Yet another indication that the construction industry is adopting more modular building methods as a whole: this article talks about a construction company considering modular construction for building high rise housing in New York, due to its many advantages. The article talks about the potential advantages of modern technology when it comes to building high rises in New York, and many of the stated advantages are quite similar to the advantages in commercial modular building that we have talked about before.
The first major advantage the article discusses is cost. One of the industry’s engineers mentioned around 20% in cost savings. The savings can depend on the project, but 20% is a pretty good figure, especially for something like high rises in New York. And these cost savings can be found across the board: modular construction saves on costs when it comes to any application.
Mentioned in the article, having most of the construction take place in the factory allows the company to allow for weather, control materials being used in the process and reduce waste, and lower labor costs, increasing efficiency. With these lower costs, more high rise projects become more affordable and lower cost housing can be made more available as well, a definite must considering the continuing weak state of the economy.
Many in the industry are keeping their eyes on whether modular high rise developments are successful, and if they are successful (we would bet they will be) expect many in the industry to adopt those methods. The article mentions that a college dorm that was 25-stories was built out of 805 modules in just 27 weeks, and the building is holding up well to winds, which was one of the initial engineering challenges for modular high rises.
So engineers everywhere are implementing modular designs in every facet of construction, solving unique structural challenges pertaining to each project and increasing efficiency, quality, and associated costs in doing so. Expect these trends to continue on in the next couple of years.