Modular Construction: What’s it Made Of?

When it comes to modular construction, the question of quality often arises. Are modular buildings sturdy? Are they built to last? How can a modular building be structurally sound if it is made of modules? The fact is, modular buildings are made out of the same sturdy materials that are used to build conventional construction. Think wood, steel and concrete. The main difference being, modular construction is manufactured in a factory setting. 

Modular buildings must adhere to the same codes as conventional construction and oftentimes exceeds those very standards, producing stronger buildings. Modular construction is portable and people often perceive portable buildings as cheap. In reality, the portable nature of modules makes them stronger, as they have to withstand transportation and multiple uses. When they are delivered to the construction site, modules are set onto sound foundations with the use of cranes and then assembled. So, despite the fact that they are portable, they should not be mistaken for say, mobile trailers.

When you break it down, modular construction and on-site construction produce nearly the same finished product–it’s the process of getting to the finish line that differs. In the case of modular construction, your overall timeline is a fraction of site-construction. Indoor manufacturing means there is no off-season and no weather delays. Your construction “site” is more efficient, safer, and sustainable and therefore more cost-effective for you. Furthermore, materials are kept in a controlled environment so they aren’t prone to damage or theft. 

Contrary to popular belief, modular construction is typically stronger than conventional construction. Constructed of wood, steel and concrete, and built intentionally to be used and reused, modular construction produces buildings that are built to last.

To learn more about SMM and our work in modular construction, check out our case studies.