MIT Childcare Center
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What exactly is modular construction? It is a process that constructs a building off site, under controlled plant conditions using the same materials, designed to the same codes and standards as conventionally built facilities, but does so in about half the time. Buildings are produced in “modules” that when put together on site, reflect the identical design intent and specifications of the most sophisticated traditionally built facility – without compromise.
Structurally, modular buildings are generally stronger than conventional construction because each module is engineered to independently withstand the rigors of transportation and craning onto foundations. Once together and sealed, the buildings modules become one integral wall, floor and roof assembly.
Building off site ensures better construction quality management. Materials that are delivered to the plant location are safely and securely stored in the manufacturer’s warehouse to prevent damage or deterioration from moisture and the elements. And manufacturing plants have stringent QA/QC programs with independent inspection and testing protocols that promotes superior quality of construction every step of the way.Beyond quality management and improved completion time, modular construction offers numerous other benefits to owners. Removing approximately 80% of the building construction activity from the site location significantly reduces site disruption, vehicular traffic and improves overall safety and security, so for schools, or other active businesses, reducing on-site activity and thereby eliminating a large part of the ongoing construction hazards is a tremendous advantage.
The Carroll School
For architects and owners alike, modular construction companies today can work with levels of design and construction sophistication that will exceed all expectations, rivaling their conventional counter-parts. It is beneficial that when exploring the various project delivery methods, off-site construction is chosen early in the design development process and the project built around that methodology, to avoid redesigning. Most modular companies however, can take a stick built design and create a modular version when required, so it’s never to late to explore the possibilities!
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Needham Newman School