While interest grows in modular construction as a solution to some of the most stubborn inefficiencies permeating the construction industry, so has the number of companies promising a solution that deploys innovative modular processes. While this results in no shortage of options for developers, it can also make finding the best modular construction company more difficult, since not all possess the same level of skills and abilities.
The commercial real estate industry has experienced its fair share of pressures in the last decade. As the nature of the traditional office environment changes and competition grows as a result of economic conditions, companies in this industry are exploring new ways to maximize efficiency both during construction and long after.
When viewing a finished, large-scale modular building, it can be difficult to imagine all of its components. The fact is, though, that at one point in its past, that building was actually countless pieces moving through an assembly facility. So, while the quality and beauty of the finished structure attracts the most attention from developers, it’s important to understand what exactly goes into a modular building.
Well-informed developers know modular buildings take shape through a cutting-edge and efficient process that can shrink the timeline of many large-scale commercial construction projects. Despite such growing awareness in recent years, many remain curious about certain aspects of the finished building. One of these concerns is the practical life of a modular building.
Managing a hotel is perhaps more challenging now than any other time in recent memory. Growth within the travel industry, and other factors, are placing greater pressure on hotels to maintain a higher level of efficiency and keep up with guest expectations. Modular construction is an innovative solution that can be leveraged to mitigate both challenges.
The delivery stage of modular construction is one of the most fascinating aspects of the modular process, and perhaps best captures how this innovative technique is unlike any other within the industry today. Similar to the spirit of modularization, the vast majority of everyday products are made in a factory, typically far away from where they are sold and purchased. Thus, just as the modular methodology modernizes traditional construction by shifting the actual building process into a factory or warehouse, it also involves the transportation of the finished modules to their ultimate destinations.
Student housing, also known as dormitories or residence halls, entails unique responsibilities beyond those ascribed to the construction of other building types. College dormitories must also maintain the educational environment of the campus, which means causing as little disruption to the surrounding area as possible, and above all, being ready to receive students when classes start. This is why the use of Modular dormitories and modular construction methods for building new additions is a growing trend in the education construction sector.
Modular construction is not a single method of building a structure, but a broad category including a number of different techniques, each with distinct characteristics and applications. Among these is volumetric modular construction.
This June, global management consulting firm McKinsey and Company published “Modular Construction: From Projects to Products,” a comprehensive report analyzing modular construction’s potential impact on the flailing construction industry and other sectors. Here are our 10 key takeaways:
It’s become an axiom of the modern construction industry that projects will take longer and cost more than what was agreed on in the original contract. Developers often feel like it’s impossible to complete a project without experiencing an overage or delay because they’re at the mercy of a number of factors outside their control. This doesn’t have to be the case, however, especially when developers use innovative methods such as modularization to avoid, and in some cases, eliminate such issues.