Prefab Construction is the Future

Smarter, not harder.

This phrase has permeated the modern workplace. Every day, we are encouraged to trim the fat, increase our efficiency, and generate more value in less time.

It’s a good mindset – one that is propelled by advances in modern technology that can allow for such leaps in productivity.

There’s one industry that is falling behind in these productivity leaps, however. And it’s one that is not often thought of by the average person, although we see it in action and are affected by it every day.

The industry in question? None other than the construction industry.

That’s right. In the last 50 years, the construction industry has experienced a 15% decline in productivity, a staggering drop compared to all other non-farm industries, who have seen a 250% increase in the same period of time. (source)

The decline in productivity can be attributed to a refusal to innovate on the construction site. Despite the advancements in information, BIM, and material technologies, the humble construction site has remained the same; a labor force using handheld tools, a workplace that is exposed to, and often shut down by the weather.

The next generation of construction

There is a remedy to this dismal state of affairs, however, and it comes in the form of modular construction. Unlike traditional construction, modular construction has become an incredibly efficient method of development, both in speed and cost, and can be used for any kind of application – consumer, residential, or otherwise.

Traditional construction comes with many costs and risks that could make you bleed money. Modular building suppliers avoid these costs by fabricating their buildings in state-of-the-art factories. One could save thousands by choosing modular construction and preventing on-site construction hazards, such as weather, worker oversight, and loss during transportation. If you’re looking to get your project done below budget and ahead of schedule, modular buildings are undoubtedly becoming a contender in the construction space.

Below, we will flesh out some of the reasons that modular construction is rapidly becoming the next big thing.

Speed

Modular buildings are constructed in a climate-controlled environment, safe from harmful weather elements. Delays and material loss due to implement weather could set back the production of a traditionally constructed building, costing you both time and money.

Another aspect of the modular construction method is the fact that site preparation and unit construction are performed simultaneously.

This can minimize your projected project cost by 30%, 40% – even 50%, and it will be ready for occupation in half the time.

In an industry where a quick return on investment (ROI) is the name of the game, partnering with a prefabricated modular building manufacturer is never the wrong answer.

Safety

Stronger

Modular buildings, like those traditionally constructed, must always be built to local building codes. In fact, quite often modular exceed these building codes.

On top of that, each individual modular building is designed from the ground up to withstand transportation from facility to site of installation, requiring these modules to be stronger than traditional “stick-built” buildings by pure virtue of necessity.

Also, most modularly-built structures are engineered using state-of-the-art BIM technology, and use the same architect-certified materials that guarantee strength like wood, concrete, and steel.

Safer

Creating modular buildings is an all-around safer affair, from construction to installation.

Modular construction is conducted entirely within an indoor factory environment, which is much safer for the workmen on the project than outdoor construction. Along with being protected from the elements, the risk of death from falls, vehicular accidents, and more are reduced or removed entirely.

This is only aided by the fact that each individual module is inspected as it goes down the assembly line, meaning that the safety is passed on from the workers to you – keeping the building’s occupants safer year-after-year.

Environmental benefits

Reduction in transportation emissions
With traditional construction, large trucks and workers are constantly going back and forth from the construction site. It adds up – in the U.S, buildings account for 38 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, and most of these emissions come from the construction phase. With the modular building process, all construction is done within a factory, eliminating a large majority of these transportation emissions.

Less material waste
Many factors in the traditional construction process lead to material waste, such as worker oversight, design changes, poor material storage, and inclement weather. Because of our indoor building environment, we can keep a sharp eye on our construction, and can reduce the amount of construction waste that reaches landfills by 95% or more.

Reusability
Modular buildings are designed from the ground up to not only be able to be deconstructed, but easily moved and reused depending on the need. Their reusability means less costly construction projects are needed. That’s right – you don’t just recycle glass bottles and plastics, you can also reuse modular buildings to achieve a smaller carbon footprint!

Industries

Hospitals/Healthcare/Labs

Those in the healthcare industry will know that oftentimes hospitals will need quick and seamless expansion, whether it be for administrative offices, clinics, or labs. Modular buildings are a perfect solution.

Disaster relief

Disaster can strike at any time, and when time is of the essence, construction is out of the question. Enter modular buildings – they can be used to quickly set up housing for those affected in the disasters, as well as education and healthcare application.

Commercial/Retail

When you need to get your business up and running in a flash, there’s no better option than checking out used modular inventory for your needs. Your biggest expenses will be transportation and modification, leaving more money for you to grow your business.

Classrooms

Modular classrooms are a popular budget solution for school districts nationwide as classroom sizes fluctuate. Aries Building Systems has a wide variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate education needs at any level.

Government

The rigid requirements and specifications that come along with building government facilities make modular construction well suited to their needs, whether at a local, state, regional, or federal level.

Learn more about Reliant Asset Management 

The founders of Reliant have gained experience with lease financing for the modular building industry that spans several decades. A long-term partnership with their finance source brings significant expertise with qualified transactions, and gives RAM the flexible investment capital they need to build capacity and respond to growing customer needs. While a large part of Reliant’s business involves providing remote workforce housing for energy companies operating in the U.S. and Canada, we also offer single and multi-story modular space solutions in the education, healthcare, retail, and business sectors. Additionally, RAM works closely with various government agencies and organizations. In addition to being named to the Forbes list of America’s Top 20 Most Promising Companies, Reliant was also ranked number 3 on the 2014 Inc. 500, Inc. Magazine’s annual list of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S.

Check out our inventory of new and used modular buildings here to find the perfect modular building for your next project.