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Understanding the Essential Steps in the Modular Building Process

In previous posts, we’ve discussed that with a controlled manufacturing environment, modular construction has fewer weather delays or damage than traditional construction. Projects can be completed 40% faster. If you’ve made the decision to invest in finished portable buildings of any kind — portable classrooms, portable churches, etc. — understanding the design, building, and installation process can provide some much needed insight regarding the overall projection of your modular building endeavors. Here’s a quick rundown of the basic steps in the modular building process.


Before transportation or installation can begin, the project needs to be designed to the client’s exact specifications. The builders will ask a number of questions about the project goals and work with clients to develop a detailed and customized construction and pricing plan. 

Engineering, Approvals, and Site Development

The next steps include a detailed engineering review to ensure quality. Then, the builders receive all necessary permits and start to prepare the building site. The building site preparation process includes a number of steps in and of itself, including surveying, demolition, excavation, site drainage, and more. Preparing the building site ahead of time is critical to expedite the process and must be finished prior to project transportation.


Finally, the transportation process can begin. This varies greatly depending on your exact project size and specifications. But you can rest assured that your portable building will be transported by a carrier that specializes in modular transportation. If a project is exceedingly large, it may need to be transported in multiple shipments during various phases of installation for maximum efficiency.


Once the project is transported to the building site, installation starts to get underway. Again, delivery times will vary depending on the needs of the project, but a modular building can be built and delivered in as quickly as 12 weeks. Keep in mind that each project may also require different equipment and installation methods.

Overall, understanding the modular building process can help you make the best decisions for your growing business needs. For more information about how to get started with finished portable buildings, contact ABS.

Alternative Building Solutions, Inc.

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