MARE ISLAND, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--iMod Structures (IMS), makers of prefabricated Future Proof classrooms, announced today that veteran operations and facilities management executive Mike McKibbin, formerly of Rolls-Royce, has joined the company as Head of Operations.
In his new capacity, McKibbin will be responsible for the overall production of IMS High Performance Buildings, including management of the company’s growing production team, its 100,000-square-foot assembly facility on Mare Island in Vallejo, CA, and a global supply chain that involves manufacturing partners in China and Mexico.
Simultaneously, the company announced that IMS Principal Reed Walker will become Head of Innovation & Project Management. With extensive experience in product development, modular construction, and customer engagement, Walker will oversee deployment of IMS facilities at K-12 schools, colleges and universities throughout California. He also will work directly with customers to evolve the company’s High Performance Building System by driving innovation of new features and technologies.
“We are excited that schools and universities have recognized that our Future Proof Buildings can play a big role in safely bringing students and teachers back into the classroom,” said John Diserens, Principal at iMod Structures. “Demand for our classrooms has been strong this year, and every indication is this pace will continue through 2021 and beyond. With Mike and Reed in these new positions, we’re taking our business to the next level. We’re now well positioned to execute on all fronts, provide superior customer service, and accelerate our growth.”
Now actively engaged with multiple school systems and major universities across the state, iMod Structures is moving to ensure it has the right resources and processes in place to scale the company to meet current demand and maximize the market opportunity.
California faces a massive need for school modernization. There are more than 1,000 school districts and nearly six million K-12 students in the state, representing about 11% of all elementary students in the US. The State Analyst’s Office of California estimates that 33% of all students in the state are attending an overcrowded school or one in need of modernization.
“I’m thrilled to be joining iMod Structures at this exciting time in its growth,” said McKibbin. “The team has developed a compelling, innovative, and unique product that the market obviously wants. Now, it’s time to appropriately accelerate production in all the right ways, including implementing lean principles.”
McKibbin, a naturalized US citizen, was born and educated in Liverpool, England. He is a production veteran with more than 20 years’ experience planning and leading operations involving medium to large manufacturing environments. He most recently was Director of Operations at Rolls-Royce Indianapolis, Indiana. His career has encompassed a range of senior management positions focused on Production Management, Facilities Management and Lean Manufacturing. Prior to working at Rolls-Royce McKibbin spent more than a decade at Lucas Power Systems, England and Lucas Gear Systems, Utah.
“More than ever, schools at every level need ultimate flexibility in how they teach and train our next generation of leaders and the workforce of the future,” said Walker. “We designed our high performance buildings from the ground up to accommodate rapid change, and that core innovation is starting to pay dividends. Students, teachers and entire school districts will be the benefactors. And the addition of Mike marks a major milestone in enabling us to fully deliver on the promise of our Future Proof Classrooms.”
Available in single and two-story configurations, iMod High Performance Classrooms are prefabricated in the iMod Structures factory in Vallejo, CA, located an hour north of San Francisco. As needed, a second story can be added to an existing IMS building in the future, conserving open space on a campus and maximizing the school’s initial investment in the facility. As student populations ebb and flow, the second story can be removed and relocated to become the first story of a new classroom somewhere else. Additionally, the company’s DSA-approved temporary foundation makes them easy to relocate and ideal for use as temporary facilities during modernization projects. Each classroom is delivered to schools fully assembled, ready for utility hook up and occupancy within weeks. Standard classrooms are delivered within six months of a school entering a contract with IMS.
About iMod Structures
iMod Structures is transforming classrooms and how they are built. IMS is designing, manufacturing and installing DSA approved prefabricated, modular Future Proof classrooms that are healthy, resilient and sustainable 21st century learning environments. The company’s classrooms recently received the US Resiliency Council’s (USRC) Platinum Earthquake Rating, making them the first educational facilities in the country to achieve USRC’s highest resiliency status. Based on Mare Island in Vallejo, Calif., the company is funded by private investors and major financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs. Please visit imodstructures.com.