Modular Buildings

Modular buildings are a broad class of prefabricated buildings that have become increasingly popular in recent years. They serve as an economical and effective solution for those seeking permanent, long-term, or temporary facilities, such as military barracks, booths, disaster relief housing, temporary medical treatment facilities, schools, libraries, universities, gyms, storage buildings, construction site offices, modular offices, and churches.

Modular buildings are made up of movable sections or modules and other factory-made components. Unlike traditionally constructed buildings, modular buildings, also known as prefab buildings, prefabricated buildings, portable buildings, and pre-engineered buildings, can move from concept to constructed in a matter of weeks.

Building modules are constructed off-site, then delivered via flatbed trucks, as prefab buildings that are either partially or fully assembled. Prefabricated sections can be lifted with a crane and placed on the building’s foundation and assembled that way. Modules may be stacked, placed end-to-end or placed side-by-side, allowing for great layout diversity.

In addition, even if they arrive in a certain stock arrangement or design, they can be rearranged or relocated at will. They can exist as complete buildings of their own, or they can function as partitions or add-ons of existing permanent structures. The latter is frequently the case in manufacturing facilities and industrial warehouses.

Though modular buildings are quickly assembled and often portable, they can still have most things that one would expect in a traditional building, like windows, electrical wiring, plumbing, HVAC systems, floor trusses, interior finishes, and various types of lighting. In addition, prefab buildings can be embellished with decorative elements, paint, trim, and the like. Read More…

Leading Manufacturers

Abtech, Inc.

Santa Ana, CA | 800-394-7699

Par-Kut International, Inc.

Harrison Township, MI | 586-468-2947

Mecart, Inc.

Osage, IA | 866-463-2278

The material or materials with which a modular building is constructed depend almost entirely upon the environment in which it will reside. Any given climate or interior environment may present any number of challenges, such as the threat of corrosion, oxidation and general deterioration. To combat storms and corrosion, many manufacturers create buildings using steel or stainless steel, which is both strong and corrosion resistant.

For both corrosion resistance and oxidation resistance, manufacturers should seek out aluminum materials, which are not only good for the former requirements, but also offer light weight, flexibility, durability, great temperature resistance, and electrical conductivity. Other material possibilities include lumber, polyvinyl, or another strong metal, all which may be treated with finishes.

Modular buildings are highly regular in design because they are constructed with the help of manufacturing control systems, advanced CAD systems, and 3D printing machines. In addition, their design is regulated by methodologies such as Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA), which is a software tool that ensures that assembly tolerances are uniform and controlled during both manufacturing and assembly.

The streamlined methods employed by modular building manufacturers offer many advantages to the consumer. These include increased speeds of construction and assembly, reduced waste, cost reductions and faster investment returns, flexibility of design, changeability, and portability.

In addition, because modular buildings are made in strictly controlled environments, not only can customers count on quality, but manufacturers are often able to offer firm time guarantees. With so many standard and stock pieces and designs, manufacturers can count on fewer instances of labor shortage, supply shortages, and overall delays.

Before putting in an order for a modular building, potential customers need to take a few steps that will ensure a smooth process for them. First, they must investigate zoning restrictions, construction permits, construction standards, and the like. Usually, cities use state or local codes to regulate the construction of buildings in the area. Similarly, they must know any industry standards by which they must abide.

In addition, interested parties should discuss their requirements with their manufacturer. Discussions should center around topics like what materials they should use, whether or not their modular building requires a foundational structure and, if so, what weight it will need to support, what kind of weather the building may encounter, to what extent they will fortify the building against harsh conditions and inclement weather, and what type of wiring the building may need.

Note that some modular buildings may be secured to the ground via the joined strengths of cables or straps and split bolts or turnbuckles. They may also be built with an all-bolted steel floor. These are just a few of the options available to prefab customers. For a more complete picture, interested parties should reach out to a manufacturer today.

Modular Building Informational Video