What Is Modular Construction?
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What exactly is modular construction? It is a process that constructs a building off-site under controlled plant conditions. It uses the same materials, is designed to the same codes and standards as conventionally built facilities, but does so in about half the time. Buildings are produced in “modules” that, when put together on site, reflect the identical design intent and specifications of the most sophisticated traditionally built facility.
Structurally, modular buildings are generally stronger than conventional construction because each module is engineered to independently withstand the rigors of transportation and craning onto foundations. Once together and sealed, the buildings modules become one integral wall, floor, and roof assembly.
Building off-site ensures better construction quality management. Materials that are delivered to the plant location are safely and securely stored in the manufacturer’s warehouse to prevent damage or deterioration from weather conditions. Manufacturing plants have stringent QA/QC programs with independent inspection and testing protocols that promote superior quality of construction every step of the way.
Beyond quality management and improved completion time, modular construction offers numerous other benefits to owners. Modular methods remove about 80% of the building construction activity from the site location. They significantly reduce site disruption, vehicular traffic, and improve overall safety and security. For schools or active businesses, reducing on-site activity and eliminating most ongoing construction hazards is a tremendous advantage.
For architects and owners alike, modular construction companies today can work with sophisticated levels of design and construction that will exceed expectations. It is beneficial that when exploring various project delivery methods, off-site construction methods are chosen early in the design development process to avoid redesigning. However, most modular companies can take a stick-built design and create a modular version when needed so it’s never too late to explore the possibilities!
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