Modular Construction – Emerging Trend in Metropolitan Areas

Developers and architects serving densely populated urban areas across the US, UK, and Worldwide are quickly discovering that modular construction with its economical cost, controlled offsite construction, fast set-up and minimal site disturbances is the way to go on a wide variety of projects.

Advancements in technology have taken care of the many previous limitations of prefabricated construction, making this time-tested, but previously not so popular method of construction, into a hot new trend.

With modular construction, everyone wins: developers save money and time, business operations continue without interruptions, local communities are not disrupted by on-site construction, and the environment does not have to suffer from any excessive pollution and waste commonly associated with traditional construction.

Modular Construction Goes Vertical

Ratner modular building For many decades, prefabricated buildings have mostly been one to two stories high.

However, this trend is rapidly changing, as new advancements in modular construction now make it possible to build buildings as tall as 30 stories. One ongoing project taking place in New York City, is Forest City Ratner’s 32-story, 350-unit residential tower. After considering all factors, the company chose to go with modular construction, due to cost savings upwards of 20% compared to traditional construction, and an accelerated construction schedule.

New technologies make it possible to apply the cellular approach in modular construction to a wide range of architectural building styles and heights. Moreover, the practice of combining modules with steel or concrete frames also increases the range of design options, particularly for commercial and residential applications. These advancements are compelling developers to consider modular construction for projects that would not have been previously conceivable.

Accelerated Construction and Erection Schedule

Multi-Story Modular Building In the business world, time is money and modular construction with its accelerated completion schedule enables developers and business owners to realize significant cost savings.

A highly efficient and precise off-site process of construction allows building components to be completed quickly. Such factors as weather delays and a slew of other site disturbances that can halt traditional construction have no effect on prefab.

Central-city-Toyota-prefab Combined with simultaneous onsite preparation, offsite prefabrication accelerates the building process by as much as 50 percent. Such speed of construction is truly remarkable, as evidenced by the recently completed, 4,560-square-foot sales office for Philadelphia’s Central City Toyota, which was finished in just 5 days using modular construction!

Business Operations as Usual

portable-school-building Fast construction and minimal site disturbance make it possible for business that choose modular construction to continue their business operations without any interruptions. This is very attractive to many business owners, especially given the current highly competitive and tough market. Companies can either quickly rent out these newly constructed spaces, or proceed with providing their goods and services, without loosing any sales or clients during the time of construction.


Obtaining zoning and building permits in metropolitan areas can be a real hassle, taking up a lot of time and resources, all of which stall construction, driving up its cost. Instead of spending months obtaining building permits for traditional construction, many developers are having greater success and expediting this phase of the project when they choose modular as their construction process. Also, it is not only faster, but also easier to obtain a permit for modular construction as opposed to on-site construction, due to numerous strict regulations about on-site waste, pollution, traffic, etc. in dense urban areas.

Reduced Community Disturbance

Multi-Story Modular Building Needless to say, living or working next to a bustling, loud, dirty construction site is not a welcome experience for most people in the local community, especially when the project lasts for many months.

By contrast, many communities are pleased to experience the difference of modular construction and prefer it in their neighborhoods. Being mostly completed offsite, modular construction greatly reduces such unpleasant factors as noise, dust, and debris. Moreover, fewer people, less equipment and traffic at the work site also decreases the number of construction hazards, making people in the community feel more safe when they walk in the vicinity.

Our modular construction company can provide temporary or permanent building solutions for schools, healthcare facilities and communities, with minimum interruption and disruptions.