Engineering Your Protection
The Modular Building Institute (MBI) describes today's modular construction as greener, faster, and smarter (http://www.modular.org/HtmlPage.aspx?name=why_modular). It is no longer a world of portable metal T-Shacks of the past. Just a quick look at MBI's Awards page will show how far modular construction has come in the past few decades. The modular construction of today is simply a panelized methodology for building that offers many advantages and the results can be indistinguishable from traditionally built buildings.
According to MBI,
"Permanent Modular Construction (PMC) is an innovative, sustainable construction delivery method utilizing offsite, lean manufacturing techniques to prefabricate single or multi-story whole building solutions in deliverable module sections. PMC modules can be integrated into site built projects or stand alone as a turn-key solution and can be delivered with MEP, fixtures and interior finishes in less time -- with less waste, and higher quality control compared to projects utilizing only site-built construction. Recent research has come out supporting the fact that modular construction is an efficient construction process and poised to help the construction industry grow."
One reason for this predicted growth is the savings of on-site labor personnel requirements and labor time and as the old adage goes, "Time is money." Production of modular buildings in just the commercial sector of the United States alone shows increases in almost every state and predictions for growth of this industry are in the billions annually.
Using Protective Technologies' Unified Wall Panel with our optional ThreatStop protective panel for man-made and natural threats is a cost-effective way to build a permanent structure either through a modular methodology or a traditional stick build methodology.
Permanent Modular can be indistinguishable from a traditional built structure. Exterior cladding and interior Tenant Improvement options are the same as traditional built. An example of a permanent modular build is Murray Middle School in Ridgecrest, CA on the NAWS China Lake base. It was built using our Unified Wall Panel System methodology to DoD Unified Facilities Criteria for Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection.
Semi-permanent modular structures are built similar to permanent structures but technically can be moved if needed. These structures are usually built on a pier system with no poured foundation. This is a popular build in situation or sites where digging is not allowed or difficult to do. We designed this administrative and engineering building for Monroe Energy in Trainer, PA using our Unified Wall Panel System methodology. The interior is commercial Class B including offices and conference rooms.
Temporary modular is what most people think of when they think modular. These structures are generally portable but can be built on a pier system for added stability as well. An example of temporary modular using our Unified Wall Panel System methodology is our Blast Resistant Module (BRM) which can be built to custom threat assessment needs, wired as needed and includes HVAC systems as well.