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Living the “American Dream” means consuming the most product while spending the least amount of time and money as possible. With that being said, it is no wonder that modular and pre-fabricated construction has seen exponential increases in popularity over the past few years. Companies in different fields are recognizing the various benefits that modular buildings have to offer.
New York forged the path for modular buildings last year with the construction of the worlds tallest pre-fab building reaching 322-feet in the air (Click here to read more). The architect of a New York City apartment building set in “the hipster capital of the world,” Jim Garrison, has a plan to make a “pod hotel” using modulars (Click here to read more). Even the mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has recognized the time-saving and cost-efficient benefits of modular buildings in his “tiny-apartment” initiative. The popularity of modulars in New York has a lot to do with time and money, but also safety and loss prevention. Since modular buildings are constructed in an off site building, the chances of theft are substantially less than a building constructed on-site, in an open area.
Not only are modulars popular in the big cities, but are the top choice when re-building communities after a disaster. After hurricane Sandy hit the east coast in 2012, modulars that met the requirements to withstand harsh weather were built to replace destroyed homes. The quick install time and lower costs makes modulars the perfect choice for helping to re-build homes and lives. Read more about how modular buildings help disaster-stricken communities, here.
On August, 29, 2011 The Gazette published a response article in defense of modular buildings.
” Re: “Failing grade for trailers” (Gazette, Aug. 6).
The Gazette’s story on emergency classrooms in Haiti called into question the quality and durability of those modular classrooms.
The reporters cited issues such as “incredible heat, unsatisfactory sanitation facilities, lack of ventilation, leaks, mould and, in one case, high levels of formaldehyde,” as well as questioning whether they are, as billed, hurricane-proof.
In 2004, four hurricanes hit Florida, causing over $50 billion in property damage. What went underreported was the fact that 1,600 manufactured homes built to the 1994 wind standards of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development were hit by those hurricanes.
How many were blown off their foundations? None.
How many were destroyed? Zero. Based on reading The Gazette’s story, would readers know that those classrooms, if properly installed, could withstand 140-mile-per-hour hurricane winds?
The story also said that the modular classrooms did not have running water and latrines. Imagine Haiti’s devastation. There are problems with infrastructure, transportation, shortages of materials and a host of other things.
Bathrooms in classrooms require hookups to sewer lines. There is no failure in design or construction if proper utility hookups were not done.
On the reported issues with air quality and mould: no air conditioning was evident in the photos, and it was not mentioned in the story. These modular units were probably designed to have air conditioning installed on site. Without air conditioning in a highly humid climate, mould could form. Blame nature, but not the builder or those who provided humanitarian relief.
Formaldehyde exists in most construction. It is found in building materials, resins and fabrics. It is also part of your body chemistry. Energy-efficient construction is “tighter,” so formaldehyde’s effects on the eyes in hot conditions are more acute. Air conditioning is a solution.
Can we believe that those involved wanted to do a bad job for Haitians? We do not know enough to cast blame on anyone or anything, other than the difficult conditions in Haiti.
Modular and pre-fab construction is used worldwide in commercial, office and residential housing. More than 20 million people in the U.S. and Canada live in factory-built homes.
Hundreds of thousands are employed by the industry and its suppliers. The article does an injustice to builders of manufactured and modular homes and those who dwell in them by using derogatory terms like “trailer.” The media should use proper terminology and avoid outdated stereotypes.
L.A. (Tony) Kovach Publisher, Manufactured Home Marketing Sales Management (MHMSM.com) Chicago
Take a look at the great decks that Prevost Construction has built over the years:
The pictures below are of decks ADA approved.
If you need to build a handicap accessible ramp to attach to your deck be aware that there are very specific rules that must be followed. First you must build the ramp at a 1:12 slope, which means that you can only drop 1’ for every 12’ of distance the ramp covers. ADA ramps that extend beyond 30’ must have an intermediate landing. The ramp and platforms must be finished with a slip resistant surface.
Ramps are usually framed with 2×12 stringers the same as stairs. Because ramps will usually terminate at the ground it may be necessary to bury a part of the frame to provide a smooth landing area. In order to do this you need to use .60 RET pressure treated lumber that is rated for ground contact. You may also want to surround the base of the ramp with compact gravel to promote drainage. Rails are required as in the case of stairs. Always verify your plans with your local building inspections department before building a ramp.
Three new accessories for your pick up truck below:
1. A.R.E Deluxe Commercial Units are made of welded aluminum frames. They are available in over 2 hundred options, with a variety of door and window configurations, toolboxes, ladder racks, interior liners and made in four height configurations. www.4are.com
2. Daws Better Built HD truck box includes storage trays, interchangeable dividers, and 90 degree lid opening and offset lid. A power portable access point is available to run electricity into the box! www.dawesbetterbuilt.com3. For remodeling contractors, Masterack developed a Racks and Bins system that includes plenty of drawers and cabinet storage. The system transforms a van into a workshop on wheels. Ladder racks, safety equipment and accessories can be added. www.masterack.com
For more truck accessories, clock on the Qualfied Remodeler article at www.qualifiedremodeler.com
“Modular Buildings offer a cost effective and fast way of developing additional space for your business to occupy. “
Need reasons for why your business or future home should be modular? Check out the article below and contact Prevost Construction, so we can start building a modular for you!
“Sometimes, the pace of growth of a business can exceed the available infrastructure, and require the addition of extra space for staff at very short notice. When such growth cannot be accommodated within your existing premises, damage can be done to the growth of the company unless appropriate space can be found quickly. Expanding your existing building can be expensive and is a long process that is fraught with costs and regulations while moving to new premises is an even more complex process. Modular Buildings offer a cost effective and fast way of developing additional space for your business to occupy.
In essence, modular buildings are temporary structures that can be fitted together from prefabricated parts, and feature panels that are bolted to a frame. There are a number of different variations on the standard modular building model, and the biggest advantages that they have is the speed with which they can be constructed in comparison to a conventional building.
In the past, modular buildings had a reputation for being ugly and drafty temporary places that were noisy and cold and did not offer the basic facilities that are required in a modern office such as adequate power supplies and integrated telephone systems. The days of the beige box are now long gone however, and modern modular buildings are designed and built to a much higher standard than ever before, and feature high quality components throughout. The decoration of each installation is designed to match your specifications to ensure that the new building matches with the rest of your building.
Modern modular buildings are custom designed to your exact needs, and include all the facilities that modern business requires. You can specify everything from the color and position of the interior walls through to the number of power outlets and telephone sockets that are installed in the structure. Thanks to the use of ¼” tempered glass throughout the construction of the building and the inclusion of sound reduction panels in both interior and exterior walls, it is easy to work inside the building without having the sound from outside interrupting and disturbing you.
There are modular buildings that are designed for both interior and exterior use, so whether you are using space within a large warehouse or factory building, or alternatively need to expand outside to get enough space for your additional space, you can choose a building to meet the exact needs of the environment where it is to be located.
One of the main advantages of choosing a modular building is that due to the nature of the construction it is possible to make changes to the layout and structure of the building in the future to ensure that as your business changes, your facilities will be able to grow and adapt with you.
Thanks to the ease with which the construction can be carried out, and of course the lower cost point offered by modular buildings over traditional construction methods, it makes a lot of sense for your business to choose this system ahead of the alternatives, because you will be able to achieve the additional space that you need in a fraction of the time that would be needed otherwise, and at a much lower cost than if you were to have the structure built using traditional techniques.”
The Iron/Occasions ITB presented by Kohler offers homeowners a complete island solution with the combination sink and countertop! The island features a seamless, integrated trough and a containment rim for enhanced cleanability and a beautiful appearance. The Iron/Occasions Island offers flexible installation options and can be mounted on common island cabinetry or placed on the optional stainless steel base for a modern feel.
The island is guaranteed not to chip, crack or burn. Two cutting boards are included with the island. These paper-based fiber composite cutting boards are low-profile, dishwasher-safe, and scratch and stain resistant. Also provided is a drain cover to give that modern look!
Visit www.kohler.com to pick out your island!
A centerpiece for your outdoor occassion, the outdoor campfyre adds style and heat to your beautiful nights outside. RH Peterson, Co. created an outdoor campfyre with a variety of selections. The options are endless in choosing realistic designer logs and branches, lava granules and coals, fyre gems or fyre glass.
The 70,000-Btu stainless-steel burner system features a flame-sensor safety-control system with electronic ignition and remote-control capabilities.
For more information about this product, visit www.rhpeterson.com