Local residents got their first glimpses of modular construction of multistory buildings recently as cranes swung whole rooms into place like Lego blocks at Sacramento’s Eviva Midtown apartment building and at the new Fairfield Inn in Folsom.
The message from general contractors, developers and designers is: Expect to see more.
Once used as a stopgap measure to surmount shortages of qualified labor in the construction trades, modular construction increasingly is winning proponents because it reduces construction risks and the time spent on the job site. That doesn’t mean all the kinks are worked out, however. This hybrid method of construction is so new and so different from on-site building that early adopters are experiencing headaches with architectural deadlines, construction responsibilities, planning and cost estimates.
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