When your church, synagogue or temple is bursting at the seams and unable to comfortably meet the needs of your congregation, it may be the ideal time to consider prefabricated church buildings.

Prefabricated Church Buildings

Because most of the initial construction of modular buildings is done in an off-site, climate-controlled factory using an engineered approach to building, it is a more efficient and cost-effective method of building the house of worship that will become a refuge for your entire community.

Modular construction is relatively new and misunderstood, so have clarified some of the myths about modular building to help you make an educated decision.

Myth: Modular buildings are just like mobile homes

Prefabricated, or modular, buildings are not at all like mobile homes. Mobile homes (also known as manufactured homes) are similar to trailers; they are required by federal regulations to be built on a non-removable steel chassis so they can be easily moved from one location to another. They are not built on permanent foundations. Because of their construction, the design options for mobile homes are very limited.

Modular buildings, on the other hand, are built on foundations and will meet or exceed your local and state building codes just like a “stick-built” building. Individual sections are built in a factory under controlled conditions and then transported to your site and put in place using giant cranes. Although modular buildings can be designed to be “portable”, this does not mean that you can hook them up to a truck and tow them away. Instead, the sections must be taken apart, moved and reassembled elsewhere.

Myth: Modular buildings all look the same

Modular churches, classrooms, offices, dormitories, work camps and other buildings have unlimited design options and can be customized to look exactly how you want them to look. They can be virtually any shape or size and have any feature you would enjoy in a conventionally built structure.  You can easily customize the windows, doors, siding, colors, etc.

You may love the look of time-honored churches with pitched shingled roofs, bell towers, covered porticos, and skylights. Or you may want something more modern and eye-catching. An award-winning national modular builder, like Modular Genius in Joppa, MD, can design and engineer any style you want.  Once completed, your modular worship center will be virtually indistinguishable from a conventionally built structure.

Myth: Modular buildings are difficult to finance

Again, it’s important not to confuse mobile homes and modular buildings. Mobile homes can be difficult to finance because they depreciate in value. Modular buildings, on the other hand, are treated just like conventionally built buildings for financing purposes. And they appreciate in value the same way traditional buildings do. You may actually find it faster to finance a modular church, primarily because of the shortened construction time. Your facility may already be completed before the first mortgage payment is due – a big benefit in the eyes of most lenders.

Myth: Modular buildings are just as expensive as traditional buildings

Typically, a prefabricated church building will cost about 20% to 50% less than a site-built church. One reason for this is that traditional construction is often affected by weather delays that can greatly increase labor costs. And building materials can be damaged or ruined by wind, rain and snow, with replacement materials adding to the cost. A modular manufacturer will build your worship facility inside a factory where weather cannot cause delays. The factory environment also provides for better accountability of materials and more accurate measurements to avoid waste.

Beautiful, high-quality prefabricated church buildings can be designed in any size or style to meet your needs for a new sanctuary, bible study, choir room, youth center, Sunday school center, administrative offices, counseling center and/or social hall. Get started today and be up and running in a few short months.