As you may already know, modular construction is a process in which a building is constructed off-site, under controlled plant conditions, using the same materials and designing to the same codes and standards as conventionally built facilities – but in about half the time. The building is made up of modules that are constructed in a factory, transported, and assembled at the final building site. Once the modules are assembled at the site though, can you tell the difference between modular construction and conventional construction?
Educational Building Construction
Take a look at a few of our recent permanent modular building projects to see if you can spot any differences.
For years work was being done to open a new charter school in Clayton County, Georgia. When the charter was finally approved in September and then zoning needed for the new facilities approved in November, the DuBois Integrity Academy in Riverdale, Georgia was looking to have their doors open by the next school year.
The school utilized modular construction to build their facility in two phases. The Phase One building was constructed with two wings and a site-built common area that is utilized as a cafeteria and assembly space. This phase contained 17 classrooms and an administration area with offices, a conference room, and an open reception area as well as a nurse’s station, common area with a warming kitchen, restrooms and a teacher’s workroom. In just one year, enrollment continued to grow, and the planned Phase Two build-out took place in 2016. IMS added a second floor for grades three to five, creating an additional 12,300 SF with 11 classrooms, stairwells and elevator to the existing structure.
Healthcare Building Construction
Winthrop-University Hospital was looking to add a Level One Trauma Center to the emergency department that would be able to treat both children and adult trauma patients. The addition needed to be located adjacent to the existing emergency department, but not impact the operations of the emergency department for an extended period of time.
The hospital chose modular construction to keep a majority of the construction activity away from the hospital and minimize the potential impact on infection control. The addition blends seamlessly into the hospital campus and includes access to the existing emergency area, ambulance driver’s area, emergency decontamination shower, holding areas, nurses’ stations and three Level One Trauma bays.
Commercial Building Construction
Domino’s was searching for an accelerated building solution to complement their aggressive US franchise development program. The goal was to allow their franchisees to spend less time conventionally building stores and more time building their franchises.
Domino’s chose modular construction as a rapid, efficient and flexible way to build their new location. When the building was set, 85% of the building was already completed in the factory, including mechanical electrical and plumbing. This allowed for work to be completed by the end of November. By the first week of December, the Domino's team was actively preparing the store for its first customers.
Can you tell these buildings are modular?
Utilizing modular does not mean that a building will look temporary or like a trailer. As you can see on the projects shown above, modular can provide two-story buildings, existing building additions, and even stand-alone buildings like a quick serve restaurant. This form of construction offers an accelerated timeline for schools, healthcare facilities, government facilities and commercial buildings. See some more examples on our Case Studies page, and by following us on Facebook or Twitter.
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