What is Modular Construction?
Buildings architecturally designed to be built in modules are highly adaptable in both form and function. The design can be as simple or as elaborate as a client requires – from single family homes and cottages to high rise apartment buildings and hospitals. For example, in 2011, the US Army Corp of Engineers decided to use modular construction methods to build the Fort Sam Houston Medical Education and Training Complex Barracks in San Antonio, Texas. The project consisted of 1,705 modules – or 1.6 million square feet. There were five buildings in total, 4 storeys high, each comprised of 341 modules and each building was completed in about eight weeks. (source: McGraw Hill’s 2011 Report on Prefabrication and Modularization)
Let’s take a look at modular homes. Our homes are factory build in Alberta and British Columbia with increased construction efficiencies that allow us to streamline the building process while limiting our carbon footprint. Modular construction allows us to build and deliver homes in as little as three months – a fraction of what our stick-built counterparts can construct.