Off-Site Manufacturing – Modular Structures
Individual modules are manufactured off or away from the project site in a factory environment. Modular factories are somewhat varied in their approach to manufacturing. However there are many similarities in the overall modular manufacturing approach. Most factories use an outside in approach where they fabricate the main “box” of the assembly before applying fixtures and finished on the inside. The boxes which are framed and finished to a level of completion as high as 90% in the factory, are then shipped to the project site. Once the boxes or modules arrive on site, they are assembled to create a whole building.
Permanent modular structures can often be completed in half the time it takes to build a conventional structure because fabrication is taking place off-site in the factory while simultaneously site work is being completed on-site.
See our section on How it’s Built for more information.