When to Use Modular Construction: Three Things You Need to Know

The construction industry comes under tremendous pressure to provide better value through improved quality and performance. The commercial modular construction segment has made significant advances in the implementation of the latest processes, materials and technology to build and deliver complex buildings.

Among the impressive benefits of commercial modular construction is the reduced construction schedule, which makes it possible to complete projects 30 percent to 50 percent faster than standard methods. Modular construction is not only faster but it is also greener and smarter, which puts this segment of the construction industry on an “incredible growth” trajectory in the coming years, according to the Communications Manager at Modular Building Institute (MBI), S. Elizabeth Burnette.

So should you use modular or conventional construction for your next commercial project? Here are three things to consider in your decision-making process.

1. Use modular when you need flexibility

In an economic climate of continuous change, organizations need to ensure that all aspects of their business operations are flexible so that they can adapt at a moment’s notice to take advantage of opportunities and remain competitive.  Relocatable real estate assets make your organization even more agile. Commercial modular construction gives your organization the ability to disassemble, relocate or refurbish the modules to meet unique requirements. You can contract and expand space quickly by adding or removing one or more modules. Modular construction also minimizes disruptions to your operations, surrounding buildings and the environment.

2. Use modular when you need to maximize your allocated capital construction budget

Commercial modular construction offers significant productivity and cost gains on your project. For example, modular construction bids typically include all of the mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and structural sealed plans as part of the package, which provides excellent savings to clients on their architectural costs. In addition, modular construction manufacturers have established relationships with vendors and suppliers and the ability to purchase materials in larger quantities and at competitive prices. Many manufacturers gladly pass these savings on to their clients. Off-site construction reduces labor and supervision costs because skilled workers build modular buildings at a fixed price. You also avoid conflicts with scheduling trades and other delay issues.

3.  Use modular when you value better construction quality

Modules constructed off site must meet the same building codes and regulatory requirements, such as IRC or IBC, as other types of construction. However, commercial modular construction techniques make the modules much stronger than conventional construction. Each module undergoes a strict engineering process to ensure that the section can withstand transportation to the site and craning onto the foundations. Storage of the materials in a climate-controlled environment also keeps them safe from deterioration or damage from moisture , extreme temperatures and other elements, which assures that the craftsmen use high quality materials at all times.

Skilled workers build the modules on tables, which guarantee consistency and precision in the workmanship. Builders assemble the modules on site with strict adherence to local, state and national building code requirements.

Why choose modular construction?

Modular construction appeals to a variety of different industries and applications, including retail, hospitality, educational facilities, publicly funded facilities, hospitals, medical clinics, office buildings, daycare centers, schools and banks. Some benefits of modular construction are difficult to match using conventional construction, including durability, quality, cost, safety, construction schedule and environmental impact. With modular construction, you minimize your risks and you get a building of equal or superior quality, which meets your needs and in much less time than a comparable site-built structure.

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