Due to the constant presence of construction, many people fail to realize that there are alternatives to the traditional methods of on-site construction. These alternatives are easier, while also leading to safer and more secure buildings, as well as more efficient building practices.
What are modular structures?
At the most basic level, modular structures are buildings – like schools, hospitals, and retail spaces – that are constructed off-site in carefully supervised and maintained environments. Structures are assembled indoors, by a construction team carefully handling tools and equipment delivered under safely controlled conditions that prevent unnecessary wear-and-tear.
Once each structural component is assembled, a modular building is delivered to the desired location either in easy-to-assemble parts, or in a completed state. Most importantly, modular buildings always comply with local building codes.
Benefits of modular structures
Because of the construction process, modular structures produce less environmental waste, take less time to build, are often safer than their off-site built counterparts, and are more environmentally sustainable.
- On-site construction is more time-consuming, as the effects of weather and environment greatly affect the speed of the build.
- On-site construction increases the production of environmental waste, as even the best planning teams cannot perfectly account for all environmental conditions.
- On-site construction can also be difficult to accomplish, or unreasonable to accomplish, in both remote and heavily populated areas.
- Off-site construction is often costlier, as a direct result of the increased time required to completely assemble a building.
Much of the benefits of modular structures come into effect when building larger constructions, like schools and hospitals. In these cases, modular structures can be built as extensions of an on-site construction plan, since modular structures can be put together like incredibly secure building blocks in a variety of arrangements; they can be stacked and arranged side-by-side, all to the specifications and needs of the client.
Modular structures built by Northgate Industries Ltd.
Northgate Industries Ltd. has been a leading manufacturer, transporter, and developer of modular structures globally since 1976. Contact us, or visit www.northgateindustries.com to get started on a modular structure project. We offer new and used turn-key solution modular buildings for our clients, while also accommodating the individual needs of our client’s workforce by building custom modular units for their industries.