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Tips for a Successful Modular Building Project

By April 11, 2012August 5th, 2015Uncategorized

When companies decide they are going to build they have different options.  If you choose to use modular construction here are a few things you need to consider for a successful modular building project.palomar modular building blog

Step 1:  Identify and understand your need.

  • What size building do you need?
  • What is your budget?
  • Where are you going to put the building?
  • When do you need the building?
  • Who will use the building?
  • Are there any special requirements for the building?

Step 2:  Locate property with enough space to add a stand-alone structure.

  • Adding to an existing structure is possible, but will take additional coordination.
  • Ensure the modules can fit on the site.

Step 3:  Engage with a Civil Engineering/Architectural Firm to develop a site plan.

  • Provide the site plan to the manufacturer so they can see if there will be any difficulties with the site.
  • Ask questions of the CE/Architect and of the manufacturer!

Step 4:  Understand the full financial picture involved with completing the project.

  • What is your budget?
  • Are you being realistic about the amount of money you can spend for the space you need?  Modular saves money, but it is not free!
  • Understand the quality you require for your space

Step 5:  Secure the financing.

  • This should be #1 on the list – you have to have money to get a building!
  • There are options for financing or leasing the building, but there are still some costs involved (like getting the building to your site)

Step 6:  Discuss your space requirements with a Manufacturer of Modular Buildings.

  • Are there certain rooms that must be next to or near each other?
  • Will restroom facilities be single or multi-use?
  • Do you need sinks in rooms (i.e. classrooms)
  • If the building is multi-story – do you need an elevator?
  • Do you need storage areas?
  • Do you need an entry way or can people walk directly into a hallway or room?
  • How high do you need the ceilings?
  • Are there any special requirements in the building?  (i.e. Does the CEO want a 500 square foot office? Or any rooms that need to stay at a specific temperature?)
  • How will you access the building?  Are decks, steps, and ramps acceptable or are you planning to set the building at grade?

Step 7:  Coordinate conversations between your Manufacturer and your C.E/Architect

  • Make sure everyone is on the same page
  • Keep the conversations moving – do not get your project hung up in design – the manufacturer knows what they can and cannot build

Step 8:  Finalize your order and get the building into production.

  • Ensure you have enough time for the manufacturer to order materials especially if you have any long lead time material requests.

Step 9:  Achieve simultaneous construction; meaning, have your site prepared while your building is constructed.

Step 10:  Install building, tie-in utilities, and complete minor detail work.

  • Understand who is responsible for which piece of the finish out – have a detailed list of responsibilities before delivery of the buildings.

Step 11:  Turn on power, move in and high-five!!

You have just completed your first successful modular building project.

The point of the article is to help you embrace the process of a modular building project, not fear it. Your manufacturer is there every step of the way to help you work through the details to avoid unforeseen costs and unnecessary headaches.