once you are free from the confines of the “box”, you unlock the ability to configure a building in a wide variety of ways and to meet a wide range of use types and programs. What results are buildings that leverage repeatable components to look a lot like traditional, stick-built structures, but that go from slab to water-tight at the pace of modular, ready for move-in in as few as 10 weeks.
Even better: the benefits of this componentized approach to construction accrue throughout the entirety of the design and construction process.
Design: By providing architects with a kit of parts and the technology and know-how to assemble it, design time is reduced without compromising quality or the ability to meet the program.
Procurement: By leveraging SKU manufacturing in state-of-the-art QA/QC environments, contractors reap the benefits of standard pricing and lead times, and can schedule just-in-time delivery of building components to run extremely efficient sites.
Install: Finally, by ensuring that the building components snap together quickly and easily onsite, owners enjoy the benefit of having their buildings up and running faster, without compromising their build programs or breaking the bank.
Why yes! Project Frog is recognized as delivering some of the most energy efficient, innovative, and sustainable buildings in the industry, and we have the awards, accolades, and certifications to prove it. From our LEED Platinum project at Crissy Field Center to our CHPS designed projects for Fremont Unified School District: Project Frog buildings feature daylight harvesting, can accommodate passive and semi-passive heating and cooling strategies, are PV-ready, and our building components are made from low-to-no VOC emitting materials. Additionally, we strive to use as much post-consumer recycled content as possible, while our delivery and logistics model is among the leanest in the business in terms of reducing onsite waste, reducing the number of trucks on the road, and providing an excellent platform for project teams to achieve advanced green certifications.
And as initiatives like the Well Building Standard increasingly take into account occupant health and wellness as a measure of building performance, we are right there, delivering buildings that are designed for comfort and optimized for human productivity, and piloting the Well Standard with our build partners.
We build buildings that compare favorably to traditional and modular projects in terms of bang for the buck, and typically fall in between in terms of cost. You may pay less for modular, but your building will look, well, more like a modular, meaning: lower ceilings, standard dimensions with less floorplan variability, and because modular buildings are often produced to meet a lower price point, this cost sensitivity is often reflected in lower quality materials arriving onsite.
We strike a balance: designing for the quality and flexibility of traditional construction while delivering at the pace of modular. We intend that your Frogs will be comfortable, inspiring places for learning, healing, shopping, visiting, and working for many years to come, whatever your needs or the growth of your business.
Finally, we work with clients from end-to-end to ensure all project goals – from schedule, to performance, to budget – are met. For clients with complex or multi-site build programs, we can leverage economy of scale in manufacturing to ensure optimal pricing.
In certain instances, project financing is an option given our deep connections in the developer and investor communities.
Drop us a line with a little bit about you and your project and our knowledgeable sales team will respond with more information about how to make Project Frog a part of your build team. We are experienced contracting within design-build, lease-leaseback, design-bid-build, developer-led, and P3 arrangements, and we provide end-to-end service as an integrated part of the project team.
We can’t wait to hear from you.