It is important to recognize that modular construction has some limitations. In this video, Jim discusses issues such as less flexibility in architectural design that can be imposed due to a need to standardize components and describes additional limitations such as proximity to a manufacturing facility and restrictions imposed by local requirements and site conditions.
- Going modular affects everyone on the AEC team. … To be most effective, … the discussion around modularizing pieces … of a structure or a facility needs to take place … very early in the design phase. … The logistics of prefabricating components offsite … and then transporting them for onsite assembly … can impose new constraints and really have an impact … on the architect. … To get an architect's point of view on this concept, … I spoke with Alison Rainey … from Shepley Bulfinch architecture … who worked as the designer for a lab building … at Harvard University that was designed and built … with the total modular concept in mind from day one. … Here's what Alison had to say. … - So, working with prefabrication … or modular units has a great impact … on what we do as designers. … It actually sets up some constraints … and as much as fun as it is to have zero constraints, … it's also equally compelling to work within constraints … because you understand sort of the system … that you're working in. …
- What is modular construction?
- Advantages of modular construction
- Limitations of modular construction
- Combining on-site and premanufactured construction
- Benefits: Continuous improvement to sustainability