Have you ever wondered where the term “modular” comes from? Why are modular buildings called “modular” buildings?

Modularity is a broad term that applies to a certain system wherein a combination of universal parts is put together to make a whole. These individual parts are generally self-contained, isolated units that can be rearranged into various configurations to carry out a variety of functions.

Modularity as a concept can be seen in but not limited to: technology, art, music, biology, and of course, manufacturing and building.

In technology, certain aspects of computers and software can be seen to be modular. Computers contain chips, microprocessors, power supplies, and various other components that can be configured in a variety of casings to create different types of computer systems to carry out different roles. Operating systems like Windows support a huge variety of programs that can be integrated in the operating system but stand on their own as a functioning program, like Word or a computer game.

There are forms of art that can be rearranged to create new artistic expressions. Digital art especially can be manipulated by a variety of users and rearranged to create new statements.

In Jazz, musicians are considered modular entities that stand on their own as individuals, yet combine to form a unique sound. These musicians can combine in whatever arrangement they feel and create different sounds.

In biology, certain organisms, especially plant life, consist of various components that can be combined in a variety of configurations: a tree can consist of branches, twigs, and leaves that can be arranged in whatever configuration the tree happens to grow in.

In manufacturing, modern assault rifles and other weapons systems are usually modular in nature. These weapons can be broken down and reassembled with various riflings, receivers, and bodies to accommodate different ammunition types and combat roles.

In construction our own modular buildings consist of individual parts that can be put together and organized to suit a variety of applications. People often marvel at how many different types of products we sell: clean rooms, offices, media rooms, partitions, press boxes, machine enclosures, guard houses, restrooms and more. But really, all of these products are variations born out of a configuration of universal wall and rail systems, with different function-specific furnishings such as HVAC systems, faucets, and TVs. 

A modular system is generally a sign of maturation in the specific discipline it is used in. In manufacturing and technology, it is the result of the efforts on the part of a creator to build a product with more ease of use, versatility, and lower cost. A modular system has the benefits of being more affordable and flexible than its fixed-structure counterparts.

That is why we are so proud of our modular buildings!