Good news for the commercial construction segment of the construction industry. Offsite construction is being touted as a viable alternative or supplement to traditional building. As Jacksonville construction attorneys we understand that change takes time, but we know that offsite construction will benefit the construction industry in more ways than one. This article will provide an overview of the building method that is growing in popularity.
What is Offsite Construction
Offsite construction is also referred to as modular or prefabricated construction. With offsite construction, components of a building are built in a factory and then transferred to the jobsite for assembling. According to the Construction Offsite Expo, Prefabrication, Component, Modular, Panelized, and Volumetric all fall under the definition of offsite construction.
When is Offsite Construction Best?
With green building on the rise and the increasing problem of labor shortages, construction professionals need more economical ways to build quality structures faster and more efficiently. Offsite construction simply improves productivity. Offsite construction is best for projects when the following factors are present:
- The need to meet tight deadlines
- Weather issues that may delay progress
- Safety concerns (i.e., extreme heat, cold, or from high heights)
- Repetitive interior structures
- Space limitations
- Theft and vandalism risks
When to Combine Offsite and Onsite Construction
A combination of both onsite and offsite construction works best for larger, multi-story projects. Ideal projects for offsite construction include classrooms, dormitories, and offices. Simultaneously, areas such as lobbies, stairways, and elevators can be built onsite. For the best outcome, these two methods should be discussed and ironed out in the design phase of the project operation. This will greatly increase success in the areas of logistics, scheduling, savings, and the environment.
Proponents of offsite construction believe this new method will yield desirable results for the construction industry. As a result, construction workers will be able to complete work efficiently and simultaneously, but first, they must reach construction company decision makers. To learn about benefits and some drawbacks of offsite construction, read “Offsite Construction: The Benefits and the Challenges.”
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.