Modular Construction Benefits & Advantages
My name is Janet Field, and I would like to introduce myself as a fairly recent addition to the Triumph Permanent Modular Construction Team. My background in prefabricated construction solutions began many years ago in the residential sector, and gradually moved into commercial. Just prior to joining Triumph, I worked with one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of factory built bathrooms. I come to Triumph excited to be a part of the construction industry’s leap forward towards improved productivity, where I believe Permanent Modular Construction will play a key role.
Permanent Modular Construction, Off Site Construction, Factory Built, and Prefabricated are all terms that describe the method of construction whereby some portion of the project is built in a controlled offsite environment, typically simultaneously with construction site preparation.
Pros and Cons of Modular Construction
The advantages of using off-site methods of construction are numerous; they include speed of construction, enhanced quality, decreased material waste, simplified on site logistics, and less disruption to the surrounding environment. In addition to the above mentioned advantages, mitigated risk from theft and vandalism, and protection from weather damage should also be considered advantages of modular building process.
The “problem” if there is one, with off-site construction methods is lack of understanding. As professionals in the modular construction industry we are often met with objections without basis. Consider these facts; modular buildings are built using the same quality materials as traditionally constructed/site built buildings, can adhere to and often exceed architectural specifications, and have the capability to respond to a variety of architectural design requirements. Modules are designed to comply with project plans and specs, and therefore meet the building safety and occupancy codes. Using an offsite approach to construction does not imply compromise.
Modular methodologies use an engineered approach to construction combined with technical innovation and lean manufacturing methods in a process that exemplifies the philosophies of “best practices”. Ongoing education within the construction industry is crucial to continued growth and increased market share for permanent modular construction. Refer to McGraw Hill 2011 Construction’s Smart Market Report “Prefabrication and Modularization: Increasing Productivity in the Construction Industry” http://construction.com/market_research/FreeReport/PrefabSMR/ and see why the industry thought leaders also think PMC is a key component of the drive to improve construction industry productivity.
Janet Field - jfield ( @ ) triumphmodular.com
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