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Modular Construction in Education: The New Way Of the Future

2013 February 25
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With enrollment and overcrowding on the rise, many educational systems are in need of more building space for their growing population of students. But constructing a new building can be daunting- time, expenses, unexpected delays are all factors that can make a finished project seem like a long road ahead. For these reasons more institutions are seeking out modular construction for their projects. Modular construction is an alternative method that helps keep much of the headache of construction at bay.

Our very own, Glenn Cort, E.V.P. here at Triumph Modular recently had an opportunity to speak with Ann McClure of University Business. Ann was writing the article Modular Building and the Bottom Line. The article addresses the idea of debunking the myths and considering  modular construction methods when planning campus capital improvements.

The following is an excerpt from the article:

While a new dorm or learning space might be needed or desirable on campus, facing down the associated headaches of time, mess, and expense can overshadow the benefits the finished project might bring. Modular construction is an alternative delivery method that can tame some of those issues. Unfortunately, the word modular sends people back to the drafty trailers they remember from elementary school.

“Modular can be concrete and steel,” says Jim Snyder, director of operations for Warrior Group Construction. “It doesn’t have to look like an 8th-grade science class.”
Modular Crane setting a module for a dormitory
“They aren’t the trailer park or doublewides that come to mind when you think of modular,” agrees David Rabold, capital projects manager at Muhlenberg College (Pa.), where multiple dorms have been constructed using the off-site construction method.

“The myths of modular construction are from years ago when it was all wooden boxes,” says Dan Harrigan, principal at Spillman Farmer Architects. “They would warp and not line up.” His firm has worked on several projects at Muhlenberg and other colleges. When compared to traditional building methods, modular construction—also known as off-site construction, prefabricated construction, and pre-manufacturing—can save time, reduce disruption to campus, and even save money. As construction projects return to campus with the economic recovery, this method deserves a second look.

To read the full article visit: http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/modular-building-and-bottom-line

Because modular construction can be completed quickly and efficiently with minimal site distribution, it is well suited for the construction of school buildings. Many school officials are recognizing the benefits of using modular for their projects. Do you agree, could modular in education be the new way of the future?

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Janet Field

Communications Director at Triumph Modular
Janet Field, LEED Green Associate, has 20 years of leadership roles in companies focused on design, construction and modular building solutions. As an advocate for innovative products, she has had the opportunity to work with top 10 ENR construction firms. Introducing paradigm changing technology using technical sales consulting techniques and progressive marketing tools continues to be a rewarding and challenging career experience.
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