Both in the U.S. and abroad, modular construction is increasingly becoming the design and building method of choice. As misconceptions about durability and value are put to rest, more companies big and small are choosing off-site production for their next projects. This includes some of the biggest name brands in the world!
Time is money when it comes to any construction project, but so are materials waste and unnecessary labor costs. Organizations are finding that pre-engineered construction offers faster delivery times at significant cost savings, prompting them to choose this method over traditional construction. While you don’t have to be a multi-million dollar business to use prefab building, here are three big brands that are using pre-engineered construction to expand their operations.
In 2017, Marriott opened its first modular built hotel, a Fairfield Inn and Suites with 97 rooms. Guest rooms and bathrooms were pre-fabricated off-site, and each portion consisted of two complete guest rooms and the corresponding corridor.
A four-story hotel property built with traditional construction methods can take up to 14 months for completion. pre-engineered construction can trim down this completion time to an average of eight to ten months. Similar methods used by Marriott can be employed for projects meant for barracks, dormitories, inpatient healthcare facilities, and correctional housing.
As far back as 2015, Google announced that it was going to build a new headquarters using pre-engineered construction. The unique design will include interior walls that are removable to change the shape and size of the workspace. There will also be a tent-shaped metal and glass structure to allow air and light across the campus.
Google continues to work through issues related to the land they want to build on, but they have also announced plans for an additional pre-engineered project. The company is going to devote $30 million to build pre-engineered affordable housing options for its employees in the pricey Silicon Valley housing market.
Office buildings are historically known as being inefficient with energy use. Many companies, like Google, are taking steps to combat this by including energy efficient elements in their new pre-engineered buildings. Some of the options that you can incorporate into a pre-engineered building project include:
CFL lighting – uses about 25% of the energy of incandescent bulbs
Energy efficient windows – Minimize solar heat in summer and maximize it in the winter
High-efficiency HVAC and programmable thermostats – save on cooling and heating costs
Motion sensor switches – turn off lights and other devices when not being used
Roofing color smart options – some roof colors better reflect heat, and others better absorb it to help snow melt faster
Fast food chain McDonald’s has decided to expand its brand by using pre-engineered construction. In England, the company is building new franchises with prefabrication, and the resulting buildings look no different than those of their traditionally built counterparts. The pre-engineered ones, however, are ready to open in just four weeks!
As you might guess, McDonald’s has some rigorous quality standards. Each module is constructed offsite under strict factory controlled conditions. It is then transported and installed on a pre-prepared foundation. This is a process that not only lessens the time for construction, but it also reduces costs and environmental impact.
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