Apr 29, 2013

Can a Modular Building Be Two Stories Tall?

Ever wondered about a two stories tall modular building?


by Matt Banes

Ever wonder if you can buy or rent a two story modular building or school? The answer is yes and several suppliers of modular buildings specialize in manufacturing, delivering and installing these specialized structures for businesses, medical facilities, schools and universities.

The concept of two and three story modular construction has been around for decades and the benefits are the same as single story modular building - time and money savings with design flexibility. Multistory modular structures are designed by architects and engineers to meet the specific needs of the building occupants and to adhere to the same stringent building codes any conventionally built structure would be required to meet.

The process is fairly simple. Site preparation and the modular building manufacturing take place concurrently. Once the project site is ready each section of the building's first floor is delivered and set in place followed by the second and/or third story sections. A crane and experienced installation crew are used to install and close up the top floor sections and insure solid connectivity. If an elevator, decking and stairways are required this work will be completed during installation in the most time effective way possible.

Once the structure is "stacked" and sealed the utilities are connected and the finish work can be completed to whatever look and feel the owner has specified. After the electrical, plumbing and ventilation systems have been tested and fine tuned the final step for occupancy is furnishing.

Watch this video for a very simple example of a two story modular building being installed by Maryland based Modular Genius.