A Perspective On Whether Modular Construction Is Less Risky Than Traditional Construction

Modular construction includes the avante garde (above) all the way down to the most typical commercial buildings

You probably all know about my fascination with modular construction by now. Today, I have asked for a comment from the good people 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 offers solutions such as mobile storage units, used office trailers, and even green modular buildings. They have contributed to the blog before, with great success.


We understand that the rising trend of modular construction can be a great choice for both temporary and permanent building solutions, as well as an environmentally-responsible choice. But what’s the difference? Why not simply build on-site like we always have? Well, the answer is simpler than you’d think.


Consider for a moment the timeline of constructing a traditional commercial building. It is common knowledge that financing begins on the day you break ground, and the time between breaking ground on-site and finishing the foundation can be anywhere upwards of six months to a year, or longer. Meanwhile, architects, contractors, and builders patiently wait to begin nailing the first 2×4. Six months or so goes by, you finally have your foundation finished and you’re then ready to start building. You are half way through the construction process with a dumpster piled high with scrap materials and packaging and construction vehicles pumping out exhaust around the site when Mother Nature decides to dump 28 straight days of rain on your project. This weather not only further delays construction (and revenue of the new business), but the inclement weather can weaken the parts of the building that have already been constructed, all resulting in structural integrity problems down the line. Eventually the rain clears up, builders finish their work and your building finally opens for business… 13 months after breaking ground.


Now consider the way modular construction works. Using the same high quality construction materials, the units that make up your building are assembled in a protected factory setting while construction professionals on-site break ground and lay the foundation. Now, assuming grading and creating the foundation takes just as long (about 6 months), your project is already well underway offsite. With the benefit of efficiency by way of repeatable design and consistent production, the creation of your modular units wastes far less time than traditional construction, and produces far less material waste. Built to ensure strength and durability during the transportation and assembly process, these units are loaded onto flatbed trucks and delivered to the job site.  The day the foundation is finished, the units of your building are on-site and ready for assembly. Realistically, within just a few days, a large commercial building can be seamlessly assembled, complete with full wiring and plumbing! Both interior and exterior design finishes are added, landscaping is applied, and your new building is ready to open business (and for earning revenue) all within a few short months, and looking nothing like a rectangle. Meanwhile, the traditional construction project would be just getting underway, waiting for the storm of the century to pass.


You can see that modular construction is the smarter choice. Whether considering modular to build a commercial building or residence, the overall process for modular construction saves time, money, and is an extremely, low-impact way to build while protecting the environment.



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