There has been much talk of late about recent studies revealing that while most industries have seen impressive increases in efficiency and productivity in the last few years, the architecture-engineering-construction (AEC) industry has somewhat lagged behind. Experts agree that this is mainly due to architects, contractors and subcontractors working in silos. They also agree that the healthcare sector has suffered most from this lack of progress due to the complexity of medical facility buildings and their very specific requirements, such as NHS compliance. Modular buildings are fabricated under controlled plant conditions, using the same robust materials as more traditional construction projects. This, combined with the rigorous adherence to building codes and standards makes offsite construction as, if not more, safe as conventionally-built facilities.
Improving collaboration to lower costs
By definition, modular building requires close collaboration between architects, contractors and subcontractors early in the building process. By eliminating silos and fostering a greater sense of teamwork, the modular building process results in better upstream decision-making, which helps keep projects on time and on budget.