Understanding the Essential Steps in the Modular Building Process

Understanding the Essential Steps in the Modular Building Process

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In previous posts, we’ve discussed that with a controlled manufacturing environment, modular construction has fewer weather delays or damage than traditional construction. Completion of projects can happen 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.

Modular Building Process:


Before transportation or installation can begin, the design phase needs to match 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 complete 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 easy knowing the transportation of your portable building will be by a professional. If a project is exceedingly large, transportation might be in multiple shipments during various phases of installation for maximum efficiency.


Once the transportation of the project is complete, 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.

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