Modular construction technology
Modular buildings are everywhere, although they are not always recognized. Often, they cannot be distinguished from site-built facilities.
Increasingly, they are the choice for businesses, schools, and community organizations seeking cost-effective and functional space. Whether the need is for additional operating capability or increased storage capacity, there are abundant reasons for the move to modular.
The Modular Difference
The controlled environment is the primary difference between modular and traditional construction. Sections, or modules, of the building, are constructed in a factory to exacting specifications then moved to the site for assembly to other modules.
The final product is a complete building. Architecturally, they can be designed to look like any other building, with the same aesthetics. Structurally, the modular difference offers some important benefits to building construction.
Superior Construction Methods
Modular construction technology exceeds the requirements of site-built construction. There are several reasons for this.
Increased Building Strength
Modular buildings must be able to tolerate the rigors of shipping and then being lifted and placed on site by a crane. Site-built buildings would fall apart under similar stresses.
Top Grade Materials
There is no compromise in building materials. Modular construction technology uses components that are equivalent or superior to those used in site-built construction.
Factory Controlled Conditions
Modules are built to meet or exceed the same building code requirements as site-built structures. Because they are constructed in a controlled setting, modular buildings can meet the most demanding specifications, often not possible on a construction site.
Uniformity of each component of construction is also enhanced in ways that are not possible in traditional on-site construction. This eliminates contractor errors and omissions during the building process.
Each modular building must meet stringent architectural and engineering requirements before leaving the manufacturer. Detailed factory inspection of all phases of construction ensures the quality of all components delivered to the building site.
Greater Design Flexibility
The controlled building environment in modular construction technology offers architects and engineers greater design flexibility. Construction techniques that would be impossible, or unsafe, on a building site, can be accomplished within in the factory setting.
The move towards modular is founded on sound principles. Controlled construction methods, design flexibility, and quality assurance produce a superior building product.