While most commonly known to be part of a disaster recovery initiative after the damage is done, modern modular and off-site construction can often be more resilient when it comes to withstanding the wrath of mother nature, something very much top of mind to those in the common path of the increased number of hurricanes hitting the Americas each year.
The FEMA organization conducted a specialized report on modular construction after Hurricane Andrew hit Florida hard back in 1992. In the report, FEMA’s Mitigation Assessment Team concluded that “the module-to-module combination of the units appears to have provided an inherently rigid system that performed much better than conventional residential framing.”
This report helps validate that quality, prefabricated modular construction is not only a rapid, more versatile solution, but it can also be a long-lasting, durable alternative to traditional construction.
A further testament to modular being a suitable choice for even the most demanding elements and structural integrity requirements is the fact that the U.S. Military uses custom modular construction for both temporary and permanent building solutions.
Nadler Modular Structures has a long-standing history providing building solutions to numerous branches of the U.S. Military, including projects for the U.S. Army, U.S. Naval Submarine Bases, and the U.S. Veterans Association. Nadler is also a certified GSA Schedule Contract Holder, providing a broad variety of versatile structures that have included military barracks, mobile office spaces, disaster recovery headquarters, storage, prison facilities, and hospitals.
Nadler specialists assess the unique material and security requirements for government and other specialty contracts, applying best practice fabrication processes. For example, in tropical environments, specific materials and fabrication protocols are followed to minimize the impact of humidity, high winds, and even termite damage.
Overall, numerous studies have proven that the quality controlled environment in which modular buildings are constructed, as well as the precision required to build and assemble structures off-site, will produce a higher level of quality and workmanship with less material exposure to inclement weather.
With the most recent Hurricane Florence impacting most of the East Coast, it’s a reminder of the significant damage that these storms can bring and how much more often they seem to be hitting. In response to this increased trend of declared states of emergencies, government agencies like the U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC) are calling for more resilient site and structure features such as adaptive design for extreme weather events and their resulting hazards, communications, and first-aid resources. The Trump administration even went so far last year as to declare November 2017 “Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month.”
While the debate of modular vs. conventional construction methods certainly continues, more industry professionals will agree that today’s modern prefabrication technology and processes have taken modular construction forward to match the life cycle expectancy of conventional buildings. And when it comes to resiliency against extreme weather like Hurricanes, modular can be looked at as both a short-term and long-term solution.
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