Construction sites across the world are experiencing tight labor, schedules, and budgets. Some companies are holding fast to more traditional construction methods, but some are wading the innovation waters in search of new answers to their problems. Construction professionals continue to face challenges filling their labor force voids which ultimately has a negative impact on their schedules and budgets. Nevertheless, some contractors are looking to reduce their dependence on finding skilled labor and instead are giving offsite construction a try.
In this three-part article series, our Orlando construction attorneys will continue the discussion about whether or not offsite construction is the solution. In this section, we will talk about the difference between the most commonly used offsite construction terms and why companies are choosing the off-site method. Please read part one and part three to learn more.
Offsite Construction, Prefab, and Modular: The Same or Different?
There are many in the industry that have yet to embrace offsite construction. But to embrace it you must understand it. To some, it is offsite construction, but to others, it is prefab or modular. These terms are often used interchangeably. However, for clarification, offsite construction is the larger umbrella term and the other two fall under this umbrella. Also, there are two types of prefab (modular and panel built) and there are two types of modular (relocatable and permanent).
Why Choose Offsite Construction?
There are many reasons why offsite construction is beneficial for construction projects. Many are choosing offsite construction because of its positive impact on their scheduling. For example, projects that are restricted by a time schedule revenue are perfect for offsite construction. These include schools, dormitories, and retail units. Additionally, repetitive projects are good for offsite construction as well. These may include classroom units, office units, bathroom pods, and high-tech facilities. Projects that require unique forms, that have special sustainability requirements, or require a higher degree of control in the end product are ideal for offsite construction. Using the off-site method is ideal because the quality of work is much easier than with on site construction.
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