The Growth Of Modular Construction

Too often when people consider a new construction project they imagine the process in too narrow a scope. Classic construction is a matter of raw materials assembled in front of your eyes. These days, however, modular construction has become a legitimate option for both commercial and residential projects.


kitchen constructionWhat is modular construction? Modular construction is using pre-fabricated components and assembling them at the “construction site”. While many instances of projects will require a hybrid approach, there are some interesting benefits that come from using a modular approach. Consider the following:


  1. Modular construction is not weather reliant. Or at least, not as weather reliant. Components are assembled in a factory, meaning several days of harsh weather will not slow assembly.
  2. Consistent quality controlled processes can lead to improved build quality of components. Like most other manufacturing, this is a matter of specialization and a benefit of working in scale.
  3. Another benefit of scale and specialization is the speed of production, as these components can sometimes be built in half the time of constructing the elements on site.


Obviously, the drawbacks are that you have to use pre-fabricated components, which can severely limit a building’s design options. For relatively straightforward designs, particularly when working on a tight budget and/or timeline, a modular solution can severely reduce labor and material budgets, while giving you a functioning building in a much shorter time frame.

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