We live in an era of instant gratification. We want to buy something, we can pull out our phones and order online within minutes. New book? Movie? Your favorite band’s most recent album? Click, click, click, and done.
We can get fast food, an Uber ride within five minutes, even a date on Tinder and get married in a drive thru if you happen to be in Las Vegas. However, there are a few things we gladly wait for, in the interest of safety and practicality: If you’re traveling to a far away destination, you know it’s going to be a long flight. If you have a construction or remodeling project, it’s not going to happen overnight. So grab some snacks and have some patience.
But what if there were a way to get things done quicker within those industries as well? At least in construction, there’s modular building.
What is modular construction?
As its name implies, it is a building that is built off site, in units, that are then assembled and taken to its intended location. It is not a mobile home. In fact, when you look at a modular home, you can’t even tell the difference from a traditionally constructed one.
Why does it take less time?
Think about all the prep work that has to be done at a construction site before the construction team actually starts erecting a building. Now think of how much more efficiently time would be used if at the same time that the land is being surveyed and leveled, the actual structure were already being constructed somewhere else? Time is money, and those who use it wisely are ahead of the game.
Also, this is Florida. Think about how unbearably hot it gets during the summer; and how often we get thunderstorms. If you’re constructing outside, weather is going to cause additional delays. However, with modular construction, a lot of the work happens inside; eliminating the need to be at the environment’s mercy.
Is it safe?
It provides safer working conditions for the construction workers, since the chances of falls from great lengths is reduced, and the controlled setting takes away a lot of the risks associated with working under the elements. The materials used are the same you would expect in a traditional construction project: wood framing, steel framing, concrete, etc… Also, modular buildings have been able to withstand hurricanes without any increased security threats.