Do you remember the joy of playing with a Lego building set? The satisfaction of constructing buildings that conveniently snapped into place. The majority of the blocks were uniform in size and shape. You could choose your favorite colors, or customize the floor plan layouts.
What if there were a prefabricated building process that allowed you to do just that? There is. It’s called volumetric construction.
Volumetric modular construction is the process of assembling fully enclosed, 6 sided building modules in an offsite factory setting, and then joining them together to construct one large building. The video below is a perfect example of how convenient volumetric construction is once your modules arrive on the site location.
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Volumetric construction, also called volumetric modular construction, is one type of modular construction. Another way to think about this is that all volumetric construction is modular construction but not all modular construction is volumetric?
A volumetric building module is different from other modular construction modules in that they are completely enclosed. This means that all six sides of the module are accounted for; 1 floor + 4 walls + 1 Ceiling.
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Other modular construction types undergo the same construction process but the factory may build modules that are open on one side or multiple depending on what the project calls for.
Types of Modules in Modular Construction:
The 3 most notable advantages come as a result of the modular building process.
Volumetric construction often uses more materials in the assembly of each module. Each building module needs to be properly framed in order to fully and safely support itself. As a result, once the entire volumetric project is stacked and connected together, you have the structural strength of the overall frame of the building and of each individual module that is in place.
While all construction is permitted and certified under the same codes and regulations, some severe weather data has shown that modular construction is stronger than traditional, onsite construction buildings and two-dimensional prefabricated buildings.
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Volumetric construction is going to deliver you a project on budget, as scheduled, and in less time than the other construction types your competitors are using.
For example, when VESTA acts as your commercial construction contractor, the design and discovery process is thorough and comprehensive. We begin by connecting our team with yours to completely understand what your needs and expectations are for the volumetric project. Our architects, engineers, and the rest of the design team will have a complete and thorough understanding of exactly what your commercial building will look like as we head into the construction process.
As design finalizes, on-site foundation preparation and off-site module construction begin simultaneously. This is a big reason that we can beat the timelines of traditional, onsite builders while still exceeding your quality expectations.
Since design is thorough, construction is completed in a controlled environment, and we oversaw every part of the construction process from design to building installation, volumetric modular construction provides you with the most accurate initial quote and timeline expectations.
Don’t get hung up on the words like “factory” and “volumetric” and think that what you’re investing in will be repetitive or that each layout will be the same. Modular construction companies who work with skilled manufacturers and tradesmen can make the inside of those modules as unique and customized as you prefer.
From layouts to materials, each module can be designed to work for you and your company. Add bathrooms, walls, high ceilings, offices, and warehouse space wherever you need.
Any industry that can utilize a commercial or public building space can take advantage of the benefits from volumetric construction.
But from our experience, here are some of the most common industries that take advantage of this type of building process:
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At VESTA Modular, we deliver award winning customized permanent construction projects that our customers love. Whether you’re a commercial business or public works organization, our experienced modular experts would be happy to deliver you your next custom building.
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