The Top 10 FAQs of Modular Construction

People often have lots of questions about modular construction, even though its use in commercial and residential buildings dates back decades. Based on our experience working with clients in the healthcare, education, and government sectors, below are the top 10 frequently asked questions about this increasingly mainstream approach.

1. What are the benefits of going modular?

Using this method, we can build durable, high quality, fully customized, and environmentally friendly structures more quickly and efficiently than with site-built construction.

2. How is modular different than site-built construction?

The key difference is that much of the work is performed in a manufacturing facility under controlled conditions. Among other things, this means that a modular building can be constructed while the worksite and foundation are being prepared instead of having to wait for those steps to be completed.

3. Do modular buildings last as long and have the same quality as site-built counterparts?

Modular buildings are constructed to the same codes and must meet the same standards as the traditional variety. In fact, because the modules are not exposed to the elements during construction and must also withstand being transported to a building site, the finished product can be even better.

4. Is it quicker or cheaper to go the modular route?

Modular construction is not subject to weather and other costly delays. Depending on what features are included, this method can be cheaper, though the real value comes from faster build times, fewer site disruptions, and consistently high quality.

5. How do I get my design completed and what will it cost?

We work with you to determine which modular solution fits your needs and budget. This includes reviewing specifications, sustainable options, and other elements to prepare for your build, helping you envision the outcome, and ensuring your satisfaction from the outset.

6. Can modular buildings be customized for any purpose?

Using the latest digital design technologies, modern manufacturing processes, and a variety of materials, we can build modular buildings that can fit virtually any need or requirement, while also being fundamentally and aesthetically sound.

7. How are modular components shipped and installed?

Typically at least 80% complete, the modules are shipped to the work site by truck and installed by crane for final assembly, which includes making utility connections and other finishing touches.

8. Is modular construction “greener” than its traditional counterpart?

Most of the work is performed in a setting designed to maximize efficiency and cut waste, helping to reduce the significant amount of construction debris that ends up in landfills each year. In addition, workers and material-delivery trucks go to one location, serving to lower transportation emissions.

9. Is there a difference between financing a modular building and a site-built structure?

With the modular approach, a larger share of the costs needs to be paid upfront to fund material purchases and component construction. We provide access to various options, including leases and extended financing, and work with financial partners that really understand the industry.

10. Why is modular construction becoming more popular?

Faced with rising labor and other costs, a growing push for more eco-friendly methods, and the logistical difficulties associated with site-built construction, developers and facilities managers have increasingly turned to an approach that has proved its success over time.

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