Modular building is revolutionizing the way we construct buildings. By utilizing modular construction, it is now possible to create high-quality, sophisticated structures in a fraction of the time and cost compared to traditional building methods. In this blog post, we will explore the future of construction and how modular building is quickly becoming the preferred method for many businesses and organizations, and take you behind the scenes of our HEGG Modular facility in Brandon, SD.
What is modular construction?
Modular construction is an efficient, green, high-quality process in which structures are constructed off-site, in a temperature-controlled environment. Using the same materials and held to the same codes and standards of quality as traditional construction, modular buildings are assembled from intricately designed individual modules. This process allows us to create sophisticated facilities in a fraction of the time of a conventional build, without compromising quality. HEGG Modular is located in Brandon, SD. The production of the facility started in May of 2022 and was completed in mid-November, and official production on client projects started in December 2022.
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HEGG Modular Production Facility Brandon, SD
First HEGG Modular Project in Production
The benefits of modular construction
Speed, efficiency, safety, and quality are just a few of the advantages of modular construction. Here’s why.
There’s a reason why facilities built with a modular construction process are finished 25-50% faster than conventionally constructed buildings. Modular construction can happen concurrently with foundation and site work, dramatically reducing construction schedules.
The off-site construction process creates opportunities to do the type of sophisticated fabrication work that is impossible on a conventional job site. The HEGG Modular facility’s temperature-controlled environment allows our teams and equipment to work with precision and consistency while dramatically reducing waste.
The controlled environment of our Modular building facility removes several variables from the construction process. Because each module is constructed indoors, we are no longer at the whim of the elements, and the consistent build environment also reduces many of the dangers to workers present at conventional construction sites.
A side benefit of modular construction is the build quality. Because each module is built to withstand the rigors of transportation to the building site, the finished structure is even stronger than the sum of its parts.
In addition to the benefits above, modular building is more environmentally-friendly. From the reduction of heavy machinery at the job site to HEGG going above and beyond by working towards becoming a paperless plant and being as green as possible, our goal is to become as green as possible. For instance, our modular facility has invested in big monitors so all designs can be pulled up on screens, there are iPads across workstations versus printed blueprints, and even our HR process, such as onboarding, time clocks, safety checklists, and more, are all digital to help reduce our footprint.
Example of a digital blueprint (layout of HEGG Modular) at HEGG.
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Your FAQs about modular construction answered
How long does a modular build take?
Because construction takes place concurrently with foundation and site work, a modular building can typically be finished between 7 and 12 months after the groundbreaking for a typical 80-room select service hotel, months sooner than a conventional build started at the same time.
Do modular buildings last as long as conventional construction?
Yes, modularly constructed buildings must meet the same international commercial code and elemental condition standards as a traditional site-built structure. And because each module is built to code as its own structural unit.
What are the limits of modular construction?
Modular buildings share the same limitations and potential as any building made from timber. Anything conventional timber construction can do, Modular can do faster, greener, and easier.
What does a modular building look like?
If you’re imagining a series of boxes stacked upon one another, you have the wrong idea. “Modular” does not mean what you might remember it meaning 20 or 30 years ago. Aesthetically, contemporary modular buildings are virtually indistinguishable from their traditionally constructed counterparts.
The future of modular construction
With the ability to create stunning, complex structures in a fraction of the time of traditional building, modular construction is becoming increasingly attractive. When deciding whether to build with a modular or traditional construction process, it’s important to consider factors like cost, timeline, location, and what is being built. Generally speaking, modular construction is more efficient and cost-effective when building a structure that is repeatable and easy to assemble for almost any industry. For example, when building a hotel in a modular approach, you have the bed, wall coverings, and tv – essentially the entire room – all transported to the site where the structure will be assembled; all with that level of detail!
Looking ahead at the next 10-20 years, we expect to see an increase in interest in modular construction. Its efficiency and cost-effectiveness make it an attractive option for many developments. In comparison to other parts of the world, modular construction isn’t yet as common in the US. However, with increasing awareness and acceptance of this process, we can expect it to become more widespread in the future.
Are you interested in learning more about HEGG Modular or seeing if our modular building approach is right for you? Get in touch! We are always happy to talk.