Offsite & modular construction set for stronger foothold


Offsite construction, also called modular or prefabricated build, isn’t new to the industry. However, experts predict the building method will grow towards the end of 2017 with quality, time and labour concerns creating alternatives to traditional construction methods.

Every contractor looks to shorten or condense the construction project schedule mainly for cost savings. Modular construction can allow just that and has the ability to reduce on site schedules. If you’re fabricating a module in a factory, sometimes it’s easier to maintain quality control and what’s more, you don’t have to worry about the weather.

One obstacle holding offsite back from stronger growth has been the industry’s slow-to-evolve nature, but Julian Anderson, president of Rider Levett Bucknall, believes the method is starting to overcome that hurdle.

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