The construction industry is infamous for its struggle with productivity. However, today’s industry looks dramatically different from the way it did 20 years ago when smart gadgets, digital records, and construction management software were nonexistent. Some may even view prefabrication as innovative, but offsite construction is technically not a new concept. In fact, prefabrication (or modular building) is regaining popularity in the commercial construction industry.
An Overview of Prefabrication
With modular building, components of a building are assembled off-site and then transported to the main jobsite for installation. Both construction modeling software and manufacturing technology have contributed to the improved quality of building components and the ease of installation. Prefabrication has proven to be more efficient and cost effective, leading to greater productivity on projects. In this short article, our Brandon construction attorneys will share some of the benefits of prefabrication.
Mitigate Worker Shortages
Despite the industry’s labor shortage challenges, projects must go on and deadlines need to be met. Prefabrication can help companies stay on schedule and even speed up project timelines. Since contractors are having a difficult time finding labor, prefabrication allows you to make the most of the labor you do have so you can still keep projects moving along.
More Cost and Time Savings
Cost and time savings are another advantage of prefabrication. Modular buildings are typically cheaper, easier, and faster to put together as compared to conventional building methods. Companies can sidestep the risk of unreliable contractors and bad weather, which often postpone construction. When it would take several days to complete plumbing because of extremely cold weather conditions, prefabrication allows for the work to be completed out of sequence and even ahead of schedule, if necessary. Prefabrication is especially ideal if your project team needs to meet aggressive project completion deadlines.
Better Quality Control
Prefabrication takes place in a controlled environment and calls for more inspection prior to installation. Therefore, quality control checks are conducted regularly to ensure that every prefabricated item meets quality standards. This prevents the installation of poorly constructed or damaged units. Prefabrication allows the team to resolve construction issues and acquire approvals before installation begins.
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