Common Questions
About  Bathroom Prefabrication

Here are some of the most common questions we are asked about prefabricated bathrooms
and PIVOTek’s modular construction manufacturing process. Have a different question? Ask us.

What is the difference between prefabrication and modular construction?
These terms are often used interchangeably. Prefabricated units are developed for a particular project and approved through the traditional construction permitting processes. Modular construction is generally of a predetermined design and certified as a manufactured product.

PIVOTek offers construction manufacturing of prefabricated building components—an engineered process for creating prefabricated units that is lead by a multi-disciplinary team and ensures predictability in cost, timing, and quality.

What type of projects can use modular bathroom or kitchenette PODs?
Any project that has repeatable elements can use PODs. Proven markets include hospitality, healthcare and housing, such as senior, student and multi-family communities.

What is included in a prefabricated bathroom POD?
PODs vary from project to project. Typical units include ceiling, wall and floor framing, interior drywall, mechanical, plumbing and electrical rough-in; finishes, such as paint, tile, doors and hardware; as well as casework, fixtures, mirrors and other permanently mounted accessories.

Is there a standard specification for PODs?
PIVOTek has full-service design capabilities and can provide sample specifications, as well as assistance in customizing these to your project requirements.

When should we engage PIVOTek?
To minimize re-design and maximize project performance, we recommend getting involved at the 50% Design Development phase or sooner. Although PIVOTek has successfully engaged with and delivered against timelines and project needs beyond this point in the project timeline.

What design issues should I know when considering PODs?
PODs are limited in size to standard shipping dimensions and floor-to-structure clearances of on-site construction. Delivery and placement costs may increase with over-sized components.

Do I need to recess my concrete slab to accept prefab bathrooms?
Healthcare, senior living and high-end hospitality projects are often designed with a sloped floor system to a floor drain. These types of PODs typically require a recessed structural slab. PIVOTek has a low-profile structural floor system that can be utilized on projects that cannot accommodate a structural slab recess. Either system meets requirements for universal accessibility.

How do you prevent damage during shipping?
PIVOTek PODs are engineered solutions. Our R&D efforts have developed assembly and shipping techniques that ensure delivery of a quality product (e.g. shrink wrap, welded connections, etc.)

How does the quality of prefabrication compare to stick-built?
Our design integration and lean manufacturing techniques ensure quality tolerances are repeatable in every unit. This process cannot be replicated in stick-built construction.

Who performs the POD installation?
POD Installation can be performed in many ways, but all methods are straightforward, repeatable, and can be performed by a contractor chosen by the Construction Manager. PIVOTek will provide a factory representative to educate and train the installation crew and perform installation quality reviews.

Who does the testing and inspections of your units?
PIVOTek’s approach is to ship a complete, fully tested unit to your project. If your state has a modular or off-site inspection program, PIVOTek will work with the project team and the state to coordinate all of the testing and inspections.