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Lets Talk Prefabrication

The construction industry has been through a lot in the last year. Modular construction, prefabrication, and off-site manufacturing of space have been game-changers for general contractors, architects, designers, and owners alike.

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Construction, design, and real estate leaders are accustomed to navigating uncertainty. Today presents an unknown that few have had to face, and workplaces need to be more resilient now than ever.

The need for environments to be flexible and resilient paves the way for modular construction to be the solution. Old approaches to construction are waning while new building methods, like prefabrication, are on the rise. Making projects more cost-effective, safer, and competitive all while delivering a higher-quality product. A McKinsey & Company report from 2019 identified that the modular construction industry is poised to scale to more than $100 billion in U.S. and European real estate, delivering $20 billion in annual savings. It identifies the benefits of modular construction as:

• Reduced build-out costs and overall less cost of ownership
• Accelerated construction schedules
• Certainty of construction time and cost
• A more sustainable solution, less waste put in to landfill

Building with modularity in mind is a way to embrace the demands for hybrid workplaces. People have come to realize that their spaces need to be able to ebb and flow with their needs more fluidly than before.

The majority of prefabricated construction is done in a controlled environment which allows thorough quality checks when assembled off-site. Prefab technology allows you to manage your schedule and budget better. The standardization of its designs leads to quicker production due to its replicability. Workflow is optimized, chance for errors are reduced, and quality is improved with a superior fit and finish. The future of work is already here, and prefabricated construction can help drive change in an industry that has stayed largely the same for over a 100 years.

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