AIA to create “Match.com” for Projects

Modular Buildings Steel Frame ConstructionThe American Institute of Architects (AIA) is looking to do for builders, architects, and developers what Match.com has done for the dating scene.  This service has a similar goal to the dating service:  to connect well-matched parties who otherwise might never meet.

The new site aims to connect developers of stalled construction projects and “real estate investors searching for opportunities” through a searchable online database.  AIA officials believe the service could provide a boost for the construction industry.

Paul Mendelsohn, vice president of government and community relations for the AIA says, “We’ve learned from our membership that access to credit is one of the major hurdles, so through this mechanism we hope to help find some of that funding.”  The database will categorize projects by type, location, energy efficiency, and other features.

Preliminary estimates are targeting a mid-September launch for the site with an expansion of features in the following months.  Mendelsohn states “Getting the building sector back on the streets will not only help architects and others in the industry, it will help jump-start the entire economy.”

For modular builders and distributors with potential clients whose projects have stalled due to lack of funding, this may be a beneficial resource to help clients re-start dormant projects.  Whitley Manufacturing’s sustainable modular construction system also offers an opportunity to developers with stalled projects.

If a project cannot be fully funded, a custom modular building solution can be designed for future scalability as capital becomes available.  Custom modular buildings feature accurate costing due to the modern production method and factory setting, allowing developers to control costs and minimize contingencies.  Hybrid approaches using conventional construction and prefabricated components can accelerate timelines and control costs as well.

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Our Sustainable Modular Construction Process

Sustainable modular constructionA new PDF is available for download detailing the sustainable aspects of Whitley Manufacturing’s modular construction / prefabrication process in comparison to conventional construction methodology.

There is increasing awareness amongst architects, engineers, general contractors, facility managers, and the public as a whole, of the sustainable aspects of modular construction.

These include improved efficiency in material usage, reduction in the percentage of material wasted, reduced solid waste generation, reduction in transit miles in total and throughout the supply chain, and the reduction in lifecycle global warming potential (as measured in emissions of CO2).

Download the report on Green Modular Buildings.

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Ready for Last Minute Classroom Orders

Modular Classrooms ClockWith time for the new school year rapidly approaching, it may appear that school districts are “out of luck” with regards to adding additional modular classroom space.  This may not be the case, however.

Whitley Manufacturing’s sustainable modular construction system utilizes an accelerated and modern production process and can meet even very aggressive schedules.

Review information on our modular school buildings or simply contact us to discuss your needs and schedule.

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MHC Prefabrication Report

Modular Healthcare FacilityMcGraw-Hill Construction recently released a SmartMarket Report examining the many benefits of modular construction, entitled “Prefabrication and Modularization: Increasing Productivity in the Construction Industry”.

The report focuses on how new technology, such as the Building Information Modeling (BIM) software utilized by Whitley Manufacturing, allows for increased productivity through the use of prefabricated and modular components that can seamlessly be integrated into a larger structure.

A survey of over 800 architecture and engineering professionals found:

  • 66% report that project schedules are accelerated by modular components;
  • 65% report that project budgets are reduced by modular components;
  • 77% report that construction site waste is decreased by use of modular components.

The Modular Building Institute (MBI) has made several downloads available pertaining to the report.  Download the report here.  Download the podcast here.

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