13. September 2010 09:31
Every architect and developer knows that the design process is quite possibly the most crucial part in the construction process of any new building. Before too much time, money and energy are all invested in a new project; items including the building site, design, budget and building materials are all taken into consideration. The building method is something that architects and developers also need to consider before beginning a new project. Deciding to build using either conventional or modular construction methods will affect the design and overall build process for any project. If the modular construction method is even being considered for a project, there are three things that architects and developers should know before they begin the design process.
- Collaborate – consult with a modular manufacturer as preliminary drawings are being completed by the architect. At this point in the design process, key design issues can be ironed out before a building’s design is set in stone. DeLuxe Building Systems works with developers and architects to value engineer projects, as well as pre-engineer projects to meet LEED® standards if necessary.
- Coordinate—be certain that your modular manufacturer will work with you and your design team to develop a project schedule as well as a project scope and specifications, to insure that your project is well planned and goes smoothly from start to finish. At DeLuxe, we bring a fully qualified team to the table to manage and coordinate your project.
- Accelerate—once begun, the modular construction process moves quickly and efficiently. Your building will likely be completed in less than half the time compared to conventional construction methods. Zoning/legal approvals, as well as any site preparation such as laying the building’s foundation should be completed at the same time that the building is under construction off-site. This parallel construction method means an accelerated time to building occupancy, and increased first year revenue for the building’s owners.
In order for architects and developers to make the most of the modular construction method and recognize the multiple benefits of modular, knowledge of these three essential items will help to make your project successful. Additionally, whatever modular manufacturer you choose to work with, be sure that they are adequately prepared and staffed to handle your project from start to finish.