DENVER, Colo. – Greg Rohr, PIVOTek’s Director of Project Development and Preconstruction Services, recently presented at the BIM Forum in Denver, Colo., to one of the largest turnouts in the associations history.
Five hundred industry professionals from throughout the U.S. were in attendance for Rohr’s presentation on the “Advancements in Modular Design and Construction.” He spoke on behalf of the Modular Building Institute. The forum specifically highlighted the benefits of modular building and the utilization of bathroom PODs.
“It’s clear to me that the construction industry is emerging from the ‘Proof of Concept’ mindset when it comes to bathroom PODs and has moved into the adoption phase,” explained Rohr. “In the healthcare and hospitality market segments, bathroom PODs and other modular components are more widely accepted and more readily available.”
Rohr’s presentation provided a brief overview of the differences between permanent and relocatable modular building, as well as the advantages. Some of the advantages of modular building include quicker speed-to-market, aesthetically pleasing design, quality workmanship and single-source coordination.
During his presentation, Rohr noted eye-opening statistics that confirm single-source coordination would alleviate some of the pains of on-site trade coordination. An estimated $4.9 billion of cost is spent on the inefficient exchange of information between Architects, Construction Managers and Subcontractors during the construction phase of work alone.
This costly exchange is a byproduct of numerous resources providing design details and product information that must be coordinated across the entire project team. Single-source modular building components provide a more efficient means to constructing a building and minimize the need to resolve questions after construction has started. Those questions cause delays and additional costs.
Why is now the time for modular? Rohr quoted research by Paul Teicholz, a Professor Emeritus at Stanford University. “The major opportunities for positive change include better use of BIM-enabled processes and procurement contracts that allow improved collaboration, design for constructability, greater use of prefabrication and use of virtual design and construction to support enhanced understanding, and efficiency.”
So, what’s next? Opportunities are growing to incorporate modular building into Type 1 Building Construction and Commercial Markets. As more architects and construction managers are challenged to design and build safer, more sustainable projects on tighter schedules, modular will become the clear choice.