One of the defining elements of development projects is its architecture. It doesn't matter whether a school has ivy-covered brick buildings or modern steel and glass apartment structure, the character is shaped, in large part, by its buildings and the atmosphere they create. It is essential for any building to provide sufficient housing to meet its needs, but it's just as important for that building to be attractive, comfortable and functional. Meeting that standard isn't always easy.
Often, the most significant barrier to developing new housing is cost. Many projects are struggling to make ends meet, and the idea of raising additional funds for new projects is daunting. A second challenge is timing. No GC or planner wants the community to be disrupted by construction during the year. But it's unrealistic to try to confine housing projects.
Long-term construction can undermine a the goal of providing a comfortable and attractive experience. Construction sites can pose safety risks and staff who have to pass by heavy equipment and other construction elements on their way around. And safety is even more of a concern during weekends, be less aware of potential hazards.
One potential solution to these challenges that is generally overlook is modular housing.
Modular Building Systems have been around for more than a century. With modular, individual modules are built off-site in a factory to the specifications of developers, GC and planners or architects. When complete, the newly constructed residences are transported to site and put in place.
The two primary advantages to this approach are cost and completion time. If properly designed and constructed, modular construction can be developed for less then to equal of the cost of traditional construction and still meet the highest quality standards. Because the modular sections for the Apartment project or Hotel, Student housing or Senior housing are constructed off-site , the majority of the development process has no physical impact on the job. Once the completed product is transported to the site, the setup can be completed in a matter of weeks.