The Growing Trend of Using Modular Buildings for Office Space
Long ago modular buildings gained popularity for use in emergency response and temporary work spaces, and more recently they have become the go-to method for quickly constructing urgent care centers, classrooms, and educational facilities. However, modular buildings have never been the top of mind solution when businesses planned new designs for their corporate headquarters, office space, retail stores or restaurants – until now!
In February 2015, Google unveiled plans for their new Silicon Valley campus, which will be designed and constructed using modular building techniques. From Google’s Vice President of Real Estate Development, “Instead of constructing immoveable concrete buildings, we’ll create lightweight block-like structures which can be moved around easily as we invest in new product areas.”
There’s a saying in business that products or services can be Good, Fast or Cheap – but you can only choose 2. Modular construction represents an exception to that rule. When using modular buildings for office space or a storefront, you get a customizable, quality product with a cost savings and an accelerated delivery timeline.
Faster Occupancy at a Cost Savings
It only makes sense that permanent modular construction would be top consideration for commercial and retail industries which are dependent on producing a constant stream of revenue. Modular building construction methods can accelerate time to occupancy up to 50% sooner than conventional construction.
Because modular construction is tightly controlled in an off-site plant environment, waste and construction costs are substantially reduced. Architects, engineers, and construction professionals report:
- Project schedules are decreased by 4 weeks or more
The success behind modular buildings is that typical construction timelines are overlapped and accelerated. Off-site construction can be done at the same time that on-site preparation is being completed.
- Project budgets are decreased by 6% or more
You’ll find fewer bumps in the road when working through a modular construction project. A controlled environment, automated processes and specialized labor give project estimators a confident picture of the project budget.
- Construction site waste is decreased by 5% or more
Efficiencies in material ordering, inventory control and less material loss to weather or on-site theft, reduces the amount of waste on each modular building project
Permanent modular options are available, whether you are expanding on your current office space or designing a brand new facility. Like conventionally-built buildings, permanent modular buildings are installed for long-term use, set on a fixed foundation, and constructed of steel, concrete and wood. Designs, floor plans and finishing touches can all be customized to suit the image of your company’s brand. This is especially important in the case of building a franchise location where design aesthetics must be consistent from location to location.
A successful business is always moving, growing, and changing rapidly. Modular commercial and retail buildings are a smart solution to your changing business needs. Commercial modular construction offers a solutions to expand your business quickly, and keep your staff operating with minimal disruptions and your profits flowing.