What You Need to Know When Getting Started with Off-Site Construction
If you’re a business owner or contractor just getting started with off-site construction, you’re not alone. Numbers from the Modular Building Institute (MBI), show that modular construction currently makes up just 3% of new commercial construction in North America. However, the industry is working hard to push that number to 5% of the market over the next few years.
Acceptance of the construction method is growing. Just a few years ago, 85% of industry players reported using modular processes on some of their projects, including 90% of engineers, 84% of contractors, and 76% of architects.
So, as someone getting started with off-site construction, here’s what you need to know about your first modular building project.
Your Timeline will be Shortened
The primary driver that leads many industry professionals to choose modular building is the improved project schedules. Through productivity improvements, modular construction can cut down on your building timeline by as much as 50%.
In off-site construction, time is gained when off-site fabrication of the individual modules happens simultaneously with onsite excavation, foundation installation, as well as the setup of any other site infrastructure. Logistics between site work and off-site fabrication are efficiently orchestrated so that the individual modules are delivered to your construction site up to 90% complete and are almost immediately set on the foundation and seamed together.
Here’s a snapshot of the process:
Permits Are Still Necessary
A major misconception among those who are new to off-site construction is that the modular components can show up on their property without permits or approvals. The truth is, this is one area where modular construction and traditional construction are much the same.
Your modular building project is considered construction and your project manager will need to obtain all the appropriate state or local permits. At the same time, modular buildings must also meet the appropriate commercial building codes and undergo the same building inspections as the buildings completed through traditional methods of construction.
Your Building Will Be Quality & Durable
Speaking of inspections, off-site construction takes place in highly controlled manufacturing facilities, with specialized skilled workers, and quality control inspections that take place throughout each project.
To ensure a structurally sound product, focused inspections are completed as the individual modules move down the assembly line. This unique quality control process allows for imperfections to be corrected without affecting the other areas of the project, saving time and keeping costs down.
When the project is completed at your site, the final assembly then undergoes the same final inspection as it’s conventionally built counterparts. In fact, modular components are designed and manufactured to a higher standard, as they must also withstand the rigors of on-road transportation, including high winds, vibrations, weight distribution, and bumps.
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