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Modular Benefits

There are many advantages and benefits to using modular technology on commercial construction projects.  The controlled manufacturing environment, the ability for simultaneous construction operations and the shorter construction cycle are a few, but the main drivers for prefabrication and modular use are to improve productivity, attain a competitive advantage, and generate a greater ROI. Additionally, the ability to integrate sustainable design using green construction elements and Energy Star compliant building design easily and cost effectively into modular projects is an added benefit for many users.

These are the major areas where modular construction methods have been shown to be inherently advantageous on commercial construction projects:

modular framesStreamlined, Simultaneous Construction Activities - Unique to modular construction, while modules are being assembled in a controlled off-site setting, site work is occurring at the same time. Also, unique to modular is the ability to simultaneously construct a building's floors, walls, ceilings, rafters, and roofs. During site-built construction, walls cannot be set until floors are in position, additional floors, ceilings and rafters cannot be added until walls are erected. This modular process often allows construction times of half that of conventional, stick-built construction and permits earlier building occupancy, reducing both financing and supervision costs.

Reduced Labor Costs - Modular buildings are constructed off-site by skilled, trained workers at a fixed price.  This reduces expensive onsite labor and supervision costs and eliminates other costs associated with conflicting trades scheduling delays.

Less Materials Waste – Pre-fabrication makes it possible to optimize construction material purchases and usage while minimizing on-site waste. Bulk materials are delivered to the manufacturing facility where they are stored in a protected environment safe from theft and exposure to the environmental conditions of a job site. The factory reuses or recycles scrap material at a higher level than on site, reducing the amount of waste in landfills.

Less Weather Related Schedule Delays - The work being completed in the factory is not delayed by weather issues that commonly delay on site construction activities, thus reducing the delays in the overall construction schedule.  Once on site, the structure is weather tight very quickly also reducing delays to the finish trades.

Less Material Exposure to Inclement Weather – Many of the indoor air quality issues identified in new
construction result from high moisture levels in the framing materials. Because the modular structure is
substantially completed in a factory-controlled setting using dry materials, the potential for high levels of moisture being trapped in the new construction and the resulting moisture related problems are eliminated.

Less Site Disturbance – The modular structure is constructed off–site simultaneous to foundation and
other site work, thereby reducing the time and impact on the site and surrounding neighborhood environment, by reducing the number of vehicles, workers  and equipment needed at the site.

Safer Construction – Modular construction is a safer alternative. Conventional construction workers
regularly work in less than ideal conditions dealing with temperature extremes, rain, wind, or any
combination of natural conditions. This is a much more challenging environment to work safely in. Additionally, the potential for injury including falls, the most common work site risk, is much higher. In a factory controlled setting, each worker is typically assigned to a work station supplied with all the appropriate equipment needed to provide the safest work environment possible. Off-site modular construction also eliminates the hazards associated with materials, equipment and an incomplete construction processes typical of construction sites that can attract curious and unwelcome “visitors” (i.e. students on a school expansion project). m

Flexibility – When the needs change, modular buildings can be disassembled and the modules
relocated or refurbished for new use, reducing the demand for raw materials and minimizing the amount of energy expended to create a building to meet the new need. In essence, the entire
building can be recycled in some cases.
Adaptability – Modular buildings are frequently designed to quickly add or remove one or more
“modules,” minimizing disruptions to adjacent buildings and surroundings.

Quality – With modular construction you can get a structure built to the same local codes with construction quality as good as or better than a comparable site built building in much less time. By combining traditional building techniques, quality manufacturing and third-party agencies who offer random inspections, testing, and certification services for quality control; modular buildings are built in strict accordance with appropriate local, state, and national regulations and codes. Due to the need to transport modules to the final site, each module must be built to independently withstand travel and installation requirements. Thus the final module-to-module assembly of independently durable components yields a final product more durable and structurally sound than conventional structures.

These practical time and money saving advantages of modular buildings effectively meet the specialized needs of many diverse industries and businesses. Modular construction offers compelling advantages in terms of quality, cost, durability, and environmental impact.  Contact Commercial Modular Construction Services, LLC to take advantage of these benefits on your next project.

 

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