Sports Complexes and Modular Buildings

Sports Complexes and Modular Buildings

Sports complexes today are becoming more and more intricate, involving a variety of different structures and buildings.  Depending on the organization the complex is for, the facility can house practice fields, indoor training facilities, concession stands, practices fields, or even full-blown stadiums.  The majority of these buildings being small to medium in size.

Modular construction provides some distinct advantages in this category of buildings and especially in an area like a sports complex.  There are a number of benefits to integrating modular construction into the initial design of the project like meeting tight deadlines, providing a safer job site with less traffic, and less material waste.  However, adding modular buildings after the fact as you need them might provide even bigger benefits.  Typically, these additional, smaller buildings are needed quickly at a sports complex to fill a specific need: security, ticket sales, storage, etc.  And it seems the issue always arises right before the start of a sports season or even right in the middle of it.  Modular buildings can be quickly built in a timeframe faster than stick built, but more importantly, they are installed on site in no time.  That means there’s minimal site downtime and the complex does not have to incur the hazards that come along with a traditional construction.  Additionally, the buildings are designed to be mobile, so if the plans change further down the road, the buildings can be moved to their next desired location.

Here are some of the most popular applications of modular buildings in sports complexes.


Stadium Guard House

Guard Houses

Like many public places, most sports complexes place a large emphasis on security and the safety of their people.  And having guard houses around the entry and exit points is the first step taken to address this issue.  Our guard houses provide the facility with a focal point for their entire security team, including accessories like exterior floodlights, surveillance cameras, and CCTV monitoring stations.

However, let’s say the sports complex has a number of fields spread across a large area and more than one entry/exit.  Then the security team will need to be stationed in different locations around the complex depending on which fields are holding games.

For instances like these, we provide a fully mobile, trailer mounted guard house that can be relocated at a moment’s notice to provide a fully dynamic security team.


Modular Storage Building

Equipment Storage

Perhaps the building that is most often overlooked in a sports complex, equipment storage buildings are a must have and there are typically multiple throughout the facility.  Equipment storage buildings, in this case, will be storing equipment that keeps the complex up and running (groundskeeping) and sports equipment for the teams themselves.  Our prefabricated equipment storage buildings are composed of our same panel systems and can be fully erected on site.

Similar to our security buildings, our storage buildings can be equipped with all the extra amenities that you need like roll-up doors, tall walls, and HVAC systems if needed.  The wall panels themselves can be adapted to fit the equipment being stored including increased R-Values (insulation), STC ratings (noise rating), and even panel finishes.


 

Ticket Booths

Similar to the facility’s guard houses, their ticket booths will also play an important roll in the facility, positioned at its entrance.  In a lot of cases, ticket booths are a good example of a building that is added to a complex after the fact or a need arises for an additional booth to be added after the completion of the complex in order to accommodate higher attendances.

Storage Solution’s prefabricated ticket booths are similar to our guard houses with a couple major tweaks.  We offer a specialty window to better allow for the passage of money and tickets in and out of the building without it being fully open to the outdoors.  Also, these buildings are typically built atop a forkliftable steel base, meaning the building can be moved if needed.  So, if the building needs to be repositioned after moving from softball to baseball system, it can be easily moved and re-anchored.


Press Boxes

Press BoxModular press boxes are typically added on to facilities after the fact but can also be implemented into the initial design of the complex.  For existing sports complexes without a press box, using a modular solution can make a lot of sense for a variety of reasons.  Unlike our previous building examples, putting a press box inside a complex will be a complete construction project in the majority of cases.  However, utilizing a pre-assembled building design and our modular mezzanine system, the structure easily and safety be crane-lifted into place and anchored to the top of the mezzanine.

Even though the modular press boxes are prefabricated, the buildings can still be outfitted with the unique building designs found in traditionally built press boxes.  For example, we often are requested to provide a press box with a deck on top of the building.  For this design, Storage Solutions provides the structure with an interior ladder and latch system on one of the press boxes far walls, a heavy-duty load bearing roof, and hand railing all along the top of the building.  The press box then allows viewing of the game from both its inside and out.


Observation/Film PlatformFilming Platform

Like the top of the press boxes, observation or film platforms are often used at sports complexes to get a bird’s eye view of the field below.  These structures can be used at either practice fields or at the stadiums themselves and will often hold cameramen to get game tape or the coaches themselves.  These observation platforms are very similar to our modular mezzanine systems.  Fabricated in our manufacturing facility, they utilize our bolt-together steel design for easy installation on site.  The platform comes with an IBC stair system and can sit at a deck height of your choosing.

 


As with all of our modular structures, these buildings excel at solving space needs quickly and conveniently as possible.  However, where they do not get enough credit is the overall aesthetics that modular construction can provide as well.  We pride ourselves on being able to offer new, modular buildings that will also seamlessly blend into a facility’s pre-existing architecture.  We offer high-end, incredibly custom designed booths with our welded steel line of products, offering everything from stainless steel buildings to color matched buildings with stone veneer.  Whether you are looking for speed, a specialty design, or both(!), we can produce a building that is right for you.

If you or your company is deciding which type of modular building to use for your project, just give us a call at 865-540-4004. As the modular building experts, we have the product expertise and know-how to provide you with the structure that will best fit your needs (and budget). If you have any additional questions about our wall panels, feel free to talk to us on our LiveChat in the bottom right!

Expanding & Relocating Modular Office Walls

Expanding & Relocating Modular Office Walls

Modular office systems have been used to provide additional office space in manufacturing and warehouse environments for decades now.  However, the semi-permanent nature of our modular office walls can offer benefits to a variety of different work environments.  School systems, retail locations, office buildings, these are all places that could modular walls to create a new office space.  In most of these cases, the walls are used to build out pre-existing areas, walling off corners of the room to create a more private and controlled workspace.

modular office

 

In addition to being easily installed with little site disruption, modular office walls can be expanded, redesigned, or relocated whenever needed.  This can turn into a huge benefit for new companies or companies moving into new spaces.  As a company grows, their space needs change, and our modular office walls can adapt to accommodate these changes.


Expanding & Reconfiguring Modular Office Walls

 

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Growth is always a fantastic and exciting thing for a company, new or otherwise.  However, with this progress comes growing pains.  In this scenario, having a semi-temporary office space allows for incredible flexibility that can prove to be invaluable down the road.

Our walls are composed of a few basic components, the panels themselves, a base track, top channel, and binder posts.  The binder post system is the key component in expanding your modular office.  Binder post allows you to disassemble the wall at a later date, and add more panels to create an overall bigger workspace.  Or rooms can be added on to the size of a modular office.

 

Wall-Panel-Installation

This would allow you to create additional office space while utilizing the pre-existing office to save money on materials and installation.  Typically in the case of a growing facility or company, the need for additional office space can sneak up and create an immediate need for new office space.

Similarly, your modular office wall system can be reconfigured to have a completely different layout.

Let’s say, hypothetically, you’re in an office space where two departments share the same space, like Engineering and Marketing… Hypothetically… Engineering is always up in arms over the commotion that Marketing stirs up, seemingly on a daily basis.  Well, reconfiguring your modular office wall layout to wall-off marketing could be just the solution that saves the entire office.

In this scenario, the company’s space needs were satisfied by reconfiguring their current office layout.  By adding in a couple of extra walls in their pre-existing space, they were able to give each department some additional privacy and keep everyone happy.

Thanks to our standardized panel system, our modular office walls can even be disassembled and put back together in another completely different configuration. Don’t like the location of a window in your wall system? Well, you can have it moved to another part of the wall or just have it taken out completely by adding in a replacement panel.


Relocating Office Space

 

where-to-buy-shipping-office-for-saleSimilar to expanding your modular office walls, the building itself can be disassembled and reassembled in a whole new location. For a manufacturing company, this would allow them to move into a new facility, but keep their manager’s office close to the factory floor.

As opposed to stick-built buildings, a modular building is an investment that you can take with you to another location.  In the case of our pre-assembled buildings, all that is needed is to be picked up, anchored in the next location, and reconnected to electricity, then it is ready to go.  By quickly addressing your space needs in your new facility, you can have the building up and running at its full potential in no time.

In this way, modular office walls act as more of a piece of equipment for a facility (and are taxed as one too).


Overall, using modular office walls to solve your facility’s space needs offers a whole new world of flexibility for your company. Our binder post system allows you to specialize the space in your facility, without committing to the change permanently and provides a calm and controlled work environment for your facility. In addition to the endless configurations our binder post system provides, the panels themselves can be manufactured out of a variety of different materials in order to fit your specific application.

If you or your company is deciding on using modular office walls for your facility, just give us a call at 865-540-4004.  As the modular building experts, we have the product expertise and know-how to provide you with the structure that will best fit your needs (and budget).

Deep-Lane Pressure Relief for Pallet Flow

Deep-Lane Pressure Relief for Pallet Flow

Deep-lane pallet flow is a space-saving and economical warehousing solution for high-throughput inventory. Designing a deep-lane system takes careful attention to detail… it can be a lot of pressure, and even more than you may be thinking.

Advantages  

  • Relieves the back pressure on the lift truck
  • Prevents product damage
  • Allows the pallets to safely index forward
  • Prevents restart issues
  • Easier and faster for the lift truck operator

Lane designs typically include speed controllers to ensure smooth, consistent flow as well as safe tracking down lane, but our deep-lane systems can also be equipped dual pallet separators. The dual pallet separators are strategically placed in the pallet flow lane… one separates the front discharge aisle pallet from rear pallets, while another is placed further back in the lane to separate to provide a break between groups of pallets.

The function of the dual pallet separators in deep-lane systems is to provide relief from the back pressure of the rear pallets. The front pallet, without pallet separators, would be subject to tremendous pressure from the weight of up to 19 rear pallets bearing down. Let’s look at an example:

 Example:

  • 5-deep system/2,500 lb. pallet loads — .06 x 2,500 lbs. x 4 pallets = 600 lbs. additional weight
  • 20-deep system/2,500 lb. pallet loads — .06 x 2,500 lbs. x 19 pallets = 2,850 lbs. additional weight

As you can see from the example above, the calculation for back pressure is:

.06 x (pallet load weight) x # of pallets

Hundreds to thousands of pressurized weight on the front pallet can cause serious forklift retrieval safety concerns, particularly at higher elevations where the forklift mast capacity is reduced. Storage Solution’s dual pallet separators remove that risk.

Mallard Pallet Separators for Warehouse SafetyThe dual pallet separators are designed to be trouble free. They work in tandem in deep-lane and extra-deep lane pallet flow systems and automatically engage/disengage, as can be seen in the animated video. Once the front pallet position is clear, the separators trigger the release of the rear pallets to advance down the lane and fill the empty pallet position. Then the pallet separators reengage to hold and lock rear pallets to provide a 6″- 12″ break between pallets. Securing a pressure-free pallet retrieval and improving warehouse safety immeasurably.

Note- There are several design specifications to consider when designing a deep-lane pallet flow system to include dual pallet separators:

Dual Pallet Separator for Pallet Flow Mallard ManufacturingSpecifications

  • Requires an additional 24” to overall depth of the system
  • Must use a full surface slave pallet
  • 30,000 lbs. max per lane
  • Full pallet in/out – no case picking
  • Can be used with Magnum wheel or industry equivalent (IE) wheel

Our gravity flow specialists are on hand to help! Just give us a call and let our team remove some of your pressure. 865-540-4004

Hydraulics Manufacturer Gets Pallet Flow Lift Needed

Hydraulics Manufacturer Gets Pallet Flow Lift Needed

Even a hydraulics company needs a lift sometimes!

Full-roller pallet flow is very useful in tote applications where the inventory weight exceeds recommended limits for carton flow rack. The totes provided for this test were flat-bottomed which allowed for good contact with the rollers and a consistent flow down the lane. As is often the case, the Engineering Lab tested two lane configurations to determine if there was a preferable solution.

The first test was with 1.9” diameter rollers set closely together on 2” centers. The second test was 1.9” diameter rollers set on 4” centers. The 4” centers have more room between the rollers therefore provide less coverage along the bottom of the tote as it progresses down lane. The question was, will the totes perform consistently with fewer rollers?

 

In both applications, the totes flowed consistently and without hang ups to the end of the lane. However, when the front tote was picked, the two lane configurations had different restart results.

The totes in the lane on 2” centers automatically restarted and filled the pick face. The totes in the second test, however, had trouble restarting on their own to flow forward and fill the open pick face. So, while the totes flowed well to the end of the lane initially there simply wasn’t enough coverage to automatically restart the rear totes and advance them down the lane once they’d come to a stop. Note, the totes were easily restarted by hand, so this application could work, but since the 2” center configuration didn’t show any hang-up issues, our team recommended the 2” center configuration as the more reliable and efficient solution.

Custom Features:

The only accessory added to the lane configuration was a custom end-stop. The end-stop was customized to ensure it was tall enough to engage the lip of the tote that protruded out from the front several inches. The end-stop was attached to the lane below the rollers leaving the sides unattached. This design allowed for it to absorb the impact with a little “spring” and ensure a softer landing at the front of the lane for the heavy totes.

While the test video shows a standard roller width for this lane configuration, the lane that will be installed for the customer will closely match the width of the totes to maximize space and provide good tracking. Full-roller pallet flow is available for frame dimensions from 4” – 60” wide.

Where could your processing use a lift? The gravity flow experts are on hand to discuss your warehousing needs and goals… what’s working and what just isn’t. Give us a call and let’s see if gravity can be put to work for you. 865-540-4004

Looking at Empty Pallet Handling in a New Light

Empty Pallets Equal Measurable Savings

If your case picking productivity ends with an empty pallet, you may not be maximizing the potential effectiveness of your order selection process. Empty pallet return lanes (EPRs) are gravity fed flow lanes positioned right within the pick area and are uniquely designed for efficient removal of empty pallets. Not just that, EPRs also protect pallets from damage, minimize pick area congestion and make the most efficient use of forklifts and pallet jacks.

Because every warehouse configuration is different, Storage Solutions offers four different empty pallet return lane types to best match your system and equipment needs. Each type is outlined in the video above. Our EPR lanes are all manufactured to strict standards for long-term use in busy warehouses. In addition, lane options include skate wheel, wheeled rail or split-roller to meet all warehousing climates and inventory handling requirements.

Empty Pallet Return Lanes - Mallard ManufacturingEmpty Pallet Return Lanes:

  • Single Empty Pallet Return
  • Stacked Empty Pallet Return
  • Vertical Pallet Return
  • Double-Sided Vertical Pallet Return

The Stacked Empty Pallet Return – employs the use of the EPR-700 series pallet separator to allow for accumulating 5-6 pallets in a stack before releasing them to flow to a take-away aisle. A simple hand release is triggered to allow them to flow. The lane design ensures controlled, even flow for worker safety, and pallet protection. Pallets can be removed from the lane by forklift.

The Vertical Pallet Return – this nifty space-saving option collects single pallets on their sides. Pallets are manually extracted to the forklift or pallet jack for restocking. Heavy-duty lane rollers and steel skate wheels combine to provide smooth, consistent and controlled flow.

The Double-Sided Vertical Pallet Return – remove twice as many pallets while maximizing lane space in this double-sided vertical pallet return. Perfect for high-volume picking operations. Bolt-on ramp stops hold pallets in place in the lane until manually extracted to forklift.

Empty pallet return lanes offer more than a common-sense solution to a pervasive material handling challenge…

Empty Pallet Return Lane Advantages:

  • Increases pick area efficiency
  • Improved worker safety
  • Empty pallets protected from damage
  • Increase restocking efficiency
  • Minimized pick area congestion
  • Efficient use of forklifts & pallet jacks

Contact the our gravity flow experts to learn more about realized cost benefits of empty pallet return lanes in your order picking operation.  865-540-4004

Pallet Flow Race won by Controlled and Steady

Pallet Flow Race won by Controlled and Steady

Harnessing the power and simplicity of gravity makes pallet flow racking a unique material handling solution.  But… working with gravity AND heavy pallet forces within pallet flow rack requires expert design and engineering for safe, effective operation. To that end, we’d like to reintroduce our expanded line of pallet flow speed controllers.

Our extensive variety of custom speed controllers ensure consistent pallet flow/conveyance at the most efficient and safe speeds for your specific application. Storage Solutions is the only manufacturer who offers a variety of speed controller capacities, uniquely designed for your product weight ranges.

We’ve added a new, more comprehensive category summary page, individual product pages, illustrations, and photos to our website to help our dealers and customers better understand the differences between the speed controller products and to help them select the right controller, or combination of controllers, for their pallet flow racking application.

What is a speed controller?

Speed controllers provide a necessary control mechanism for advancing pallets in a flow lane.  Acting as a sort of braking device, the speed controller slows the pallet as it gains speed in a normal gravity inspired process.  Slowing the pallet provides additional benefit of better lane tracking and, of course, safer product and worker conditions.  All speed controllers are available in light, medium and heavy-duty options to best meet your pallet flow needs.

Advantages of Speed Controllers in Pallet Flow Lanes:

  • Ensure pallets flow safely down the lane at a controlled, steady speed
  • Help pallets track properly down the lane
  • Designed to work with most pallet flow types and pallet capacities
  • Ideal for freezer applications
  • Durable construction – designed, manufactured and tested to last in tough warehouse environments

Speed Controller Pic CollageMallard Pallet Flow Rack Speed Controllers:

Drop-In speed controllers are an “install your own” option that offer needed pallet flow control and/or replacement of existing mechanisms.  They are compatible with all wheeled tracks and narrow roller track applications and are also available in a double-wide design.

Advantages/Specifications:

  • Drop-in design allows quick installation and replacementDoubles the braking surface vs. direct mount
  • Designed for use with Magnum, skate wheel and narrow roller pallet flow systems
  • Weight variance 1500#

Direct Mount speed controllers are top-mounted in the pallet flow lane for immediate contact with the pallet load.  They are designed to be compatible with most wheel and roller track types.

Advantages/Specifications:

  • Used for Magnum, skate wheel, and 4”BF split-roller pallet flow
  • Load weight variance is approximately 800#

Indirect Mount speed controllers are mounted underneath a full roller pallet flow lane in a position where the roller is directly in contact with the speed controller and not the pallet.

Advantages/Specifications:

  • Used for full roller pallet flow and conventional gravity conveyor
  • Can be used for roller centers up to 5″
    • Note: anything greater than 4” requires additional rollers
  • Installed with 2/3/4” centers

ABMA Bridge speed controllers are a type of drop-in speed controller used in retrofit applications.  They bolt into existing pallet flow rails and are easily field installed. They are compatible with Magnum, IE and skate wheel.

Advantages/Specifications:

  • Designed for retrofit pallet flow applications
  • Can be mounted in almost any position
  • Can be relocated to change pallet speed/effectiveness
  • Can be mounted drop-in or direct
  • Works with 2-rail systems for light loads

In addition to more detailed product pages and updated resources, we also have several videos that show speed controllers in action, and how-to videos with steps to install our drop-in speed controllers.

We hope this information becomes a valuable resource to you and as always, we’d love to hear your feedback.

Call or email us to work directly with a gravity flow expert on your next pallet flow project.

865-540-4004   info@ssi.jilwebdesign.com

Need More SKUs Edge to Edge? Dyna-Flo Optimizes Rack Space

Full Wheel-Bed Design

Dyna-Flo HD carton flowDyna-Flo and Dyna-Flo HD are carton flow solutions that address a common warehousing challenge… orderly, efficient storage of cartons that vary in size and shape. You could have a batch pick operation, fluctuating inventory or even just single products with multiple carton sizes, either way you will get the most out of your rack and be able to store the most SKUs with Dyna-Flo carton flow.

Dyna-Flo Carton Flow Mallard ManufacturingDyna-Flo gets the most out of your rack due to the unique edge to edge, full-width wheel coverage. Dyna-Flo eliminates dead space that is common in other carton flow applications thereby giving you wheeled coverage for the entirety of your rack bay no matter how wide… from 48” all the way to 144” out to out. That’s edge to edge and between the tracks.

So, how much space can be gained with Dyna-Flo’s design? As much as a full SKU per carton flow level. In other words, each 3”- 4” gap can result in an additional SKU per level. Figuring on 4 levels per bay and 150 bays… that’s 600 MORE SKUs that system can hold! Plus, you get the bonus of optimizing your rack space.

To ensure your carton flow system does make the most of the rack space available, use the Dyna-Flo Design Matrix. This simple matrix helps by showing the best combination of standard track widths (12” & 16”) to best populate the rack bay.

Dyna-Flo Carton Flow Design Matrix

For example, note that a typical 96” bay would be comprised of 6 tracks of 16″ wide Dyna-Flo. That configuration provides maximum wheel coverage without gaps, or dead space… just more SKUs and optimized efficiency.

Storage Solutions Inc. also offers customizable carton flow accessories to further enhance your system and improve pick rates and accuracy.

Optional Accessories

  • Snap-on entry guides – easy reprofiling & enhanced visual for faster, accurate inventory loading
  • Full-lane dividers – deep-lane solution organizes SKUs and enhances visual for quick, accurate SKU loading & selection
  • Impact Tray – heavy-duty galvanized steel tray protects wheeled track from impact of loading heavy inventory
  • Tilt Tray – enhances ergonomic picking and accuracy with customizable tilt angle

Carton Flow Rack Accessories Mallard Manufacturing

At SSI, we are all about warehousing efficiency. Time is money, space use is money and inventory processing is… well you know… money! Gravity flow solutions are uniquely beneficial for many reasons including orderly SKU storage, minimizing warehouse traffic, faster put-away and picking, optimizing space usage and streamlining inventory processing to name just a few. Plus, gravity flow provides a dynamic solution that’s amazingly low-maintenance, easy to implement, and as long as the laws of physics stay in place… free to operate. Call the gravity flow experts today to talk about your warehousing challenges and to see how we can design a gravity flow solution to help you meet or even exceed your operational goals.           865-540-4004

A Different Way to Look at Empty Pallet Handling

A Different Way to Look at Empty Pallet Handling

If your case picking productivity ends with an empty pallet, you may not be maximizing the potential effectiveness of your order selection process. Empty pallet return lanes (EPRs) are gravity fed flow lanes positioned right within the pick area and are uniquely designed for efficient removal of empty pallets. Not just that, EPRs also protect pallets from damage, minimize pick area congestion and make the most efficient use of forklifts and pallet jacks.

Because every warehouse configuration is different, Storage Solutions offers four different empty pallet return lane types to best match your system and equipment needs.  The EPR lanes are all manufactured to strict standards for long-term use in busy warehouses. In addition, lane options include skate wheel, wheeled rail or split-roller to meet all warehousing climates and inventory handling requirements.

Empty Pallet Return Lanes - Mallard ManufacturingEmpty Pallet Return Lanes:

  • Single Empty Pallet Return
  • Stacked Empty Pallet Return
  • Vertical Pallet Return
  • Double-Sided Vertical Pallet Return

The Stacked Empty Pallet Return – employs the use of the EPR-700 series pallet separator to allow for accumulating 5-6 pallets in a stack before releasing them to flow to a take-away aisle. A simple hand release is triggered to allow them to flow. The lane design ensures controlled, even flow for worker safety, and pallet protection. Pallets can be removed from the lane by forklift.

The Vertical Pallet Return – this nifty space-saving option collects single pallets on their sides. Pallets are manually extracted to the forklift or pallet jack for restocking. Heavy-duty lane rollers and steel skate wheels combine to provide smooth, consistent and controlled flow.

The Double-Sided Vertical Pallet Return – remove twice as many pallets while maximizing lane space in this double-sided vertical pallet return. Perfect for high-volume picking operations. Bolt-on ramp stops hold pallets in place in the lane until manually extracted to forklift.

Empty pallet return lanes offer more than a common-sense solution to a pervasive material handling challenge…

Empty Pallet Return Lane Advantages:

  • Increases pick area efficiency
  • Improved worker safety
  • Empty pallets protected from damage
  • Increase restocking efficiency
  • Minimized pick area congestion
  • Efficient use of forklifts & pallet jacks

Contact Storage Solutions Inc. to learn more about realized cost benefits of empty pallet return lanes in your order picking operation.     865-540-4004

Could The New Jobsite Be Modular Construction

Could The New Jobsite Be Modular Construction

With technology growing at an exponential rate, a variety of industries are seeing drastic changes in how they operate. A quick web search will give you an endless number of lists with “innovations to watch” for any industry in any given year. Typically, these lists will be filled with technological buzzwords of newly developing technology, and the construction industry is no different. However, there is one trend when looking at Construction Innovations that stands out from the rest.

Portable Office

Found next to “wearable technology,” “augmented reality,” and “predictive analytics,” Prefabrication is consistently listed as one of the top shifts in the future of construction. Although the use of prefabrication has been around for over a century, the construction industry has adopted the process to fit a variety of different applications over the previous decade. More and more firms have become open to the idea of changing their construction process as a whole in order to take advantage of some of the benefits that modular/prefabricated construction offers. So why is prefabrication creating so much hype?
Schedule Reduction

The first and most obvious advantage to modular construction is the overall reduction in the project schedule. Of the modular construction projects observed in the 2015 research report, “Permanent Modular Construction: Process, Practice, Performance” from MBI Foundation and Ryan E. Smith, the average modular construction project saw a 45% decrease in schedule time with the maximum being a 60% reduction.

To understand how modular construction speeds up project times so much, visualize the entire construction site as a whole. A traditional construction site is a hazardous place with limitless moving parts at any given time. Rather than having the construction portion of the project take place in a chaotic environment, modular construction takes place in a controlled, factory environment with up to 95% occurring off-site.

Crane-Lifting-Building

Ultimately, this streamlined project schedule helps out both the construction company and the end user. With the job site only being open for half the time, the cost of labor is drastically reduced overall. With shortages in the construction labor market, the same workers could be able to work on double the number of jobs.

For end users in the commercial space, a streamlined construction process means they can get to work on their Return on Investment in a quicker timeframe. Being able to open up their space six to 12 months earlier means they can act on new business opportunities more quickly.
Increase in Quality Control

The factory work environment has one major advantage of that of a construction site, controlled variables. The modular construction factory has standardized work processes that improve the overall safety and quality of the project. The result of this environment is a reduction in quality errors when the modules reach the job site. The more accurate construction technique ultimately leads to less time fixing errors and less material waste.

Plus, companies that utilize modular construction see an increase in the safety of the workers, both at the job site and in their factories. The factory environment has clearly sectioned off hazardous areas and the workers that fill the factory are fully familiar with their surroundings, knowing where potential hazards are at all times. At a traditional construction site, unfamiliarity and large amounts of foot traffic leads to accidents and injuries. The modular construction site typically has far less moving parts (usually one large module at a time with all the focus on it).

Panel Line

Ultimately, with the design of the structure completely flushed out before it even begins production and with the strict control over quality, a modular construction project does a much more effective job providing a predictable project cycle and total project cost.

Looking again at “Permanent Modular Construction: Process, Practice, Performance,” Ryan E. Smith and his former team at the University of Utah, found an overall reduction in project costs when comparing off-site and traditional construction projects.

When comparing similar construction projects by Cost Per Square Foot, the modular construction project found an average cost savings of 16%
Why Hasn’t This Been Started Earlier?

As mentioned before, prefabrication is not an incredibly new idea. So, why is this process just now becoming featured as an up and coming “innovation” in the world of construction? Well, historically there have been two major barriers keeping firms from utilizing modular construction in their projects.

Modular Construction

First, would be a failure to step outside the norm and overall unfamiliarity with the modular construction process. In the construction industry, like many other industries, there is an aversion to changing the way things are done, especially when they have “always been done this way.” So, from the stages of design to actual construction, the benefits of utilizing modular construction were not taken into account. And finally, the other big factor is the transportation of the modules themselves. The cost of transporting the modules can add up, but as seen in when comparing traditional & modular construction projects, these costs are more than offset by the savings at the job site.

Overall, when asked about their future plans for modular construction, 83% of the respondents said that they planned on utilizing modular construction more or the same amount in the coming year.

These are the reasons prefabrication is still seen as an innovation! With the numbers to prove its effectiveness, firms can no longer deny the variety of applications modular construction fits. Reduced project costs and schedule time means that modular construction can offer quick space solutions in the industries that need them the most like education, healthcare, and housing.

Prefabricated Guard House

Many indicators point to modular construction being on the rise in the next few years. With construction numbers on the rise and construction labor stagnant, something has to fill the void. Modular construction takes care of these issues quickly and offers an overall more predictable project cycle. Higher predictability means more accurate cost estimations, more precise schedules (with fewer delays!), and more happy end customers.

If you’re interested in how modular construction can help your company, contact us

Protecting Uptime with Modular

Helping Manufacturers Expand Fast

Tighter production windows, faster speed to market and the pressure to continuously develop and retool for new products means increasing pressure on manufacturing facilities.

Protecting Uptime with Modular

4-6 weeks
Our average turnaround time to manufacture and ship a new building.

Move-in ready
We ship finished parts, flat-packed and ready to install. As soon as the structure is assembled and connected to utilities, you can move in.

75 percent faster than conventional construction
With a Storage Solution building, you don’t need to dig foundations, build stud walls, wait for rough-in trades, attach drywall then mud, sand and decorate. We do everything at our factory.

No mess
There’s no cutting, sanding or other construction mess or dust to cause havoc with your equipment, products or employees.

Control over your downtime
The installation phase takes up minimal space and only needs a small crew. This means minimal impact on your production and operations.

Small installation zone
Most plants provide the install crew with a small working zone around the building installation site and an area to store the materials.

Reconfigurable
Add a second floor, expand a room or move the building across the shop floor. Your  building gives you the flexibility to change whenever you need to.

Immediate depreciation
Under section 179 of the tax code, you can depreciate a Storage Solution building in the year of installation because it qualifies as equipment. A conventionally constructed building takes 39 years to depreciate.

Just pick up the phone and give us a call to get started.  865-540-4004