Modular construction is a booming business. Whether you are looking to save time on a building project, save materials, or create a building to exacting standards, modular is the way to go. That’s why we were thrilled when the American Institute of Architects released their Modular and Off-Site Construction Guide. The AIA resource is free and available to download, and goes over the different benefits and aspects of modular construction. To say the least, it is a great overview of the major steps of the modular method from concept to post-assembly.
What are the major benefits of modular construction?
Quality: If you make a building in a controlled factory setting, using automated processes, you minimize the risk of human error. Particularly, the modular process lends itself to industries like healthcare. A hospital may need multiple operating theatres, built to exact specifications. Modular ensures all of these operating theatres come out exactly the same.
Productivity: How can we increase productivity in workers? To start, put them in a controlled, indoor environment, away from adverse environmental conditions. In a modular factory setting, workers can keep regular hours and have constant access to all the tools they need.
Safety: According to the US Labor Department, manufacturing has a substantially lower rate of fatal injuries than on-site construction.
Schedule: The beauty of modular construction is that you can build your project offsite at the same time as site work happens onsite. Modular can save you up to 30-50% time compared to traditional construction.
Cost and Value: Time is money, so when you go modular and save time, you save money.
Sustainability: Because modular construction happens in a controlled environment, we can standardize the building process and save materials. As a result, prefabricated buildings are more airtight, and thus more energy efficient.
In addition to these six features of modular construction, we are delighted to show you our feature within this guide. The AIA kindly included Triumph Modular’s Harvard University Pagliuca Life Lab.
Harvard University needed this laboratory to serve specialized research. They chose modular construction primarily to address cost and time issues. Thus, this project took only seven months – five months fewer than with traditional construction. Furthermore, the building’s modularity means they can expand or reduce its size in the future.