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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Modular Buildings In Snow Country

Tips On How To Build A Great Modular Building In Snow Country

It is that time of year when everyone starts to pull out their ski jackets and plan for the winter storms and cold weather.  
There is a misconception that prefabricated or modular buildings can not be constructed to hold up to harsh winter conditions.   When you have a great design team you are able to get a modular building that will keep you acclimated in the worst weather conditions. 
Listed below are a few tips for consideration when planning a new modular building that will be placed in an extremely cold climate:

  • Insulation:  Continuous insulation, with high R factors will allow the building envelope to keep your inside temperatures warmer and hold the heat in.
  • Roof snow load:  Roof snow load in modular buildings are frequently at #60 or #80 roof snow load.  Talk to your design professional and make sure your design will accommodate the heavy snow season
  • Mechanical Systems:  Some clients are misinformed and think that they can only get those wall hung mechanical units that only have 9EER rating and use ALOT of electricity in the winter months.  This is an archaic concept.  Our modular buildings today have been equipped with VRF, Geothermal, Mini-splits, Package Units with high efficiency or gas heat.  You will want to take your time and explore all the options, life cycle, and operational costs of the various systems out there and make an educated and informed decision.
  • Exposure:  Site placement of your building using best practices for sun and wind exposure will help with overall cost management of heating and cooling costs.
  • Crawl space or slab:  There are advantages and disadvantages to both, talk through the options with your design professional to get the best solution for your site.

For more information on building a better modular building in cold country consult our design team for a free consultation and budgetary proposal:

Phone:  800-441-8577 x 1 (Sales)

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Modular Buildings Reimagined

100% Recycle, With Re-imagined Modular Buildings

We are frequently asked "What is the life cycle of that modular building?"  Our answer is easy to stand behind and that is equal to or longer than any site built structure with the same specification.

Some structures have been on a site for 20 years, and it is time to re-imagine the building.   The bones or structural elements of the building remain in great shape and only the aesthetic finishes need an improvement.  

The great thing about a modular structure is that you can renovate it in place or you can take it back to the factory for a complete rebuild.  When faced with throwing 20,000 lbs per section into a community landfill or spending some money to revitalize a community which is the better option?

Take a look at some of our re-imagined modular buildings and you decide.

For more information contact our team:
Modular Solutions, Ltd
Phone:  800-441-8577 x 1 (Sales)

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Modern Design Finishes In Modular Construction

Don't Settle For Siding, On Your Modular Building

Today there are so many choices and options available in commercial construction why would you settle for "siding".  While this is main stream in the modular industry, and holds up pretty well in the long run, there are some other great options that will give you a fresh and modern approach to your finished commercial modular building.

Stone, Stucco, Steel:  A great Combination
Many of our clients will choose a combination of natural and man made elements to see a cohesion of design and artistic embellishment. 

What better way to show your community you care about how you blend in, and will contribute to the overall well being of the community by being invested.  
Steel Siding looks like Board & Bat & Vertical

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


A Better Way To Build © video now on you tube

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We want everyone to understand there is a difference between a basic shoe box with a lid, and the type of prefabricated construction that is now available.

Our team has developed great projects based on satisfying the owners' need for a faster schedule without any compromises in aesthetic or structural finishes.

How do we do it? 

By creating innovative space solutions, and thinking outside the "BOX"

To learn more stop by our website or call our team:

Modular Solutions, Ltd
Phone:  800-441-8577 x 1 (Sales)

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Building Intelligent Modular Buildings

Building Automation Systems For Modular Buildings

The construction industry, like all industries, has evolved with the infusion of technology and modern resources.  Building Automation Systems (BAS)  are being incorporated  into the design of new prefabricated buildings, and are user friendly.  In years past the communication or fire or mechanical systems were so intricate that the owners' had to attend week long training sessions on how to operate their new system.

Today, if you know how to operate a smart phone application, you can operate your building automation program.  Through advanced integration of access control, building automation, and lighting control building occupants have better air quality, lighting control, and a more secured work environment

Smart technology does come at a price, but for remote or rural areas that have minimal staff available a smart building can make sense.

Companies such as Honeywell, Siemens, Leviton, GE, and many others are helping to provide complete building solutions into your new permanent modular building facility.

To learn more about building automation systems contact:

Phone:  800-441-8577 x 1 (Sales)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Life Safety Tips For Your Commercial Modular Building

Building & Keeping A Safer Commercial Modular Building

When organizations look at the initial cost of a life safety design in a commercial modular building they will often try to get a waiver to omit or minimize the life safety requirements.   While there are ways to design more "cost-effective" an organization should not try to eliminate the option of having a safer building and site design. 

Some tips below are recommendations for keeping your site & building safe:

  • Keep shrubs and overgrowth cut back and away from the building.  If any of the greenery is now brown cut that back or remove it it from site
  • If you have gas water heaters or gas heat test and inspect your carbon monoxide safety detectors regularly 
  • Fire sprinklers are mandatory in some occupancy uses, and also in some city or local jurisdictions.   If a fire district has waived the requirement of fire sprinklers, take a second look at your budget and see if you can afford including them.   Not only can fire sprinklers save your property they save lives
  • Fire alarm systems are very affordable now, and recommended.  Most jurisdictions require a fire alarm system in all commercial buildings.   If you are considering a fire alarm system look into an addressable system that is not proprietary so you can change or modify or test your system affordably in the future

  • Watch your design flow to eliminate dead end corridors and long paths of egress.  Sometimes it means adding a few more hallways or extra doors, but in the event of an emergency it is always nice to have a faster way out
  • Keep your fire extinguishers readily accessible and keep your staff informed as to where they are.  The most common location is by an egress door.  Test them and look for expiration dates on the green tags.
  • Non-combustible design is another option if you have a larger budget.  While this type of construction does cost more, the design criteria incorporated will save lives.

If you would like more information contact our team at Modular Solutions, Ltd

Phone:  800-441-8577 x 1 (Sales)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Solutions To Finding Skilled Work Force In The Construction Industry

Skilled Tradesmen Hard To Find For Traditional Construction, Prefabrication Is The Best Solution!

There was a recent article in the Phoenix Business Journal that a large construction company was having a hiring fair looking for 1000 candidates to fill open and key positions in their company.   The phenomenon of MIA qualified candidates to fill critical positions in the construction industry is overwhelming.

 Building customer loyalty and getting repeat or referral business is key to the successful performance of any contracting company.  With the shortage of qualified employees and team members in the traditional construction industry many construction companies are having to overwork current employees or send out untrained employees to try and cover a scope successfully.    

While this challenge is difficult for traditional general contractors, there is a solution that will not only help provide quality permanent structures, but that can also accelerate the construction schedule by months.    We are of course talking about prefabricated buildings and the modular industry.

Our modular manufacturing plant at Modular Solutions, Ltd in Phoenix, AZ has a family of team members that have been with us for years, and that can build any type of facility "off-site" for permanent use.

Stucco, Brick, Block, Steel, Stone, Wood, Vinyl, or any other type of exterior finish you can imagine can be included in your new modular building.   

With new construction technologies and the use of MPANELS ©, we are able to include high ceilings and concrete slab floors in your permanent "off-site" prefabricated building.     If your general contractor or architect is not considering off-site construction help educate them.  Prefabricated buildings are being used for hotels, clinics, recreations centers, school campuses, gymnasiums, kitchen and dining facilities, churches and religious worship centers, military facilities, specialty enclosures, guard shacks, and more!

There is a better way to build, and we would love to share more.   To learn more about prefabrication and accelerating your construction schedule contact our team:

Phone:   (800) 441-8577 x 1 (Sales)