In today’s economy, innovative solutions that save money and the environment pack a one-two punch. Modular buildings are one solution that is catching on in a major way.
If you are looking at modular building types, you’ll see that temporary buildings and permanent buildings are two common options.
Read on to learn about the difference and pros and cons of buying a temporary modular building or buying a permanent modular building.
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Temporary modular building systems are resilient, built strong enough to be torn down and reinstalled or relocated. Their tough exteriors and cleverly engineered components make them an enormously versatile asset for any business that needs this feature. Permanent and temporary modular buildings are often prefabricated.
While permanent modular construction has similar design elements, buildings like these are usually constructed on a foundation, making them immovable. Of course, being immovable also means they are eligible for advanced customization, and may be preferable for large modular building projects, such as shipping container apartments or modular housing projects.
Temporary structure construction can provide a convertible, movable building. Temporary construction structures can be rented and used for a variety of time frames. Some temporary modular buildings are pre fabricated and others are constructed on site.
Permanent modular structures are permanent buildings, with the intent being a long-standing structure that is not going to be moved or altered. Similar to traditional construction, the foundation of permanent modular buildings includes poured concrete with rebar and crushed stone. In certain cases, a raised or on-grade foundation can be used.
In between these two categories, of course, are semi permanent buildings or semi permanent structures, which may be intended for longer use but can still be moved. The most common differential between all these types of modular building construction is whether or not the structure has a permanent foundation.
Here is how temporary construction for modular buildings versus permanent buildings compare.
|Most versatility||Transport and logistics challenges||Permanence||Rigid and immovable|
|Fastest||Requires a specialized modular construction company||Faster||Requires a specialized modular construction company|
|Affordable||Doesn’t increase in value over time||Affordable||Land costs can be expensive|
|Energy efficient||Utility hook ups can be a concern||Energy efficient||Utility hook ups can be a concern|
Note, requiring a specialized modular construction company doesn’t have to be a con, it just means that you may have to link up with a company like VESTA Modular, rather than a traditional general contractor.
One of the benefits of both temporary and permanent modular construction is that they are more versatile than other forms of construction. Of course, temporary modular construction is the most versatile option of all.
Compared to the workflow and timeline of building construction, temporary buildings will out-rank surpass in terms of benefits every time.
Here are some of the types of temporary buildings you can construct.
Temporary industrial buildings and temporary commercial buildings are perfect as a short-term solution for expanded space. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies ordered temporary modular construction to increase office space.
Temporary buildings don’t have to be small, even if they aren’t permanent. For instance, modular medical buildings were erected nationwide to accelerate COVID-19 testing. Their practical and budget-friendly nature makes them appealing to community leaders and legislators.
There are many types that can provide a low-cost, green construction option for virtually any use. Given that site work and fabrication run concurrently, permanent modular construction projects save time compared to traditional forms of construction. Research shows that traditional site built construction is less efficient and less productive. Most recently, a study of “Permanent Modular Construction, Process, Practice, Performance” by The National Institute of Building Sciences and MBI Educational Foundations provides case studies and speaks to the best practices of modular construction including early team formation and collaboration.
There are many advantages to purchasing a permanent modular building. Some include:
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From small classrooms to entire schools, modular buildings can provide temporary or permanent solutions using available inventory or ground-up construction.
Utilizing modular does not mean that a building will look temporary or like a trailer. Modular can provide two-story buildings, existing building additions, and even stand-alone buildings like a quick serve restaurant. This form of construction offers an accelerated timeline for schools, healthcare facilities, government facilities and commercial buildings.Office buildings have been a mainstay on construction sites and as part of schools. More than ever, shipping container offices or portable classrooms are a key way for companies to have a physical footprint and a real estate market with otherwise inaccessible prices.
When it comes to building modular solutions for the healthcare market, modular construction is a great solution to provide prefabricated modular medical facilities; from individual medical offices for physicians and specialists to diagnostic imaging suites and dialysis facilities.
Modular medical facilities require minimal waste, and take less time on site than traditional building methods and minimizes disruption to existing facilities, doctors, patients and staff.
VESTA Modular is your partner for temporary building modular construction and permanent building modular construction. Whether you need to rent or buy containers, container offices or specialty containers, we’ve got you covered.
Our team of modular construction professionals can help you spec out your project and find the optimal temporary or permanent modular building type to meet your needs. Contact VESTA today to learn more and follow us on LinkedIn for ongoing updates and news about modular construction.