The modular construction industry is booming. As of 2019, it’s an $8 billion industry that contractors often choose due to its efficiency, costs, safety, and more.
Construction plants create modular buildings off-site. After the manufacturing plant creates separate pieces, they’re shipped to the construction site. Construction crews can assemble modular buildings quickly and safely, using significantly fewer materials than a traditional build.
If you’re looking for efficiency without limits to customization, commercial modular buildings are what you need. Before you commit to a project, be sure to ask the construction company the following questions.
1. How Long Will the Project Take?
Modular commercial buildings can go up 30-50% faster than traditional builds. Depending on the size, you could have a new building in 30-60 days. Ask your modular construction company for a time estimate. If you’re looking at a months-long modular project, it may not be worth it. You could be working with a backlogged and inefficient company.
2. Do You Offer Permanent and Moveable Construction?
Modular buildings can be permanent or moveable. A permanent building offers more customization and has the same functionality as a traditional building. A moveable modular building might be used as a temporary classroom, office, or storage space. Moveable modular buildings aren’t laid on a concrete foundation and are easily disassembled to move away.
Before you consult with a modular company, determine your needs. A moveable building is more efficient if you aren’t sure about your long-term plans. However, moveable buildings lose equity and aren’t built to last for a long time. Once you’ve made a decision, find a company that offers the type of modular building that you need.
3. What Businesses Have You Worked With in the Past?
Modular construction is a great choice for schools, hospitals, churches, and more. Ask the companies you’re consulting with who they’ve worked with in the past. Ideally, you’ll want to hear about work with a company similar to yours or one that had the same needs.
For example, if you’re a hospital or healthcare company you’ll likely have strict timelines that you need to stick with to ramp up accordingly. A company that ‘s worked within the healthcare industry will understand your requirements and offer buildings specific to your needs.
4. Do You Offer Design Services?
Not all modular companies offer design and architecture services. Before you get started, consider the costs of outsourcing design or working with a company that has an in-house architect. The costs could vary depending on your timeline and building needs. However, working with a modular company that offers the full scope of services could make your project easier to manage.
Understanding If Modular Construction Is Right For You
Lastly, modular construction is an excellent solution for businesses looking to ramp up fast. Compared with prefabricated commercial buildings, modular buildings are fully built off-site, making the entire process more efficient. In fact, they’re more sustainable and cost-effective for projects like schools and hospitals where you’re looking to add similar-looking buildings quickly.
Above all, contact us today to create a custom modular floor plan design that meets all your business needs.