Construction of the modular Science Wing at Wapato School District in Washington continues. The gallery above shows the modular building process from construction of wall and roof sections through delivery of modular units to the project site. The project is … Continue reading →
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
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”)
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