It’s difficult to ignore the tremendous benefits of modular buildings for education, healthcare, business, assembly, hospitality, and other applications. They are mobile / relocatable, easier on the budget, take 30-50% less time to complete than conventional buildings, and require less time on the construction site.

Mobile Modular Buildings

Relocatable modular buildings allow you to build or expand a facility without making permanent alterations to the building site. They are designed to be reused and can be transported to different locations when the need arises. Advantages include:

  • Quick delivery of ready-to-use space
  • Less expensive than design-bid-build construction
  • Minimal site preparation required
  • Unlimited number of designs and styles
  • Can be designed as single- or multi-story buildings
  • Highly customizable
  • Compatible with surrounding architecture
  • Flexibility; move or add-on to accommodate future needs
  • Meet or exceed applicable building codes and regulations

One major advantage of modular construction is that, once built in the factory, modules are transported to the building site and constructed in sections, like building blocks.  They are about 90% complete at this point, and have been engineered so that stairwells, water lines, power lines, HVAC, and other systems are in place when they leave the factory. Modules are quickly connected once they arrive on site, and interior and exterior finishing work begins. This process can shorten time-to-occupancy by 30% to 50%.

To illustrate the capabilities of modular construction and design, let’s take a look at several of the recent winners of Awards of Distinction from the Modular Building Institute:

Healthcare: LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans had an urgent need for space and grant funding that required a quick turnaround. The modular healthcare clinic designed by Modular Genius was manufactured in an off-site facility while utilities and foundations were constructed on the building site. Off-site construction included installation of features such as laminate counter tops, exam room sinks, counters, cabinets, plumbing, electric for dental chairs, and interior finishes such as floor covering and drop ceilings. The project was completed in 203 days.

Education:  High quality, environmentally friendly modular classrooms were designed for the Edmonds School District in Edmonds, WA. The LEED-certifiable buildings were designed using the latest in green building practices and will use up to 50% less energy than an average modular classroom with a life expectancy of 50 to 60 years. Classrooms have a modern architectural look with plenty of natural lighting and fresh air circulation. The project was completed in 111 days.

Assembly: This permanent but relocatable modular church building is an excellent example of a used modular building that was remodeled and repurposed for a new use. Originally a retail building, it was renovated for use as a chapel by the St. Sharbel Mission in Las Vegas, NV. The goal was to coordinate with existing modular classrooms and an on-site stick-built building while achieving an “Old World” look, complete with stone bell tower. The church saved $1 million by utilizing modular construction, and the project was completed in 122 days.

Architects and building owners are taking advantage of the flexibility, sustainability and savings (in time and materials) that are inherent to mobile and relocatable modular buildings.  Get started on your innovative project today and be up and running in a few short months.