How Modular Building Is Overcoming Construction Challenges
New building construction is a time intensive and costly undertaking. Despite the best planning, unexpected issues can arise, adding more time and money to a project. It’s well-known that the modular building process is useful in overcoming the construction challenges of tight timelines and short-term building needs. But, there are other construction issues that can be addressed by utilizing modular construction. If you’re building in a remote location, managing construction in multiple locations at once, or building in an area where extreme weather often causes delays, modular building methods can be a successful solution.
Construction in Remote Locations
New construction in urban and suburban locations can be completed fairly easily. You have a variety of local builders to work with and contractors can easily access your building site. But, what happens when you’re building in a remote area? You may find that there are fewer resources at your disposal. Labor and equipment may need to travel extremely far to reach your site, which adds to your timeline and your budget.
Modular building offers a solution for remote locations because up to 95% of the construction can be completed off-site. The individual building modules are constructed, internal and external finishes are applied, utility hook-ups are installed, and inspections are completed all in a single centralized location. Site prep and final installation are the only activities that need to take place on-site, requiring fewer people and less traffic.
A Single Provider for Multiple Locations
When business, schools, or other organization undergo expansion in multiple locations, they often face the challenge of running several projects simultaneously. They must keep track of numerous timelines and budgets, maintain consistent product quality, and physically oversee progression. The challenge is made greater when they have to manage multiple construction partners.
Modular building allows all of the modules to be constructed in a centralized facility and then delivered to multiple locations for final installation. Constructing buildings for several locations with one modular building partner is more cost-effective as there is greater efficiency when purchasing building materials for all projects at once. It also allows for more worker efficiency as multiple copies of the same modules can be built at the same time.
Overcoming Weather Delays
Another construction challenge that modular construction helps to overcome is the delays that arise from extreme weather. Traditional builders typically address anticipated weather delays in their contracts and timelines, but the weather seldom behaves as it’s expected to. Rain, lightning, freezing temperatures, and high winds can unexpectedly shut down work — often times for days. This can quickly put a strain on your building timeline.
Again, the modular building solution is the ability to complete all construction in a climate-controlled indoor facility. While weather can still affect on-site preparations and final assembly, delays to your work schedule will be at a minimum. Off-site production also protects building materials from the elements which eliminates wasted materials and wasted dollars.