August 31, 2023 /

5 Benefits of Using Permanent Modular Office Buildings

A permanent modular office building with autumn leaves in the background

Although modular construction is most often associated with temporary job site trailers, permanent modular office buildings are also available using this efficient method. In many cases, purchasing or building a modular office has multiple advantages that make it a better choice for businesses than traditional, site-built office buildings.

Let’s explore just a few of the benefits you could enjoy when you use a permanent modular office building.

1. Lower Installation Costs on Modular Offices

On the whole, the typical permanent modular office building costs less than a traditional site-built office. There are several factors that contribute to a lower cost, all of which are associated with the more efficient construction schedule that modular buildings offer:

  • Decreased build times: Leveraging modular construction allows us to begin the building process even before the site development is complete. This approach can potentially reduce the overall project timeline by up to 50%. It’s important to note that this percentage does not account for potential delays caused by inclement weather. In turn, you’ll also save more time on labor costs because it takes less time to complete your new office.
  • Reduced waste: The process of building your modular office involves precision equipment in our climate-controlled facility—meaning we waste fewer materials, consume less fuel, and ultimately transfer the cost savings to you.
  • Lower risks: The factory environment used in modular construction increases worker safety by reducing the hazards commonly associated with onsite construction, such as falls from heights or exposure to changing site conditions.
  • Standardization: Because we offer pre-designed floor plans, you’ll potentially save the time and expense of commissioning custom architectural blueprints.

The average modular office building costs roughly $125 per square foot to construct. By contrast, traditional commercial building construction projects in the United States cost approximately $490 per square foot.

While prices can fluctuate depending on where your office will be located—after all, it might cost more to build anything in a large, expensive urban center than it would in the most rural parts of the country—the number practically speaks for itself. Modular office buildings cost a fraction of the price to build, saving your company money and providing ROI more quickly than site-built office buildings.

2. Modular Office Buildings Have Lower Energy Costs

Modular office buildings are designed to be more energy efficient than their traditional counterparts. New modular offices are designed to meet strict LEED certification criteria for energy performance. Therefore, they’re less likely to command a high energy bill, whether you’re working in the height of summer or the coldest depths of winter.

In turn, your team will be able to stay comfortable while they work throughout the year, all while saving you money that would otherwise be lost due to leaking windows or poor building insulation.

Over the course of the first five years you spend in your permanent modular office building, you could save thousands of dollars on energy bills. Those savings will keep expanding the longer you use your office to run your business.

3. Custom Modular Offices Bring Design Flexibility

The cost-effectiveness of modular construction often stems from its standardized approach. While these standardized designs can offer significant savings during the construction of your modular office space, they might not always cater to specific business needs. This is where the value of custom modular office buildings shines through.

Your team may require a specialized layout, opting for a standard design might seem economical initially, but the potential inefficiencies in workflow could lead to increased operational costs over time, as employees might take longer to complete their tasks.

From dormitories for extended on-site construction projects to new administrative spaces on your premises, our custom modular offices cater to diverse needs, serving teams of all sizes across North America and beyond.

4. Easier Expansion Opportunities

Due to the nature of how they are designed and built, modular offices make it easier to expand your space to accommodate your growing team. In fact, when it comes to providing custom spaces, modular buildings offer a more economical option than a design-build from an architectural firm.

Do you foresee yourself needing to add an on-site call center to your business? A modular office complex makes it easier to expand. We can also add additional modules to provide onsite healthcare, daycare, dining services, and other amenities to suit every need your organization may have.

Modular office additions also make it easier to turn your single or double wide office space into a multi-winged, multipurpose headquarters that fits all your business needs. While there will need to be some construction done to get any additional modules in place, there’s less intrusion. That means your employees can keep working with minimal disruption, up until the new addition is ready to be installed.

Furthermore, modular office buildings also offer more opportunities for mobility, should you need a change of scenery. 

Suppose your current modular office isn’t technically permanent, and you’re thinking about relocating your office to a space that’s more affordable, larger, or better suited to your team’s needs. With modular construction, it’s much easier to move your office and turn it into a permanent structure that better suits your organizational needs, rather than building a new office space while simultaneously trying to sell your existing office.

5. Permanent Modular Office Buildings Have Faster ROI

There is a common thread at the heart of all these benefits that you will rarely find with traditional construction processes. It’s a factor that can impact your bottom line more than you might realize. That factor is certainty. 

For as many strides as modern meteorology has made, your construction project manager can’t predict the weather. They also might not be able to predict the need for change orders on your project if something ends up taking longer or costing more than they originally estimated. Plus, you never know if your construction crew might need to stop work suddenly due to injuries, supply chain issues, or other delays.

Modular construction removes most of these unknowns from the equation, making it easier to determine cost certainty—and return on investment.

Because they cost less to build, use energy more efficiently, and are easier to customize to streamline your daily processes, permanent modular office buildings help you achieve a positive ROI quickly. In other words, your building will pay for itself sooner than what you could expect from a traditional, site-built office that costs tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars more to build.

Find Permanent Modular Office Buildings for Sale

Whether you’re looking to have a new, custom modular office built from scratch or are looking for a pre-owned permanent modular office building for sale, you can expect to see better dividends with these prefab options. 

To start turning a profit sooner, get a quote from our experts or view our inventory of modular offices for sale today.

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