7 Factors to Think About When Planning for a Temporary Building

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There is enough room for the building to delivered and installed and the site is level, now what?  Here are 7 factors to think about as your plan for a temporary building.

1. Foundations
Depending on how long the building will be located at your site will determine what type of foundation system is required.  If the building is planned to be on site for less than a year, then it may be possible to save on costs by installing the building on ABS pads in lieu of a full concrete pier foundation.  The local building code will determine what type of foundation system is allowable depending on how long the building will be on site.  If a concrete pier foundation is required, a soil test will need to be performed so the foundation system to be designed according the soil bearing capacity.

2. Permits
Permits are generally required whether the building is permanent or temporary. This will ultimately be determined by the local building official.  The permitting process and building inspection can be included in the scope of work

3. Hiring an Architect
It is a benefit to the customer to have an architect involved in the project.  The architect will be your advocate to ensure that all of the local codes and zoning requirements are met for the building and the site.  The architect will also create a site plan which is generally required for submittal to the state or local building department.  The modular building provider will work closely with your architect to provide the necessary building information to incorporate into the site plan.  Most providers can also recommend an architect if you are looking for one.

4. Restriction on Modular Buildings in Your Area
Some municipalities have restrictions on modular buildings – some do not allow them at all, others allow them, but only for a certain period of time and others allow them if they meet certain criteria for exterior appearance.  If you’re investigating a modular building for your property, you should check with the local building official to determine if there are any restrictions in your area.

5. Electricty
The temporary building will need to be connected to power, so it is important to know where the power source is located and if it is adequate to power the modular building.  The modular building provider can provide the power requirements of the building.  The closer the building can be located to existing utilities on the site, the lower the site work utility cost will be.  It is important to evaluate your site and determine the most effective location for the building.

6. Plumbing
If the building has plumbing, then the modular also needs to be connected to sewer and water.  Again, the closer the building can be located to existing utilities on the site, the lower the site work utility cost will be. 

7. Upfront Costs and Post-Lease Costs
There is a monthly fee to rent a temporary building.  In addition to the building rental, there will be upfront costs for delivery, installation, foundation (if required), decking and utility connections.  At the end of the lease, there will be costs for teardown and return transport.

 To learn more about temporary modulars, check out our temporary modular building solutions blog posts.

Questions?
If you have questions about temporary buildings or other modular space solutions, our team is ready to answer your questions.

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