Builder Online has listed their Top Ten Business Trends for 2012 and modular construction appears on the list at #8 (Modular Momentum).
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Modern modular construction refers to a delivery and construction methodology where self-contained units are manufactured off-site, delivered to the final destination, then combined to comprise the finished building. A custom builder like Whitley Manufacturing can use this modular construction system to deliver a customized solution for even the most technically challenging applications.
As the IT sector has shifted towards approaches such as cloud computing, flexible, modular communications buildings which can be deployed on an accelerated timeline (not to mention offering the flexibility of future relocation) are becoming increasingly popular.
The Data Center Knowledge Guide to Modular Data Centers defines modular data centers as an “…engineered solution for assembling a data center out of modular components in pre-fabricated solutions that enable scalability and a rapid delivery schedule.” Modular construction can help to defray the amount of construction capital needed to expand data center capacity, while drastically improving the time to completion. Factory construction allows modular units to be rigorously engineered to improve efficiency and reduce costs, and the off-site nature of modular construction allows the flexibility to scale capacity and upgrade equipment with minimal disruption to daily operations. If your company is in need of a modular data center or communications solution, we would love to discuss how modular construction can benefit your company. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Whitley Manufacturing offers a variety of custom modular telecommunications and equipment shelters. These facilities can be custom designed as three-dimensional modular units, can utilize retrofitted ISO containers, or can be contained in custom fabricated and sized ISO containers. Telecommunications shelters can be custom outfitted with the client’s preferred equipment and racks and rapidly be deployed to the final site. Shelters utilizing the ISO envelope can cost-effectively be exported and delivered to sites overseas. We also manufacture a wide variety of modular steel enclosures and modular equipment shelters. Sectors served include:
When security is of the essence, Whitley Manufacturing has the experience to deliver SCIF modular buildings for both government and private sector clients. A definition of a SCIF building: “SCIF outlines stringent physical security requirements, such as the thickness of doors, the strength of concrete, and the use of alarms and acoustical controls to prevent any eavesdropping within facilities, including by electronic means. A Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility meets official government requirements for a secure area where classified information is handled. A SCIF can be a room, a building, or even mobile unit enclosed in special panels to prevent information from leaking. Access is controlled.”
When security is a primary concern, choosing a manufacturer with experience successfully completing SCIF modular building projects is a must. Contact us to learn more about how our modular buildings can deliver secured information solutions.
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.”
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: