Weekly opt in testing for teachers and monetary bonuses for workers who have been required to risk their health for others are in the news today as the nation continues to grapple with the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic. And while there are plenty of new policies and procedures in place that provide for workers across many industries, there is also no denying that the physical work place for many people have changed. In alterations that some predict may never go away, a growing part of the work force is now working from home and leaving large and expensive office spaces vacant. And in those spaces where workers must be physically present to do their jobs, there is an entire industry ready to meet the needs of creating a safer, more socially distanced work force.
From the basic warehouse partitioning systems and prefabricated office walls that have been installed to the construction of in-plant modular offices in large factories and warehouse, rethinking physical spaces is now an important part of nearly every industry.
In-Plant Modular Offices Provide a Way for Managers to Easily and Effectively Interact with Production Work Forces
As companies of all size look at ways to cut costs and create safer work environments it should come as no surprise that there is a growing need for a different kind of in-plant modular office. When many management jobs are moved from the expensive ivory towers that have long been the hallmark of some of the biggest companies, it is important to note that there is still a need for a managerial presence in both factories and warehouses. As a result, the cost of installing a new in-plant modular office in an existing warehouse and eliminating the cost of executive off site offices in increasingly common. Fortunately, there is an entire industry that has been ready and waiting to create the new spaces that are needed.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the many ways that the modular and prefabricated office and building industry has impacted the economy of the nation, especially at a time when everyone is worried about STAYING SAFE:
- Studies from the Building Industry Association of Philadelphia estimates that going modular can reduce construction cost by 9% to 20%. This is encouraging news as more and more schools and health facilities are searching for different kinds of spaces.
- The two main types of modular construction are permanent and relocatable and both are needed to meet the demands of health and safety regulations.
- As modular methods allow for speedier construction times while still maintaining quality, there are reports that one Chinese modular construction company recently built a 57-story building in just 19 days.
- You can understand then why these same principles are so effective in the new construction needs hospitals and vaccine distribution centers have.
- In addition to its speed, modular construction also reduces energy consumption during the building process by 67% and reduces energy costs later on for occupants.
- No company had the budget for many of the physical changes that are bring required, so a cost saving approach is essential.
- Going into the year 2020, Modular construction was becoming increasingly popular for hotels. For example, Marriott International pledged to modularly construct 13% of its North American developments in 2017.
- Since applications of these modular approaches have helped many industries quickly adapt.
- A growing amount of research indicates that In 2011, prefabricated and modular construction was particularly popular for certain commercial applications.
- For example, 49% of respondents used these processes for healthcare facilities, 42% used them for dormitories and other college buildings, and 42% used these methods to construct manufacturing facilities. Those companies and no profits that were already using these technologies were perfectly positioned to expand the use of these efficient and affordable building options.
- Estimates indicate that 90% of engineers, 84% of contractors, and 76% of architects use prefab/modular construction processes on at least some projects. As an example of the effectiveness of using modular and prefabricated methods, these processes can reduce waste materials, including cement, bricks, timber, concrete, wood pallets, shrink wrap, cardboard, and plasterboard, by as much as 90%, according to UK-based WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme).
Effectively meeting today’s health and safety challenges is even more important today than every before.