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Advantages of Modular Construction:
Benefits of Modular Construction Methods and Systems

  The advantages of modern modular construction methods and systems versus conventional construction methods and systems can deliver lower construction cost, abbreviated construction scheduling, and higher quality assurance to all construction projects.

  Off-site fabrication and finishing of modular systems and components will directly decrease onsite construction labor, insurance cost, management cost and the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the construction and surrounding environment.

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Clean Build Construction:
 
   Off-site prefabrication and pre-finishing of components mitigates a large percentage of on site cutting, fabricating and finishing resulting in less noise, particulate and volatile organic compounds(VOC) release during on- site construction. Critical areas can be renovated with minimal disruption to existing areas, staff or services. 


 

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Quicker Construction Scheduling:
 
   Off-site prefabrication and pre-finishing can run concurrent with architectural design, engineering, plans review, and on-site preparations, allowing for substantial time compression in the overall project scheduling and final  completion date. Depending on the volume of modular construction to conventional construction activities on-site labor savings can be as high as 40%. 



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Lower Construction Cost:

 
   The relocation of high cost skilled construction labor, from on site fabrication and finishing to a controlled manufacturing environment, will always result in less cost, less waste, and less job site congestion. The job activities relocated off-site are typically highly skilled labor that is able to be replaced with lower skill lest costly labor. . Less job site congestions results in other trades being able to complete their task more quickly.



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Less Disturbances to Adjacent Areas: 

  Fabrication and finishing of components off-site means less on site activity resulting in disturbance to adjacent areas, staff, patients, or public. Noise, odor, and particulate is left at the manufacturing facility. Construction delays due to activity in adjacent areas that cannot tolerate noise or interruptions is minimized by clean build construction methods and modular components.   



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Higher Quality Controls and Assurance:  

  Modern modular component manufactures employ lasers and computer controlled measuring devices to maintain high quality control of assembly tolerances while finish thickness and textures are applied more evenly than can be replicated with on-site construction practices. This results in value added benefits from higher impact resistance and lower overall  maintenance cost in the future.   



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Less Material Waste:  

  Raw materials in a modular manufacturing environment are utilized with a greater degree of utility than can be replicated with on-site fabrication. Less waste results in less cost, environmental impact, and job site dust, debris and removal or control. The cost of controlling of dust and violate organic compounds(VOC) can be minimized by removal from the on-site construction activities. 



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Fewer Construction Delays: 

  Weather can delay the typical construction process be it outside or interior finishing due to application guidelines for many high quality finish processes and coatings. Prefinished components are already dried and cured to weather resistant tolerances and are not dependent on climatic conditions for final installation. Interior modular wall systems can be installed in colder climates without the requirement of heating the construction site for the proper curing of wall compounds and on-site painted surfaces 



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Built to Code with Quality Materials:

  Many modular components are inspected at the factory by local state inspectors to qualify for state insignias. Not only does this assure code compliant construction but adds an inspection level to the final quality assurance of the project. Minor components without factory inspections are certified by third part testing laboratories such as Underwriters Laboratories(UL) or Factory Mutual(FM).   



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Consistent Manufactured Fit and Finishes:

  Modular components dimensioned and finished in quality controlled manufacturing environments cannot be reproduced with consistent quality utilizing on-site construction processes. Coating thicknesses, dimensional tolerances, and overall finished quality will always be higher with manufactured components. Expansion or contraction of joints and finishes due to on-site humidity fluctuations are minimized with prefinished materials.  
    


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Higher Impact and Abrasion Resistance:

  Factory applied coatings, along with protective clear coat layers, will stand up to impact and abrasions from carts or furniture longer than on-site applied painted surfaces. Tougher finishes with higher tolerances to scratches and abrasions translate into less maintenance and new paintings per lifecycle of the system. Harder finish surfaces such as high pressure laminates, corian, and metals have higher tolerances to commercial grade cleaning solvents.  



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Tax Advantages of Modular Construction:

    The current tax laws allow very favorable depreciation on modular components not permanently affixed . These products qualify for a 7-year depreciation period while conventional construction is depreciated over 39 years. Conventional construction, by its nature, becomes a permanent structural addition to a building, and thus it is classified as “real property” with the longer 39-year depreciable life.


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