Modular Building Benefits and Opportunities
From the Modular Building Institute: “FMI Corporation (one of the nation’s largest providers of management consulting, investment banking and reserach to the engineering and construction industry) recently released their fourth quarter 2010 Nonresidential Construction Index (NRCI) stating that modular construction is considered a growth opportunity for the industry.
The NRCI report indicates that in light of the long recession, more contractors are thinking lean and looking for ways to build for less. FMI asked about one trend that could help make the construction business leaner and more efficient, the growth of prefabrication and modular construction. Although the trend for greater use of off-site construction has been growing slowly for years, the recession and new technologies are set to increase the use of manufacturing processes and environments for construction.
Only 11% of the panelists surveyed expected growth for the next three years to be less than 1%, or less than expected GDP growth. Thirty-seven percent expect growth to be between 1% and 5%, but 49% expect growth to exceed 5%. Panelists expect this area to grow faster than the market in general due to the growing use of BIM, owners wanting projects faster and for lower cost, safety, quality and the shortage of skilled labor once markets return to more normal growth.
“This report confirms what we’ve believed for a long time, that modular construction is poised for take-off,” said Tom Hardiman, Executive Director of the Modular Building Institute. “Over the past five years there has been a growing interest in the commercial modular construction market from building owners and investors alike. We expect to see continued growth for our commercial building providers as the modular construction industry continues to adopt innovative and efficient construction techniques.”
The NRCI is a quarterly report by FMI which is a sampling of construction industry executives voluntarily serving as panelists for surveys about industry trends. The responses are based on their experience and opinions, and the analysis is based on FMI’s interpretation of the aggregate results.”
Modular Medical Buildings and Modular Healthcare Buildings
Healthcare Facilities symposium
Whitley Manufacturing has just returned from the Healthcare Facilities Symposium in Chicago, IL, one of the nation’s premier venues for showcasing innovative products, companies, and processes serving and supporting the healthcare industry with regards to facility design and construction. Thank you to all the material vendors, contractors, architects, and facility managers for their interest in custom permanent modular medical facilities built with our sustainable modular construction system.
There is increasing awareness of the benefits of modular construction, particularly in the healthcare sector where the accelerated timeline to completion represents significant revenue and is important for patient retention. Whitley Manufacturing’s modular healthcare buildings offerings span a broad range of facility types, including:
- Relocatable or permanent modular clinical space & modular physicians’ offices
- Medical Office Buildings
- Modular Surgical Centers
- Modular Emergency Rooms / Modular Acute Care Facilities
- Modular Radiotherapy and Oncology Clinics
- Modular MRI / CT / PET Imaging Facilities
- Modular Dialysis / Renal Treatment Facilities
- Modular Hospital space / Hospital additions / Patient Suites
- Dental Facilities
- Modular Administrative Space
In addition to custom-designed permanent and relocatable modular buildings
, Whitley Manufacturing also offers prefabricated components
to be used in a hybrid approach that utilizes the efficiencies of off-site modularization / prefabrication in combination with conventional site construction to help reduce contractor and sub-contractor traffic within the building, accelerate timelines to completion, and control quality and costs.
We can custom design and manufacture prefabricated components outfitted with custom systems, finishes as selected by the client or project architect, that is prepared for ease of transit at the site and quick hook-up to the buildings structural, utility, and electrical systems. Whitley Manufacturing designs with BIM
, allowing architects to easily collaborate with our in-house design team, model the component within their larger facility plan, insure seamless integration of systems, and enable clash detection early in the design phase.
Common prefabricated components for the healthcare sector include:
- Patient Restrooms (sometimes referred to as restroom “pods”, or “wet cores”)
- Equipment Enclosures
- Operating Suites
- Patient Suites
The benefits of Whitley Manufacturing’s prefabricated components include:
- Reduced timeline on the jobsite
- Reduced congestion / traffic by trades at the jobsite
- Efficient modular construction systems reduce costs
- Off-site construction in a modern modular manufacturing facility insures a high standard of quality and rigorous inspections
- Our custom design and fabrication capabilities and experience allow for broad design flexibility
Off the Atlantic Coast, Hurricane Irene is strengthening, and while the track of the storm is still unclear, there is still the threat that the hurricane could directly hit the United States. Even if the hurricane’s track remains offshore, the Eastern Seaboard may still be lashed with dangerous surf / storm surge, hurricane force (Category 3 or 4) winds up to 131 MPH, and heavy rain.
As danger approaches, the primary focus should be on safety (preparation and evacuation), but must quickly pivot to response. For the response to a wide array of disasters, modular construction offers an ideal solution. Modular buildings (constructed off-site in a controlled factory environment) can be quickly moved into the effected area, providing undamaged operational space for first responders and clean up teams, as well as allowing for businesses and vital services to quickly re-open. As recovery efforts proceed, the buildings can be relocated and re-purposed as they are needed.
Whitley Manufacturing builds an array of modular buildings for disaster response applications, ranging from flexible clearspan space, to emergency water and sewer service (PDF download), to support facilities (showers and lockers, temporary housing), and a variety of modular healthcare facilities. We currently have a limited amount of high-quality, flexible clearspan space available for delivery on an accelerated timeline.
You can read more about WM’s distributor Kitchens To Go and how they used commercial modular kitchen units to help Joplin, Missouri recover from the spring tornadoes by clicking here.
Please contact us to learn more about modular buildings for disaster response.
Kitchens To Go, a WM partner who provides unique and innovative commercial modular kitchen units to a national clientele, was recently recognized in the Naperville Sun for their efforts in assisting with the recovery of Joplin, MO schools.
Fred Stowell, a partner at Kitchens To Go of Naperville, IL, describes how the company was selected as “the kitchen provider to develop each school’s food-service facility.”
Whitley Manufacturing has previously partnered with Kitchens To Go on numerous commercial kitchen projects, including facilities at the University of Southern California’s student union.
Read more about Kitchens To Go’s Joplin project and commercial modular kitchen units.