How Modular and Prefabrication is Transforming Construction

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How Modular and Prefabrication is Transforming Construction

Labor shortages and lack of adequate housing are just two of the persistent issues that construction leaders from around the country are hoping to solve by using more modular and prefabricated processes. From using them on healthcare facilities and hotels to multifamily and dormitory projects, these methods are only expected to become more popular over the next several years and could have a significant impact on construction careers. Here are some ways modular and prefabrication is transforming construction.

Financial Savings

A growing number of building owners are exploring prefabricated or modular construction because it provides them with more affordable options. The long-standing myth that custom-made pieces cost more is gradually being dispelled by construction estimators who know that prefab manufacturers enjoy bulk discounts on most of their raw building materials. This savings is then passed on to reduce the overall cost of construction projects. Companies that use Building Information Modeling (BIM) are improving their budgets even more than those that don’t because it promotes easier designs and better coordination across construction departments.

Flexibility

Modular construction is more flexible than traditional onsite building methods. Sections can be efficiently constructed at controlled manufacturing facilities, and then dissembled before they are delivered to job sites. This also gives architects more freedom to change the designs of different structures during the building process and cut down on raw materials.

Uniform Quality

A significant advantage that prefab construction has over structures that are built on site is that it ensures components are assembled by experienced crews in weather-resistant environments, with multiple quality checks throughout the entire process. Prefab also enables the use of precise machine equipment otherwise not available at job sites to ensure projects conform to building code.

Fewer Disruptions

Indoor construction environments offer the predictability and safety of highly controlled environments. Unlike job sites which can be noisy, dusty, and oftentimes fraught with unexpected weather events, building modular components in and indoor environment is very focused and has limited variables. These facilities are often considered safer alternatives to building on site because workers are protected from inclement weather and other uncertainties that can be better controlled in prefab facilities.

Prefabrication and modular building methods are expected to continue growing in popularity as more construction companies see financial savings, more flexibility, and fewer job-related injuries. But it’s still important to note that not all projects are eligible for prefab or modular construction. There are going to be owners who prefer traditional building methods over other options.

 

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By | 2020-03-23T13:04:39-04:00 March 26th, 2020|Construction Blog|

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The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group
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