While the modular building process is gaining acceptance among industry professionals, there are still business owners who question if modular building is the best choice for constructing a new building or expanding an existing space. The many benefits of modular construction can be put into practice for any construction project. However, there are certain instances where prefabricated, off-site building is even more advantageous. Look at the scenarios below and see if modular building is the best choice for your business.
If Your Construction Timeline is Short
Modular construction is a popular alternative to traditional construction in the education field. Schools can often start on-site work when a school year ends and have a modular building delivered and assembled by the end of the summer. Keeping to a tight deadline is important so there is no disruption in the students’ first day back to class. But, it’s not just schools who can take advantage of the shorter modular construction timelines.
One of the main benefits of modular construction is that the two phases of building are happening at the same time. As site prep and foundation are completed at the building site, the construction of the individual modules is happening concurrently in an off-site factory. With a traditional construction timeline, all on-site work needs to be completed before any building can take place. Your project is completed up to 50% faster when you choose modular vs. traditional construction.
If You Need Immediate Space
Whether it’s due to a natural disaster (hurricane or tornado) or other emergency situation (fire or burst water pipes), there are instances when you need office, medical, or classroom space right away. For times like these, even the accelerated modular construction timeline is not fast enough.
Choosing a used modular building lets you bypass the time needed for design and production, so a building can be delivered and assembled on site when you need it. You can quickly search through used building inventories to find options that meet your requirements for size, usage, and features. After signing a contract and making any necessary design modifications, a building can be delivered and assembled within three to eight weeks, depending on demand.
Additionally, used modular buildings are instrumental to emergency and disaster relief efforts. Used buildings can serve as organizational headquarters, shelters, community shower stations, recharging stations, and cafeterias.
If Your Needs Are Temporary
Balancing the influx and decrease in building occupancy can be difficult if your business or organization is seasonal. Do you need temporary offices or classrooms while your building or school is undergoing updates and renovation? Do you have a short-term need for space for incoming new employees until permanent workspace is available? A temporary modular building can easily be delivered to your location when extra space is needed and then removed when you no longer have the need.
In the modular construction industry, temporary doesn’t mean the design or structure of the building is only suitable for short-term use. Instead, “temporary” speaks to the building foundation and the possibilities for relocation. Temporary modular buildings can be utilized for as short as a few weeks to as long as a few years.
If Flexibility is Key
Another modular building benefit is the flexibility and opportunity for easy expansion. Modular buildings are constructed as a series of modules that are delivered and assembled on the final build site. This process makes it easier to expand your building as your space needs to change over time. If your business or organization is starting out small, modular construction will allow you to add more space as you grow.
Modular buildings can be as compact as a couple hundred feet or as large as 20,000 square feet. They can be single-story or multi-story to suit your operation’s needs. Whether your expansion needs include additional office space, training or conference rooms, lab space, break rooms, locker rooms, or additional restrooms, new modules can be added to your existing building with minimal disruption.
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