Permanent modular construction (“PMC”) is an alternative construction method that means doing more in advance of the building site. Sometimes called “Off-Site” construction, we build “Volumetric” building blocks to near completion with flooring, walls, ceilings, lighting and systems. We manufacture all of it indoors under controlled conditions. After completion, we transport it to the site. Modular buildings can be single or multi-story, steel and/or concrete structures with nearly limitless customization options.
What are the Benefits of Modular Construction?
Modular construction offers several advantages over traditional construction methods, including:
Cost Predictability – It’s ideal to know how much you’re going to spend before you commit to a project. With standardized building processes and a controlled environment for construction, modular construction provides far better cost predictability, barring any sudden changes to the build.
Speed to Occupancy – For new owners looking to use their new space as soon as possible, modular construction is ideal. Buildings are constructed off-site, meaning that foundation work can begin on-site at the same time. This makes modular construction about 50% faster than traditional construction on average.
Environmental Impact – Traditional construction sites are one of the biggest offenders when it comes to waste. Modular uses a controlled building environment with tried and tested processes to not only keep waste to a minimum, but promote greener and sustainable construction.
Site Disruption – Modular construction requires fewer days on-site, fewer contractors on-site, and fewer deliveries (since up to 90% of the build is done off-site). All of this leads to minimal site disruption when compared to traditional construction methods.
Is Modular Right For Everyone?
In most cases, modular construction provides a viable alternative to traditional construction. Build quality has increased significantly over the years and advances in the industry mean that modular buildings are often just as aesthetically pleasing as their traditional counterparts. Modular has seen success in several industries, including:
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However, modular construction works best when build changes are kept to a minimum. The biggest benefit of modular is the speed to occupancy that it provides, and constant build changes can seriously hinder the progress of the project. For intricate projects requiring several changes mid-build, modular construction may not be the best choice.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has written about the efficiencies associated with modularization. Advancements in design technology, Building Information Modeling (BIM), further enables collaboration between designers, engineers, modular fabricators, and building installers. Moreover, Design-Build forms of project delivery, integrated approaches to construction, and owners’ willingness to depart from traditional Design Bid Build have helped pave the way for more successful modular projects around the World.
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Triumph has over 40 years of experience serving a variety of markets including:
In the How-To section of our website, we explain why teams who still utilize “Design –Bid – Build” (maximizing competition over collaboration) should not try modular. With modular, the people who design your new school or office space need to consider information from downstream subcontractors. For example, even the crane size and reach will have a bearing on early design decisions. With that said, please visit the How-To section of our site for information on how to get both free information and valuable advice.
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