Is Offsite Construction the Answer to the Labor Shortage in 2018? Part 3
In this three-part article series, our Orlando construction lawyers have delved into the world of offsite construction because it is projected that the method will be used more this year. In part one and part two of our article we talked about efficiency on jobsites, renewed interest in offsite construction, and why the method should be explored further because of the potential promising impacts on the industry’s labor shortage. In this final section, we will dispel some myths and talk about that factors that are driving increased offsite construction use.
Offsite construction has rapidly improved and produces higher quality buildings with greater efficiency. When compared with traditional construction methods, it has been shown that it is more affordable and projects can be completed much faster. An increased use of offsite construction is believed to reduce the need for more workers, absorbing labor requirements by over 50 percent. Still, there are those who resist and are hesitant to adjust to the changing trends. In order to embrace this method, let’s dispel a few misconceptions:
- The finished product is not structurally sound: Contrary to what many believe, offsite construction is designed and built to meet rigorous quality control and applicable building codes.
- The finished product is cheap: Offsite construction saves time and money but it is also built with the highest level of performance and quality.
- The finished product is unattractive: Depending on the budget and specifications for a design, today’s offsite buildings are highly functional and can be created to suit the design preferences of the owner.
Factors That Drive Offsite Construction
The rise of offsite construction is driven by a number of factors including the need to complete projects faster, the need to fill the skills gap, and the need for safer and more sustainable construction. Today’s productivity deficit fuels the need for offsite construction and increased collaboration between offsite fabricators and general contractors. The good news is that general contractors do not have to choose one over the other because both traditional and offsite building methods can be combined on a project to account for a limited supply of skilled labor and improve project scheduling.
Deciding If Offsite Construction is Right for Your Project
Innovations in technology are continuously shaping the construction industry. Moving in the direction of innovation is a smart choice. Those who position themselves to stay on the cutting edge will see these advancements expedite their processes, bring greater consistency in their final products, and alleviate some of the difficulties brought on by the labor shortage.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.