Mar 30, 2013

Prefabrication and Modularization Report

A report about the role of Prefabrication and Modularization 

Here are highlights from a very informative report about modular building construction put together by the folks at McGraw Hill Construction. You can read the report online or download it from the link.

The new SmartMarket Report, Prefabrication and Modularization: Increasing Productivity in the Construction Industry, provides insight into the role that prefabrication/modularization can have on improving productivity in construction—including impacts on project schedule, costs, safety, quality and waste reduction. Though techniques that have been around for decades, prefabrication/modularization are seeing a renaissance as technologies, such as BIM, have enabled better integration of prefabricated/modular components; as changes in design such as the emergence of green have made certain advantages of prefabrication/modularization more important; and as innovative offsite techniques have emerged. With more detail in the report, the study found the following key benefits of prefabrication/modularization:
  • 66% report that project schedules are decreased—35% by four weeks or more.
  • 65% report that project budgets are decreased—41% by 6% or more.
  • 77% report that construction site waste is decreased—44% by 5% or more.

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Mar 21, 2013

Used Modular Classroom in Alabama

Used modular classroom - Alabama
Advice for renting or buying a
modular building classroom  in Alabama

Interested in Modular Building Classroom in Alabama?

Alabama has several modular building classroom suppliers throughout the state and many of them have used portables to sell or rent at affordable rates. The trick to finding the best deal isn't just asking for the lowest price. Here are some tips that have helped public and private schools and churches in Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery and surrounding towns get the exact space they need installed and ready for class quickly and cost effectively:

1. Always know how many students and teachers you need to accommodate first. This number will help the supplier figure out some different size options and compare those to what used classrooms they have available for your need. Consider space, comfort, furniture and if you need bathrooms, offices or a kitchen.

2. Choose the site for the modular wisely. If you have available property that is free and clear of other structures this is a fairly easy decision. If not, plan on placing the modular in the space that has the fewest obstacles for the modules to be delivered and installed within. Also - try to stay as close as possible to existing utilities, parking, bathrooms, pathways, etc. Site selection can save or cost you money - think about all aspects of your school operation and make smart, cost effective decisions.

3. Permits. Make sure you know exactly what your local building and safety department will want from you in order to issue a permit. Know where you want to place the modular, where the utilities are going to be connected from, how students will access the classroom and how long you will be using the classroom or if it will be a permanent facility for your school operations.

4. Rent or Buy? Both of the options are viable but it never hurts to explore which one makes the most financial sense in the long run. Modular classroom suppliers and banks offer financing or you can negotiate a fair sales price. Be sure to get three proposals that include delivery, installation, utility connections, handicap ramp and stairs - and any other extras. One last thing - always ask the suppliers to visit your site first - this will help you avoid any hidden charges or surprises when the delivery truck arrive.

Hope this helps....if me (Matt Banes) at (714) 442-2757 ext 108 for some's free.

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