FROM THE JULY ISSUE: Faster project delivery, increased productivity and safety, and reduced costs all are benefits touted by modular construction advocates.

Anyone who’s been on a construction site knows that traditional construction methods are inefficient, time-consuming and costly. At each step, productivity is lost as crews wait for each other before they can move on to the next level. Delays caused by miscommunication — either on the jobsite or in the design process — routinely throw off the construction schedule, which costs time and money.

For such reasons, some in the plumbing and mechanical industry have long been proponents of prefabrication and modular construction. Now, however, the time to shift to off-site manufacturing-style production on a large scale finally seems at hand.

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