At Fabricon Modular we believe functional designs, quality construction, and overall speed to market are considerable benefits for modular project delivery. 

In this article, we break down the modular building process from frame to roof, bottom to top, to better understand what the benefits are for modular construction for customers and society as a whole.

The Modular Building Process – Construction Within the Factory

After plans have been finalized and Fabricon Modular has the green light to begin the modular building process: 

  1. Building materials, components, fixtures, and equipment are procured per the approved design specifications.
  2. Upon receipt of all procured items to the warehouse the chassis and frame section is where the construction and manufacturing process begin. Here, raw steel is cut and welded together into to form the chassis frame structure type. Common modular chassis frame types include:
    1. Outrigger
    2. Perimeter
    3. Rigid
  3. Once the chassis frame is complete the module moves into the floor assembly section, where the decking, substrate, and insulation assemblies are installed. Common modular floor decking types include:
    1. Steel 
    2. Concrete
    3. Plywood
    4. Gypsum
  4. Now a module is ready to be laid out. At this time the framed vertical sections to make the exterior walls and the interior partitions are installed. Within these sections are important building components like wall insulation, siding and wall covering, electrical wiring, plumbing, and framed openings to receive doors and windows. Specifics will depend on your building’s overall design, use, and building codes. Wall framing is constructed of three types of materials:
    1. Wood
    2. Steel
    3. Engineered products
  5. After the walls are placed you will find a module entering the roof section. Once completed at this section the module visually resembles a building as you know it, at least part of one anyways!
  6. This process installs the roof assembly which not only provides the shape, but also protects the inside from the elements. This assembly consists of trusses, insulation, electrical wiring, ducting, roof decking, and the roof covering. The most common type of roof coverings are:
    1. EPDM, or TPO
    2. Metal
    3. Shingles
  7. Finishes and trim out are the final installed items that the occupants will immediately recognize as soon as they enter the building. This phase is also one of the last stops in the manufacturing process. Here all the final electrical, plumbing, and mechanical components are installed, any remaining floor covering like tile or carpet are laid, mirrors and dispensers are hung, cabinets and millwork installed, paint is applied, and doors with hardware are affixed. Its also where all systems like lighting, plumbing, and HVAC are fully tested for proper operation. A thorough cleaning of the module is completed before being readied for transport.
  8. Lastly, the building goes into final QC and is made ready for transport. This is where the module will be inspected again, weighed, documented, and staged for pickup. The module is now complete and ready for delivery to the customer’s site!

Less Nuisance on Your Modular Project

By substantially completing your project off-site and in a controlled environment, there is inherently less risk and more control of your project and job site. Direct benefits include:

  • Less site delays with concurrent site prep and building construction 
  • Increased time savings
  • Quicker occupancy
  • Less injury and lost-time
  • Increased protection and security 
  • Reduced propensity for Change Orders

In addition, there are several indirect benefits like reducing carrying costs. Your financing interest and insurance premiums are going to be less expensive because you’re onsite for a shorter period and open for business sooner. This creates less of a nuisance period for any construction project.

You have construction traffic. You have noise. You have people wandering around any construction site. Fabricon Modular significantly compresses that timeframe on your site, which is a welcome benefit for most people.

Everything Fabricon Modular does is built to current commercial building codes. Whether it’s a stock Mobile Office or a fully customized permanent Modular Building, it will be made to the same code you see bricks and mortar buildings being constructed up the road.

Talk to Our Expert Team

We encourage you to reach out to our expert team to learn more about our modular building process. When you talk to a member of the Fabricon team, from sales to service, you’ll get that personal attention, the one-on-one knowledge that comes with that, and you will increase the comfort level that we’ll be there with you to step through this project.

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