This question has been posed for years, even decades. Nowadays a multitude of structures such as commercial office buildings, retail spaces, medical clinics, school facilities, military dormitories, even hotels are successfully built utilizing the modular building construction process. Therefore, shouldn’t the question be “Why NOT Build Modular?”
First, let’s describe what modular construction is. Built to the same construction codes and utilizing the same building materials as site-built construction, modular buildings are constructed offsite in a manufacturing facility, much like vehicles are. Various “modules” are built to make up the total square footage of a building. These modules are then individually transported to the project site for installation onto a foundation. Final assembly, utility connections, and finishing touches complete the building. Can you imagine driving your house down the road at 65MPH plus? Suitably, prefabricated components are built more stringently which results in tighter structures, improved durability, and higher quality than site constructed buildings.
There are many benefits associated with offsite construction. Other than improved durability and superior quality, factory construction significantly reduces project site traffic, noise, safety risks and overall community disruption. With at least 80% of the construction completed in the factory, limited personnel are needed on site. This lessens the labor costs for the project. Weather related delays are notably reduced as the building construction is not exposed to the elements. With all construction trades in one location at one time, structures are built in half the time needed to build a site-built project.
The building design and aesthetics are not compromised when choosing offsite construction as the majority of designs can be “modularized” to capture the design intent. Integrating this method of construction early in the design stages is crucial to avoid the need for redesign.
Modular construction is inherently “greener” than site-built construction. Structures offer a tighter building envelope. Recycling and reuse efforts can more easily be incorporated in the factory, minimizing waste during construction. The environmental impact associated with this method of construction is also minimized.
High quality, sustainable, innovative, efficient, cost-effective, and shorter time to completion…again, “Why NOT Build Modular?”
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