Below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding modular construction.


What is permanent modular construction?

As defined by the Modular Building Institute, permanent modular construction is “A design and construction process performed in a manufacturing facility which produces building components or modules that are constructed to be transported to a permanent building site.” Equivalent to site-built construction, permanent modular buildings are installed on a concrete foundation. Silver Creek Industries have extensive experience with various building applications.

What benefits are associated with modular construction?

There are numerous benefits associated with modular building 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 offsite, 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, and with all trades in one location at one time, structures are built in half the time needed to build a site-built project.

Is modular construction different than site-built construction?

The primary difference between modular construction and site-built construction is that modular construction is performed in a manufacturing facility and the building components are transported to the site for installation and final assembly. The construction codes and materials used are exactly the same. Read more about why building modular makes sense…

What type of buildings can be constructed via modular construction?

Multi-story commercial office buildings, retail space, daycare centers, school facilities including gymnasiums, weight room buildings, library, music/choir rooms, multipurpose room, two-story classroom buildings, and administrative offices, medical clinics, student housing, military dormitories, just to name a few – view SCI completed projects. With building technologies continuously evolving and with the inherent flexibility offered with modular buildings, this method of construction is a viable solution for a multitude of projects.

How long does it take to construct a modular building?

Construction timelines vary based on the size of the project, but typically 30% to 50% time savings is achieved by choosing modular construction rather than traditional site-built construction.

Is modular construction less expensive than site-built construction?

Modular construction offers cost savings because of the benefits associated with this method of construction. With construction taking place in a manufacturing facility, all workers are in one place at one time creating a reduction in personnel needed to complete a project. The factory setting also provides shelter from the weather with less opportunity for delays. Building materials are not exposed to the elements or left on-site where vandalism and theft could occur. And since owners can occupy their buildings much quicker than with a site-built project, this presents the opportunity to start generating revenue much sooner.

How are modular buildings inspected?

Modular buildings are constructed by a workforce specialized in this method of construction. The team includes quality control staff that inspects each phase of the construction of each project, from start to finish. A third-party inspection agency also verifies quality and code compliance at various stages of the project.

Can a modular building be “green”?

Modular buildings are inherently green due to the method of construction itself. Because the construction takes place in a manufacturing facility, there is far less transportation emissions with workers traveling once daily to one location. Materials are also delivered to one location. Construction is more efficient and there is less waste. Environmental stewardship is a primary concern for Silver Creek Industries. We recycle 100% of our steel, paint, lumber, cardboard, and drywall.

What is the difference between a modular building and a manufactured building?

Modular buildings are designed and built to meet or exceed the same construction codes as traditional site-built construction. The same building or zoning rules apply as well. Manufactured buildings are built to the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act HUD Code, and often have restrictions on the location of the buildings. Manufactured buildings have a metal chassis and require a VIN number, while modular buildings are installed on a wood or concrete foundation.

Are modular buildings and prefabricated buildings one in the same?

Modular buildings and prefabricated buildings are both constructed in a manufacturing facility and both meet or exceed the same construction codes as site-built construction. However, modular buildings are complete building components while prefabricated buildings are a kit or parts such as exterior walls that get assembled on-site.

Can modular buildings be energy efficient or net zero?

Absolutely! By integrating high-performance design features, performing energy modeling and monitoring the development of the building in the early stages of a project, modular buildings can meet the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) criteria for high-performance buildings, as well as the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ratings, and achieve net zero by incorporating solar or wind power.

Is the quality better with modular constructed buildings versus site-built?

Modular buildings are constructed to precision with frequent inspections providing superior quality over site-built construction. With the process involving the building components being driven down the road at 55 MPH plus, modular buildings are built more stringently which results in tighter structures, improved durability, and higher quality than site constructed buildings.

Can modular buildings have custom designs?

Yes! Custom designs, various configurations of space and custom features and materials can be selected. In addition, Silver Creek can emulate existing buildings for school campus expansions for example.

Are there size limitations?

The module size limitations vary to adhere to different state transportation guidelines. Typically module widths are between 10’0″ to 15’6″, lengths are up to 72′ exterior dimension, and interior ceiling heights are between 9’0″ to 10’6″.

How are modular building components shipped?

Modular buildings are shipped on low boy carriers towed by trucks. Depending on the size of the modules, these trucks are sometimes escorted by patrol vehicles.

How complete is the building once the modules arrive on site?

Modular building components are shipped to the site of the project 80% to 90% complete. The components are installed on the foundation for final assembly and finishing touches including utility connections.

If I am considering modular construction, how can I get a price?

Silver Creek Industries would be happy to provide additional information and pricing required for your project. Please contact us or complete our Request a Quote form to get started.

Is Silver Creek a general contractor?

Yes! Silver Creek Industries is a full turnkey general contractor.


Should you have other questions that have not been addressed in this FAQs, please do not hesitate to contact us.