Two Key Modular Building Design Considerations
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Modular buildings have alleviated many of the frustrations associated with conventional construction methods. Faster building times, increased quality control, and reduced construction costs are just some of the benefits this technique offers.
However, modular buildings are not a one size fits all solution. Each structure has its own set of environmental and spatial considerations. Because of this, solutions must be tailored to the needs of each application. Fortunately, modular buildings are highly versatile and can be customized to adapt to many different situations.
To ensure modular buildings are suited for their intended purpose, you must assess spatial requirements at the early stages of the building design process as with any construction project.
Some buildings may require unique strengthening features, such as braces or special connections, to comply with local or state building codes. Design wind speeds, seismic activity, and snow loading can vary depending on the location, so it is crucial to consider the codes and standards of the final location of the building, all of which we take care of.
In addition to extreme natural environmental conditions, designers should be aware of application-specific environmental requirements. They may need to integrate special features into modular buildings to meet operating requirements and industry specifications. These features may include soundproofing, climate control, ventilation, blast-proofing, bulletproofing, insulation, etc.
For example, medical buildings and laboratories usually have strict sanitation requirements. Modular buildings in these applications are typically outfitted with additional features, such as air handling and filtration systems, chemical sprinklers, air curtains, and shower rooms.
Modular buildings may also be customized as secure units for protecting personnel or equipment from high-impact loading due to high-velocity projectiles, blasts, vapor cloud emissions, forced entries, and pressure vessel rupture. This type of construction is especially valuable for prison guard houses or facilities in industrial plants and gas/oil facilities.
During the conceptual design process, ask yourself the following questions:
- What is the minimum floor area required?
- Will there need to be multiple stories?
- Will there be a need for future expansion?
For example, warehouses, especially those used in manufacturing and storage facilities, often require extensive and uninterrupted interior spans. Some warehouses may also need special features for future expansions and alterations of the interiors space. A modular building solution should be provided to meet these specifications.
Some office buildings may also need to be designed with future expansions in mind, requiring prefabricated modules that can be easily disabled, rearranged, and relocated. If additional floors are needed, the modules should be designed to facilitate vertical stacking. Stacking is especially useful on construction sites where limited space does not allow for horizontal expansion.
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For 43 years, Commercial Structures Corp. has designed, manufactured, and assembled numerous modular buildings for different industries and applications. Our in-house engineering and design team will consider all environmental and spatial requirements to deliver solutions that work for every project.