Bridging the Gap Between Conventional and Modular Construction

When you are considering adding an office, breakroom, guard house, bathroom, or otherwise to your commercial building, would you call a general contractor with conventional construction methods or a material handling distributor that offers modular construction? There seems to be a split in the industry. A general contractor is unlikely to quote modular construction, but material handling companies usually don't build with studs and drywall. Why is there little to no overlap?

The answer is simple: permitting. For years the sentiment has been that modular construction does not require permits. This is a common misconception, but unfortunately modular construction without permits has been practiced for decades. To be clear, modular construction must be permitted. It's also true that it was highly unconventional for general contractors to embrace modular construction until we – McGee Storage and Handling - embraced the challenge.

McGee is a fully licensed general contractor that can pull permits and oversee all the necessary subcontractors without hiding behind the inspectors in a time when the gap between conventional construction and modular construction has never been greater.

The marketplace in late 2021 has become chaotic for conventional construction. Currently, the industry is facing product shortages and massive variances in costs that have made it difficult to hold to fixed bid pricing. Nowadays, it is standard to come across change orders and surcharges, which force the end-user into complying with these surprise charges or facing a stoppage of work. Nowadays, such instances are the expectation, not the exception to the rule.

Additional issues facing conventional construction right now include scheduling to milestones and manpower. Last year, products could cost as much as 40% less and took only one-third of the time they are taking currently. The supply chain has become overtaxed to the point that receiving materials in the promised time frame can be a challenge. Coupled with crew volatility due to labor shortages, the speed of progress and the quality of the end product can suffer.

Fully permitted Modular Panelized Construction from McGee Storage and Handling is an attractive way to circumvent these issues. Currently an office can be delivered, installed, and permitted in less than eight weeks. An Exterior Building / Guard House can be finished in ten weeks. Furthermore, the cost of the building components is stable, with no change orders or the aforementioned surcharges. A quotation may be sent within three business days with a drawing or even a video depiction. After approval drawings, which take less than one week to produce, your office will ship in five to six weeks. Permitting and Installation will bring the total time up to eight weeks from conception to completion. Conventional Construction is currently unable to come close to this timeframe.

The decision is easy once you add in the advantages of modular construction: clean installation (no sanding, cutting, and painting), the ability to reconfigure without tearing down, and the fact that the construction is considered "equipment" so it can be depreciated as such. When you throw in speed of building and stability in the cost, it makes the decision easy.

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