Permanent Modular Construction (PMC)
Permanent Modular Construction “PMC” is an innovative, sustainable construction delivery method utilizing offsite, lean manufacturing techniques to prefabricate single or multi-story whole building solutions in deliverable module sections. PMC buildings are manufactured in a safe and controlled setting, and can be constructed of wood, steel, or concrete. The structures are 60% to 90% completed in a factory-controlled environment, and transported and assembled at the final building site.
PMC modules can be integrated into site built projects or stand alone as a turn-key solution and can be delivered with MEP, fixtures and interior finishes in less time -- with less waste, and higher quality control compared to projects utilizing only traditional site build construction. A lot of research has come out in the last few years supporting the fact that modular construction is an efficient construction process and poised to help the industry grow.
A recent report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Research Council identifies modular construction as an underutilized resource and a breakthrough for the U.S. construction industry to advance its competitiveness and efficiency.
“Manufacturing building components off-site provides for more controlled conditions and allows for improved quality and precision in the fabrication of the component.”
Relocatable Buildings (RBs)
A Relocatable Building (RB) is a partially or completely assembled building that complies with applicable codes or state regulations and is constructed in a building manufacturing facility using a modular construction process. Relocatable modular buildings are designed to be reused or repurposed multiple times and transported to different building sites.
Relocatable modular buildings are utilized for schools, construction site offices, medical clinics, sales centers and in any application where a relocatable building can meet a temporary space need. These buildings offer fast delivery, ease of relocation, low-cost reconfiguration, accelerated depreciation schedules and enormous flexibility. Relocatable modular buildings are not permanently affixed to real estate but are installed in accordance with manufacturer’s installation guidelines and local code requirements. These buildings are essential in cases where speed, temporary space and the ability to relocate are necessary.
FMI Corporation reported in its fourth quarter 2010 Nonresidential Construction Index that modular construction is considered a growth opportunity for the industry. Of the panelists surveyed 49% expect growth to exceed 5%. Panelists expect this area to grow faster than the market in general due the growing use of BIM, owners wanting projects faster and for lower cost, safety, quality and the shortage of skilled labor once markets return to more normal growth.