Why is Modular Today’s Building Answer?

ModspaceFor this Wednesday edition of Guest Post Friday, we welcome Jeff Dusing of the Modular Space Corporation (ModSpace). Jeff is the Creative Communications Manager at ModSpace, a modular construction company that provides temporary and permanent solutions for commercial building projects. ModSpace has 80 branch locations across the U.S. and Canada, and offer solutions to suit your building needs such as office trailers, portable classrooms, mobile storage containers, and even modular office complexes.

Why all the hype about modular building?

The simple answer is not all that simple. Essentially, as budgets get tighter and expectations rise, modular becomes increasingly attractive. In other words, today’s competitive marketplace and fast-paced speed of business is putting additional emphasis on delivering projects faster, at reduced cost, without compromising quality. And did we mention the need to be sustainable too?

Modular building inherently has many advantages over traditional construction. Speed, cost savings and quality are just a few. For example: The simultaneous in-factory/onsite production process inherent in modular construction accelerates final delivery timelines by up to 50 percent over traditional construction. This shortened timeframe often results in significant cost savings in such things as labor and equipment rentals, not to mention unforeseen weather delays common in onsite construction. The quality of modular is consistently superior through the use of the same building materials in a controlled factory environment and precision cutting based on a practiced repeatable process.

So how does this affect the end user’s bottom line? As modular building is faster than traditional construction, the countdown to revenue generation is dramatically shortened, allowing them to be more profitable in less time. In other words, a traditional construction project that would normally take 12 months can be completed in just six using modular construction. This means operators have an additional six months to generate revenue if they choose modular.

Commercial property owners, in particular healthcare facilities, are turning to modular solutions for exactly these benefits. Healthcare and education, in particular, have also recognized that offsite manufacturing translates to minimal onsite disturbance, so patients, students and day-to-day business operations remain relatively unaffected. Once installed, new modular buildings are virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding traditionally built structures.

Modular also requires minimal site disruption so it leaves no long-term footprints. With the option to build with wood, steel and concrete or 100 percent concrete, modular is a viable, even preferred building technique for almost any industry.

Modular buildings can be used for schools, banks, restaurants, hospitals, medical clinics, daycare centers, and correctional facilities, among numerous other structures. Permanent modular buildings are constructed to remain in one location, but can be easily relocated, reconfigured or refurbished onsite, or in another location for a completely different use. This flexibility of use makes modular a more sustainable option simply by extending building life and eliminating the need to tear down and rebuild aging or outdated buildings.

Needless to say, modular building is the new building solution for today’s demanding businesses.

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3 Responses to Why is Modular Today’s Building Answer?
  1. Peter@Future Steel Buildings
    October 26, 2011 | 10:05 AM

    Modular is definitely increasingly popular. With delivery costs dropping it’s often much less expensive to build offsite.

    I like the point you make about how environmentally it’s less disruptive since the site doesn’t get trampled from construction.

    Great article!
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  2. Christopher G. Hill
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    October 26, 2011 | 10:42 AM

    Thanks for checking in Peter.
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  3. Dean Ashby
    January 18, 2013 | 2:57 AM

    Modular building seems to be very popular nowadays. It can be for temporary structures, too. Take for example an instance where our school required a temporary space to hold classes. We have sourced so many venues, even outside of the school to rent and hold our classes, but to no avail. We even considered renting an office building, that to our dismay look like storage unit facilities. However, we stumbled across this modular building and it was even suggested that we could build it on our limited backyard space. We even have the option to make it a mobile structure. Our Dean was so pleased with the outcome. We are glad that our operations team was quick enough to suggest this.

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