For as long as the modular construction industry has been around, there’s been some misunderstanding what it is, how it works and how does it compare to conventional building. In this article, we tackle some of those most frequently asked questions in modular building. Continue reading →
As even more severe weather strikes the Midwest, the thoughts of everyone at Whitley Manufacturing are with our fellow-Hoosiers and Midwesterners who have been so dramatically effected by last week’s severe and unseasonable storms.
A pair of Southern Indiana communities suffered heavy damage in addition to the losses already suffered by victims throughout the region. The National Weather Service states that the tornado that struck New Pekin measured a EF-3 on the Fujita scale, while the tornado which struck Henryville, IN measured EF-4 with winds of 175 MPH.
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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.”