Thursday, August 8, 2019

9 Reasons Why Commercial Modular Construction is Better

Commercial modular construction has become a hot commodity. It’s being used for affordable apartments, dormitories at Universities, hotels, housing for the homeless, hospitals, and senior living facilities around the world.


New commercial modular factories are starting to pop up all over the country. The West Coast saw some of the first new factories opening but it has been spreading to the Rockies and all points East. Many residential modular home factories are adding hotel and other commercial projects to their production in order to meet the demand for more commercial projects.

I was recently told that as soon as a modular wood framed project successfully pushes the bar upward and is built it doesn't take long before the next developer wants to see if their project can push the bar even a little bit higher.

And while modular used to suffer from a bit of an image problem, today 98 percent of contractors, 98 percent of architects, and 99 percent of engineers use prefabrication and modular as part of their buildings. Here are 9 reasons why has commercial modular construction become so popular with developers?

1. A shorter build time – With modular construction, the foundation and the building can be built at the same time. Factory-based prefabrication also speeds up the process, giving modular construction an average 20 to 30 percent time savings over traditional construction. That’s just the average

2. A quicker return on investment – A tighter turn-around means more money, sooner. Because modular construction takes less time, developers can rent out the units and generate income much quicker, and the carrying costs are lower.

3. Increased cost-savings – Modular construction can cut costs by 10-20 percent. A shorter build time saves money on overall construction. Labor costs are less, as modular construction uses more factory workers and less individual tradesmen like plumbers and electricians

4. No weather-related construction issues – Construction crews work inside, enabling them to work year-round, no matter the weather. Building materials stay cleaner indoors, where they’re also protected from the elements.

5. A solution for difficult sites – Imagine building a hospital in Fairbanks—in the winter. A build using typical construction methods could span several seasons. Modular’s indoor construction and quick onsite erection make it a great choice for projects in harsh climates and hard-to-get-to sites.

6. Limited site disruption – The same factors that make modular work well for difficult environments can also be assets when constructing projects on sites where it’s important to keep business or activity flowing.

7. Less pollution – Since most materials are delivered to the factory, modular construction means fewer trucks at the project site. Fewer vehicles mean less air and noise pollution.

8. Less waste – Off-site modular manufacturing can reduce waste and make it simpler to use lean manufacturing methods and environmental principles during construction. Not only that, but modular construction materials—all of them, from packaging to steel—are easier to recycle, since they haven’t been exposed to the elements.

9. Easier quality control – The modular method of “in-house” design and production helps designers, engineers and builders spot problems early on.

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