How Modular Construction is Affecting Architecture


How Modular Construction is Affecting Architecture

While design trends often have a lot of influence, other factors can have an influence on the industry. We're sharing how modular construction is doing so here!

Did you know that 66% of surveyed builders said that modular construction has reduced their overall project times? And 35% of those respondents said their project schedules were reduced by four weeks or more.

Modular homes and buildings are starting to push their way into the marketplace in a big way.

They are being used for everything from medical facilities to residential rentals, to office space.  And they are getting a lot of attention because of their unique look and their value.

The world’s tallest modular tower recently opened in Brooklyn. The 32-story apartment rental building is a very visible example of a trendy phenomenon that actually has several benefits.

Let’s take a look at how modular construction is changing the game.

Modular Construction: Reduces Waste

There are clearly going to be waste-related benefits to having things manufactured and built offsite, versus building on-site. 

People in the United States are only starting to see this now because their hands haven’t been forced like other places. Europe and Asia are seeing a bigger push towards reducing carbon footprints, which is why they have embraced modular construction faster than the US.

According to the same survey, we quoted earlier, 77% of surveyed builders said modular construction helped them reduce construction site waste.  44% said waste was decreased by 5% or more. 

Modular Construction: Saves Time

Across the pond in Australia, Canberra hospital recently added 84 modular units, which allowed for doctors and patients to occupy and take a vantage of the new space much faster than waiting for a new build. 

These modules cover 5000 m² and will be housing everything from x-ray rooms, to office space, meeting rooms, reception, waiting areas, the consultation rooms, a rehabilitation gymnasium, theater, recovery rooms, ICU, and commercial kitchen.

Modular Construction: Saves Money

An additional 65% of builders said that modular construction reduced their project budgets. 41% of those respondents said budgets were down by 6% or more.

Costs are kept down because of the two reasons above. There is less waste and projects take less time than they used to. Also, the demand for expensive specialized professionals is no longer a concern. Nearly any plumber or electrician can fit the pipes and wire the electricity.

You’re also no longer vulnerable to losing money to bad weather. 60 to 90% of your construction is completed inside a factory, which greatly reduces your susceptibility to weather delays and the costs that go along with that.

Finally, modular construction sites often have far fewer workers on-location. This, of course, keeps your costs down, with a smaller workforce. But this also makes for a safer workplace with far less human traffic and potential for injuries.

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