The digital world is moving faster. There is a critical need for collaboration across a vast ecosystem of suppliers and customers. Companies and consumers alike demand more bite-sized, componentized services that can be delivered quickly and then personalized with speed, efficiency, and cost effectiveness.
What does this have to do with modular buildings? Everything.
The key business drivers that have resulted in the explosive popularity of modular construction over the last decade are the very same driving the digital transformation of how companies do business today – only one could argue that modular is a bit ahead of the curve.
Speed, consuming componentized or modularized products and services, and incredible cost and resource efficiency is what modular structures are all about.
Below are FOUR fun facts you should know about Modular Construction:
1. Blending Prefabricated Construction & Foundation Preparation
At the heart of modular construction is the simple approach of being able to pre-fabricate the individual units in a controlled factory environment while simultaneously preparing the foundation at the actual construction site. And then as the individual modules become readied, they can be transported to the actual site of the building and quickly assembled on top of the ready to go foundation. Complete efficiency, and multi-tasking.
2. Like Playing with Legos: Dismantle and Reassemble
While a modular building is still that – a big heavy structure built to provide housing or a provide a physical work environment – the level of flexibility inherent in modular construction methodologies is quite impressive. Budgets and timeframes can be adjusted to fit the specific needs of the client, and building specs and locations can be chosen and re-chosen. Although perhaps the biggest demonstration of how flexible modular can be, is the fact that modular construction can be easily dismantled and then re-assembled to another location. Very much like playing with lego blocks – modular construction offers the ability to repurpose the modular units.
For a great example of a Nadler Modular client repurposing an existing building, check out this story: A New York K-12 School Accommodates Surge in Student Population.
Modular buildings can also be permanent structures or temporary modular buildings. Temporary can be ideal when quick construction is needed such as responding to a natural disaster or when short-term housing is needed, like mobile offices or classrooms. Permanent construction is typically best suited when the space will not be required to be physically relocated. Examples include hospitals, schools, military housing, government facilities, etc.
3. Quality with Savings
The quality of modular construction can be easily controlled and monitored at the
fabrication facility. This includes both the construction process, as well as the actual materials used. Since the entire fabrication is conducted off-site in a protected environment, delays due to weather, or possible inconsistencies in how the modules are constructed is kept to an absolute minimum. Furthermore, once the modules are delivered to the site, there are numerous state-imposed regulations and building codes that ensure the quality of the finished product.
Developers have been applying modular construction to deliver some of the largest commercial and residential projects around the globe, demonstrating the scalability and confidence in modular structures.
Among some of the biggest projects include the Mini Sky City in the Hunan provincial capital of Changsha, China where they assembled three floors a day using a modular method. The building reaches 57 stories high and was built in just 19 days.
Closer to home in Brooklyn, New York is another great large modular building called the 461 Dean Street project. This was a $4.9B project that redeveloped 22 acres in Brooklyn to deliver affordable and market-rate housing across 6,340 units and 32 stories high.
Together these examples further reinforce that modular construction can deliver the highest in quality and durability – even for the largest construction projects in the world.
4. Go Green And Recycle
Among the most exciting facts about modular construction is how friendly this
building process is to our planet Earth. The increased efficiency and repeatability of the
fabrication process make better use of raw materials and energy resources that reduce
the carbon footprint. In addition, in many cases the materials used in the process
are recycled metal, glass, and wood.
Once the modular building is built and delivered, its useful life can be extended by
repurposing and reusing the structure over and over again. The structure can
be ‘recycled’ with new owners, and transported to any part of the city since the buildings
are essentially portable. Alternatively, existing owners can reconfigure an existing structure for a completely new purpose or functional use.
If you have a current project planned or underway and would like to learn more about how modern, modular buildings can help address your budget and space requirements, please contact Nadler Modular at email@example.com.