The construction industry has more fully embraced innovations and technologies that are leading towards more of an “industrialized construction process.”
Where is the modular industry headed and will this interest lead to greater adoption of modular construction?
If history is any indication, we will see a significant shift towards modular and off-site construction techniques over the next five years as greater numbers of the skilled labor force retire. The construction industry will (and must) evolve into a more industrialized industry.
Why hasn’t Modular construction caught on before now? Why the sudden interest?
Until recently, developers and contractors seemed content with the status quo, regardless of the inherent and understood inefficiencies. Planning and preparing for those inefficiencies seemed easier than learning a different way of building for many.Today, developers and owners are facing the “perfect storm” in the construction sector, including: A widely…
Isn’t Modular a new, untested method for construction?
Far from it! A report from 1670 indicates a prefabricated building was shipped by boat from England to the United States. In the 1800s, demand for modular housing increased as the cial projects with the founding of industry giants Williams (now WillScot) in Baltimore, Maryland and ATCO in Alberta (now…
Is modular building less expensive than traditional building?
Generally speaking, yes. There are a lot of variables with a modular project, just as there are with a conventional construction project. The availability and cost of on-site labour is a key factor. In larger urban areas where labour is scarce and/or expensive, shifting construction to an off-site (often rural)…
do modular buildings last as long as site built buildings?
A building constructed using modular methods will last as long (if not longer than) a traditional site-built structure. Again, the building is constructed to the same building codes, and must meet the same wind, snow, and seismic conditions.