Facts You Need to Know About Cutting Edge Modular Construction
Cutting Edge Modular Construction. What is this?
It has many names: Offsite, Modular, Prefab Construction. This practice has seen a kind of renaissance in the last 5 years. One thing is certain: this method of construction is cutting edge.
As part of this renewed interest, the National Institute of Building Sciences, the Modular Building Institute and the Associated General Contractors of America held the first-ever Offsite Construction Expo in Washington, DC, on Sept. 23 and 24. The event, while relatively small, attracted vendors, owners and contractors looking to participate in the growing trend of prefab construction methods.
Henry Green, president and CEO of NIBS, said during the expo, “There is a lasting impression that needs to be made for modular construction.”
Modular Construction includes any building methods that take place in a location other than the site of the project, and can range from precast concrete, wall panels, MEP systems, bathroom pods, and permanent modular building.
Sue Klawans, Gilbane’s director of operations excellence and planning, said during the event, “On major projects, at least 35% should be offsite or prefabricated … The general contractor or construction manager is the primary driver of modular demand.”
The commercial sector of the construction industry has seen the greatest demand for modular methods, especially in the hospitality, student housing and military segments, according to a 2014 survey conducted by the NIBS Offsite Construction Council.
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