What is Modular construction and How Does It Work?

Published: December 10, 2018

What is modular construction?

Ever wondered what modular construction is exactly and how the process works? How do plans quickly become reality? Here at Avon Modular, experts in the field of modular construction, we have come across these questions frequently and would like to share with you our professional knowledge of the process.

Modular construction is one of the fastest growing forms of construction in the market today. With its increased efficiency and ability to apply modern technology to the needs of the marketplace, it is no wonder modular systems housing has grown at nearly a 25% rate in the last 5 years, with no signs of slowing down.

Modular construction is a method of construction, not a building type. In modular construction, buildings are constructed off-site in sections or parts. Once the site is ready, the sections or parts are brought to the site and connected at their final location. Modular constructed buildings are custom-designed commercial buildings just like their counterparts that are built on-site with conventional construction methods. Choosing modular does not limit your options or the quality of the final product. In fact, owners and architects have available to them the same design, structural system, and finish materials options that are offered in conventional construction. The only difference is the method of which the building is constructed.


How does it work?

Step 1: Design, Engineering, and Approval. Like all building processes, before construction can begin on the perfect modular building, it needs to be designed. This is an important step in the process and worth taking your time on, so you don’t forget the small details that will give you the perfect final build. In addition to design, engineering is also a step that requires a lot of thought. It is necessary to take into consideration building regulations that may affect the outcome of your building’s design. The final part of this step is approval, which can take time if the design needs modifications before being considered further. However, with the many environmental benefits of modular construction, this type of building technique is encouraged by planners.

Step 2: Building off-site. After the design is finalized with an architect, the construction plans are sent to a factory where most of the building is constructed. The difference between conventional and modular buildings is that 60% to 90% of the construction of a modular building is constructed off-site in a controlled production environment. Everything from walls to mechanical systems to fixtures and interior finishes like paint and carpet can be completed on the assembly line off-site. This is a quick and efficient process where the quality of the materials and build are highly maintained.

Step 3: Preparation of the site. One of the greatest benefits of modular construction is that the site preparation and building construction can begin at the same time. This is not an option that you get with conventional construction methods, where the site must be mostly prepared before construction can even begin. With modular construction, while modules are being built in the factory, site-work such as laying the foundation and prepping utility connections can be completed in tandem. This significantly reduces the amount of time needed to complete construction of the modular building. In fact, modular buildings are often completed up to 50% faster than buildings constructed with conventional methods.

Step 4: Transport modules. Modules are transported to the site once they have reached a certain stage in the construction process. This transportation usually occurs on the back of a low-loader. The modules are created with the transportation and installation process in mind to make it as efficient as possible.

Step 5: Installation and completion. Once the modules are on-site they are then craned into their positions on the foundation and fastened together. The final stage in construction includes the completion of exterior systems such as cladding and roofing components. The interior is also finished to high specifications, including areas such as lobbies, stairwells, and elevator shafts. Due to the high standards of construction, installation and completion, occupants of the building will not be able to tell how the structure was built.

In addition to quality construction and faster completion, there are many other significant benefits of choosing modular construction. Click here to learn about those benefits and why you should choose modular construction for your next build.

Building in today’s market can be costly, explore a more effective solution with Avon Modular. There are a growing number of construction companies turning to Avon Modular for the flexibility, ease and cost-effectiveness that is offered. The Avon Modular team strives to treat each project as if it were its own, while providing the finest personal service and quality product that would make any owner or company proud.

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