In 2013, the U.S Census reported that the total value of U.S. construction was $930 billion. Permanent modular construction accounted for roughly $3.0 billion or 1.3%. Members of the Modular Building Institute have identified several growing industries that are using modular buildings to expand their operations.
Commercial / Retail
In the commercial and retail industry, it’s important that expansion not get in the way of operating at maximum capacity or keeping profits flowing. Modular construction allows commercial and retail clients the opportunity to expand their sales offices, showrooms, franchises, or design centers in quick time and with minimal disruption. In an industry where first impressions are important, modular buildings can be designed to reflect a business’ culture and clientele, from no-frills and functional to elegantly appointed. Modular construction is not just applicable to business properties but also can be utilized in personal home lifestyles as well.
Modular construction offers many industrial operations with an alternative to conventional construction, particularly those that operate in remote locations. Consider the time and cost savings when modular products are delivered on-site up to 90% complete, as opposed to hauling all construction vehicles, supervisors, contractors, builders, electricians, and plumbers on location. Utilizing modular management offices, scale houses, training facilities, and workforce housing provide flexibility, while allowing your business to stay competitive.
Healthcare is a rapidly expanding business where reducing patient wait times and overcrowding may necessitate a quick expansion of services. Whether the need is a small office for a private practice or a large medical complex, modular buildings are a growing option in healthcare. They’ve been used to construct urgent care centers, emergency facilities, and MRI/imaging centers, and have been used by dental, mental health, surgical, physical therapy, and even veterinary practices. Additionally, modular construction offers the customization necessary for the unique needs of the healthcare industry.
Enrollment changes can pose a significant challenge for both public and private institutions, at all education levels. This can weigh heavily on the financial and operational resources of school systems. Expansion of conventional school buildings can be costly and time-consuming, while today’s modular educational spaces are created to be state-of-the-art, efficient, and attractive. From elementary schools and high schools through colleges and universities, educational systems are implementing modular classrooms, libraries, labs, tech centers, cafeterias, and dormitories to meet the needs of a growing student body.
Government entities often have to work within tight budgets and tighter building construction guidelines. Facility expansion using modular construction has substantially reduced costs and construction time for government agencies, cities, states, and municipalities. From libraries to correctional housing, wellness clinics to administrative offices, many expansion needs have been effectively handled using modular buildings.