Modular Design Builder Selection:
Do it Right The First Time
With the popularity of modular construction systems and methods as a
viable value engineering system for construction cost reduction the final
supply chain to the end user may flow through many channels. Selection of
the competent design build firm or architect should be the first concern of
the end user when selecting modular systems for their facility.
The installation of many modular systems or components
may seem like a plug and play scenario but there are many details that must
be taken into consideration when integrating modular systems or components
for final installation in your facility with regards to life safety and MEPS
Purchase a modular building, modular
office system, cleanroom or other modular components only from a
manufacturer that has a manufacturers representative in your area along with
a local state licensed architect or contractor capable of working thru the
intricacies of code compliance and correct installation or construction
procedures. Assure that the architect or design builder has experience with
your systems or comparable systems by either checking references or a site
visit to a previous project.
Follow all local building
codes and procedures for approval of modular building systems or
components, failure to do so will most certainly cause significant
additional rework if not compliant with your facilities life safety or MEPS
design limits and local codes.
Do it yourselfers
and permit by owner need to thoroughly understand the risk involved in any
form of construction activity whether modular or conventional. Further
information on permit by owner may be obtained at the
site for Chapter 489.103 exemptions
Modular Design Builder Selection:
design methods can vary greatly from conventional design methods depending
on the manufacturer, existing facility conditions, and experience of the
design builder or architect. Selection of the design builder or architect
should always start with a licensure search through your states building
licensure division. Here in Florida you can search the
Florida Department of
Business and Professional Regulation(DBPR)
for correct licensure.
Modular building systems, wall systems, office systems,
cleanroom systems, environmental room systems, cold storage systems and
integrated equipment and utilities systems all differ greatly in structural,
mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and life safety requirements. Builders or
architects experienced in your specific application and systems should be
selected on previous project accomplishments.
is for the above reasons that you should only select a design build firm or
architect that is experienced with the specific modular systems that will be
utilized for modular construction within your facility and has the
qualifying licensures in your home state.
design drawings and specifications need to incorporate detailed drawings and
instructions on integrating all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and life
safety devices into the structural components of the modular systems.
Leaving these decisions to the construction trades workers when encountered
will slow construction and most likely result in inconsistent techniques
utilized throughout the installation of the modular systems.
Many reputable modular systems manufacturers have drawings and details
prepared beforehand and though they may need to be revised to meet local
code compliance most design builders or architects will modify as required
for code compliances.
Modular Systems Selection:
Selection of modular systems and components for integration into your
facility will need to be determined by the existing conditions of your
facility and the code compliance requirements of the area you are upgrading.
Most reputable manufactures can produce documentation by
third party testing laboratories or engineering firms as to the structural
integrity and life safety or fire ratings of the products they are offering
in the modular market. Major testing laboratories such as
also maintain a searchable database of approved products and manufacturers.
Your modular builder should be able to provide you with
documentation from any other certified testing agencies. Other third party
engineering groups must
be licensed in your home state and have a state license number and stamp designating their specific
Modular systems selection should also be
fully validated and approved by your local building departments design
review planners before proceeding with the purchase of any modular systems.
Failure to follow correct compliance procedures can lead to expensive and
Exterior modular building systems and
components meeting the wind load and missile impact test in Florida are
usually listed in a searchable database by
or for manufactured buildings or guard buildings, the
Department of Business and Professional Regulation(DBPR) website for
Quality Engineered Structures, Inc. (CBC-058971),
and its divisions
spends an unusual percentage of its time correcting and reworking illegal
interior and exterior modular construction throughout the state. If
information is required by your company on modular construction systems or
methods please feel free to contact us at your convenience.
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