Developing Modular’s Potential

It keeps getting better.

The pandemic and recent upheavals in the economy and supply chains have put unprecedented pressure on the construction market.

Luckily for developers, property owners and customers, modular construction’s advantages are uniquely suited to address these challenges.

Here’s how:

Centuries of Proven Benefits

Pre-built construction got its start during the great Gold Rush of the 1800s, and ever since 1897 when E. F. Hodgson opened his pioneering factory, modular homes—including the famous Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward “kit homes” shipped nationwide on the new rail network—have played a crucial role in our nation’s rapid expansion.

Developers Take Note

Advantages of modular construction that appeal to developers include:

  • Eco-friendly, “green” processes, materials, and site impact
  • Lower costs and greater control
  • Custom-tailored design and engineering
  • Superior durability
  • Shorter construction time in all seasons

Because fully-assembled structures or their components must withstand the rigors of transport, they have built-in strength that can significantly exceed that of site-built structures.

Final on-site assembly is accomplished extremely rapidly with minimal environmental impact, noise pollution, and traffic disruption.

Meanwhile, construction crews see marked improvements in working conditions, job security and safety, as they build major assemblies indoors in a highly-controlled environment. This directly translates into lower labor costs and decreased downtime and turnover.

Site Integration

Of all the available options, modular construction is fully capable of integrating with existing buildings while creating future-ready structures—and at a significant discount to site-built.

Code Clarity

Modular construction offers developers another distinct advantage: clear legal guidelines. In contrast to manufactured temporary or portable structures, permanent modular construction (PMC) is subject to the same building codes as on-site construction.

Fewer “gray areas” means less chance that a regulatory issue will arise at an inconvenient time during the project development process.

Customers Love It

As we noted in last month’s blog, the advantages to the modular construction client don’t end with the delivery of a finished project. Modular structures are fully customizable, easily reconfigured, and can even be relocated or sold and removed as needs change.

The speed of progress from needs assessment to occupancy makes modular ideal for such use cases as:

  • Schools and institutions
  • Administrative offices
  • Government buildings
  • Military facilities
  • Low-cost housing
  • Temporary or permanent medical facilities

These advantages enable customers in turn to create, manage, and optimize their building environments with an unprecedented level of speed, quality, and price control—exactly the kind of options that encourage “fence-sitters” to get back in the real estate development game.

Photo credit: U.S. Army photo/Mark Haviland

Bottom Line:

Whether you’re a commercial or residential developer, construction pro, or customer, we’d love to share with you everything we’ve learned about modular’s unique advantages.

How can we assist you? Contact us for your latest project with confidence.