Modular Construction

Modular ContructionPermanent Commercial Modular Construction - is an innovative, sustainable construction method utilizing high quality offsite,  efficient, lean manufacturing techniques to prefabricate single or multi-story building solutions in deliverable module sections. Commercial modular buildings manufactured in a safe, controlled setting can be Type V (wood frame, combustible) or Type II (steel, concrete, non combustible) and can have as many stories as building codes allow. Concrete flooring systems with steel frame or wood frame construction and specified exterior rain shield technology claddings are typical construction applications seen today. Any type of interior finishes, fixtures, window and door packages are available to meet the design specifications of the client.

The increased adoption of Building Information Modeling, or “BIM,” is fueling the reemergence of prefabrication and modularization as a critical new trend. Together, BIM and prefabrication/modular construction improve worksite productivity and overall project ROI. Commercial modular construction modules can be integrated into site built projects or stand alone as a turn-key solution and can be delivered with MEP, fixtures and interior finishes in less time, with less waste, and higher quality control compared to
projects utilizing only traditional site build construction. Much of the design and engineering is included in
the manufacturing process also reducing design time and costs.

modular construction schedule

Modular construction allows the modules to be fabricated in a controlled off-site factory, while site work is occurring at the same time. Depending on the level of customization required by the project design, most modules arrive at the site 60-90% complete, with wiring, plumbing, structural, and mechanical systems approved, installed and inspected. This reduces labor, financing and supervision costs, significantly shortens the overall construction period, and permits earlier building occupancy. Also unique to modular construction is the ability to construct different floors of a multi-story building at the same time in a factory. Many industries with buildings containing repetitively designed floors, such as  schools, hospitals, medical clinics, dormitories, office buildings, apartments  and correctional facilities, use modular construction to take advantage of the repetitive nature of this type of construction to achieve construction times that can be half of conventional, stick-built construction without sacrificing quality of construction or architectural design.

modular framesStages of Modular Construction          

  • Design approval by the end user and any regulating authorities
  • Assembly of module components in a controlled environment
  • Transportation of modules to a final destination
  • Erection of modular units to form a finished building

By combining traditional building techniques, quality manufacturing and third-party agencies who offer random inspections, testing, and certification services for quality control, permanent commercial 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 construction site, each module must be built to independently withstand travel and installation requirements. Thus the final module-to-module assembly of the independently durable components yields a final product more durable than conventional structures.

Commercial modular buildings are considered real property, built to the same building codes and requirements as site-built structures, and are depreciated in a similar manner. As such, the markets for permanent modular construction are similar to the markets for site-built construction, with few exceptions. In many cases, a project can be entirely completed by a modular contractor with these turnkey projects typically ranging in size from 5,000 to 25,000 square feet. In other cases, modular construction is integrated into the overall project with a traditional general contractor overseeing the site work, foundation, utilities, and various phases of the building itself. These “hybrid” projects allow modular construction techniques to be employed on much larger projects than the typical turnkey modular project. It is not uncommon for modular construction to be utilized on hybrid projects exceeding 100,000 square feet. The main obstacle for more widespread use of commercial modular construction is not project type or size, but instead a lack of understanding about the modular process by architects, owners and investors.

Modular manufacturers typically produce their buildings in single-location facilities, responding to contractor or dealer requests, operating as wholesale suppliers of modular units. The modular contractor is responsible for customer contact, and contracts to have buildings manufactured at off-site locations.  Modular contractors then coordinate the design, engineering, delivery, and installation of the modules at the site, and often  act as the general contractor, integrating the modules into the project by completing the site work and finish of the building. In many cases, modular contractors work with traditional general contractors to leverage the resources and advantages of each type of construction. Commercial Modular Construction Services, LLC has partnered with a select number of modular manufacturers best prepared to serve the commercial construction markets.  Our combined experience, expertise and resources enable us to ensure our clients' projects are successfully completed in the most efficient and cost effective way possible.