Modular Construction Benefits

Janet FieldEducation, Permanent Modular10 Comments


Janet FieldIntro

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.

 Modular Construction Advantages

Modular Construction benefits 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” and see why the industry thought leaders also think PMC is a key component of  the drive to improve construction industry productivity.

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10 Comments on “Modular Construction Benefits”

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  2. Floyd

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  3. Cooley Brothers

    I’ve never had a chance to work on Modular construction painting jobs, but am very curious to the process between a regular home and a brand new modular property from scratch.

    1. Janet Field

      Thank you for reading the blog! Painting on a modular construction job is very similar to painting on a traditional site built project. Oftentimes the interior will receive a primer coat on the walls and trim in the factory but when the modules are erected onsite they will still require the typical finish coats. Also, in regards to exterior painting, sometimes the exterior facade is applied at the factory but many times we see projects where the exterior facade (or siding) is installed on site and once again requires your painting services! Overall, the role of the painter on a modular project is similar to that of his or her role on a site built project.

    1. Janet Field

      Owin- Thank you for the comment. Perhaps I will consider a blog article that strictly discusses the disadvantages of modular construction. Thanks again!

  4. LNWeaver

    I can see how modular construction would decrease material waste. Every project generates some amount of waste due to mistakes and the destructive properties of building. Modular construction must diminish the amount of cutting and other destructive techniques.

  5. Ron Booker

    I liked how you said that modular buildings reduced on-site logistics and won’t bother the surrounding environment. My uncle wants to take his crew to an oil-fired and plans on renting hotel rooms for the workers. Maybe they could all benefit from modular rooms, that way he can save more money and the workers will be more comfortable.

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