A: Modular building is an innovative concurrent or accelerated construction process whereas a structure is divided into sections and manufactured in a factory-controlled environment, while the building's site is simultaneously being prepared. Time savings are realized because so much of the structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire safety, and interior finishes for each module are completed prior to shipping, assembly and connection onsite. Each module is constructed to exceed applicable building codes using conventional materials to meet your specifications.
A: Modular construction offers numerous benefits to architects and building owners. The speed with which a building is completed is the chief benefit to modular construction. Because site preparation and fabrication of building modules occur simultaneously, the facility is occupied sooner than with stick-built construction (30 percent to 50 percent faster than with conventional construction).
Also, since the module components are manufactured off-site in a factory-controlled environment, modular units are inherently "greener" than similar site-built structures. The modular construction process not only minimizes air and noise pollutions but also material waste and destruction of habitat surrounding the construction site.
Many modular structures have been recognized for their design excellence. Permanent modular buildings can be built as single-story buildings or multi-story structures suited to the client's needs.
In addition, the modular construction process enhances quality and simplifies logistics on the job site, including scheduling, coordinating trades, and construction sequences. The fact that your modular consultant acts as a general contractor alleviates problems associated with labor shortages on job sites. Because many of the structural components are built in a factory, modules are protected from adverse weather conditions. Fabrication of modules can achieve tighter manufacturing specifications, another factor contributing to both quality and production speed.
Finally, flexibility is maximized because a modular building can be relocated - an advantage conventional construction does not offer.
A: Yes. Modular buildings meet and often exceed the same building and fire safety codes as traditionally constructed buildings. In fact, modules are built to withstand transportation from the factory to the site and have been found to meet the requirements for hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes with little or no additional reinforcement.
A: No. Quicker time to occupancy means greater productivity, income generation and improved cash flow for the end-user.
A: No. Modular buildings are flexible and easily reconfigured to virtually "future-proof" facility investments. And modular builders have access to the same materials used in traditional construction.
A: An exact cost cannot be offered without a thorough evaluation of the scope of the project. Many variables contribute to the cost of a modular building, including material choices, building codes, installation type, and construction services.
A: No, but there are module dimensional constraints that have to be understood and respected to ensure safe over-the-road transportation to the project site.
A: Modular buildings can be built and ready for occupancy weeks or even months ahead of the time required for traditional construction. A 30% to 50% time savings over conventional construction methods is typical and is accomplished by simultaneously preparing the project site and constructing the building's modules.
Concurrent construction provides faster occupancy, faster revenue generation, and the avoidance or reduction of expenses associated with conventional building approaches.
A: Yes. What's possible regarding customization, materials and details, at the factory or onsite, is limited only by the owner's constraints and architect's creativity.
A: Yes. We can serve as your general contractor to oversee all onsite installation processes, logistics and field construction.
A: Yes. If you prefer, we can provide a full turn-key project complete with the necessary workforce. Our skilled craftsmen comply with all applicable codes and can provide turnkey services.
A: In addition to the inherent savings realized due to the accelerated construction process, there are many financing options unique to modular buildings. In certain situations, special provincial and federal tax provisions work to the developer's financial advantage. Shorter construction timelines also reduce the financing period as well as supervision costs.
A: All products carry a manufacturer's warranty.
A: Non-combustible construction and sprinkler systems are available.
A: For your convenience, Williams Scotsman of Canada, Inc. is the single source for all the options that complete your space, giving you immediate occupancy to your unit. We offer a wide range of equipment options to meet your needs, including:
A: Williams Scotsman of Canada, Inc. works side-by-side with you in designing and planning your structure early. We act as your general contractor throughout the entire planning process to assure complete understanding of the building's end use. With that knowledge coupled with our long-standing industry expertise, we are able to meet your requirements for custom features as well as recommend others we believe are a good fit for the project.
A: Our modular buildings meet or exceed all applicable Canadian and American Building Codes & Standards, and they comply with Part 10 of Division B of the Alberta Building Code.
A: Modular buildings use the same high-quality materials used in conventionally constructed structures.
A: Mould is a concern for any building construction method. Whether it is stick-built or prefabricated, efficient quality control processes and building materials must be incorporated to reduce the risk of leaks, excess moisture, or mould resulting from poor building construction. Our modular buildings use the same quality building materials as traditional construction. Also, thorough process inspections are conducted during each stage of the building fabrication to ensure superior workmanship and high quality modular construction; thereby significantly reducing the probability of leaks or mould occurring after the building is completed.
A: In custom modular buildings, the energy efficiency is controlled by the same factors that control all building environments. These include design components such as the building's insulation quality, glazing components (windows) and HVAC system performance. As with any structure, a custom modular building can be designed and built to any energy efficiency specification desired. This includes meeting the requirements of energy efficiency levels for certification by the U.S. Green Council's LEED-certified buildings.
A: There is no difference. "Modular buildings," "prefabricated buildings," and "pre-engineered structures" are all terms for buildings manufactured off-site in a factory-controlled environment that are then installed onsite once the site work is complete.
A: Over the past few decades, there have been great advancements in modular building techniques. Because today's designers have the flexibility to use the most modern and highest quality materials, they do not have to compromise aesthetics for cost or time efficiencies. Gone are the days when modular buildings were boring, boxy structures with little aesthetic appeal.
Many modular structures have been recognized for their design excellence, as architects and designers often work closely with modular consultants and manufacturers to ensure optimal design outcomes. Permanent modular buildings can be built as single one-story buildings or multi-story structures suited to the client's needs.
Regardless of application, the design can be tailored to your specific needs. The new or renovated structure can be designed to correspond with the surrounding environment and neighboring buildings. Exterior architectural finishes, such as brick, stucco and exposed aggregate architectural panels, can complement those of existing buildings. For the internal space, interior designers and architects collaborate with the client to develop the architectural touches, interior finishes and workflow environments aligned to each application.
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