Modular Construction Continues To Expand

November 8, 2017 Posted by kyu7

The verdict is in; people love modular construction, and it is slated for continued growth in the upcoming years. Modular building provides unique solutions and solves problems. A recent survey about modular construction found the following:

61% of all respondents think the use of prefabrication will grow more than 5% a year over the next three years. Currently, 81% of the mechanical and electrical contractors surveyed for this report own their own prefabrication facilities. Of those who don’t, 33% are considering starting up their own facilities.

This survey continued to also examine the benefits, as well as some of the barriers, to modular building. As with many seemingly new things, there is a bell curve- style shape of adopters of modular building. Although modular construction has been around for years, it wasn’t seen as a viable alternative to most types of construction until recently.

We are beginning to see a shift in the way people view modular construction, and it is being used for a wide variety of projects that include everything from modular office buildings to modular wall partitions. Modular construction has a considerable amount of range and stands out from traditional methods of building.

What were the motivating factors that led businesses to use modular? Price was a great motivator, but it goes beyond the actual cost of just the materials. In large construction or renovation projects, there are many hidden costs that are now being brought to light.

If staff needs to be moved, production halted, or even the distraction of having an army of contractors and subcontractors coming and going, can all attribute to those hidden costs. The disruption that comes with conventional methods of construction adds up to a loss of production, lack of productivity, and discomfort of employees.

Modular construction not only saves time and money; it also eliminates the hidden costs and isn’t intrusive. The way modular fabrication works is that the main components are fabricated in a factory. This yields high quality products that can easily be checked for quality control. The modular fabrication process is eco-friendly by using resources wisely and recycles excess steel, paper and aluminum.

After the factory fabricates the components, they are shipped to the build site. Instead of having numerous contractors and subcontractors for framing, electrical work, patching, painting and other duties, a small modular installation team can complete all of those tasks and more.

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